August is crazy if you have school kids! And it doesn’t matter if they are old or young. Young kids outgrow their school clothes, need $376 of (really specific) school supplies and are anxious about their new teacher. Older kids start school sports, end summer jobs… and maybe even fly away to college at dawn (Mom sobs.) So it was … Continue reading
Late summer is tomato season–hooray! Blessed by vines laden with juicy red fruits, they feature prominently on seasonal menus. Yes, today’s tomato special is… Cherry Tomato Pasta Puttanesca. I am a member of two CSAs (yes, two!)–a holdover from the days my household numbered six. As a result, I can find myself with a bit of a tomato overload if … Continue reading
I grew a new herb on a whim last year—lemon balm. Lemons had been scarce in our area and virtually absent in organic form, which is always my first choice. I had even needed to make my Lemon Ginger Honey Tea with lime. Yes, it was a tough year for lemon lovers. But what if I could produce a nice … Continue reading
One of the things I like about blogging is some of the fun & educational things you get to do. About a month ago I attended a blog meets beef tour in Columbus, Ohio thanks to the Wisconsin Beef Council and other sponsors. Along with fellow Midwest food bloggers and some super smart food professionals, we visited a beef farm, … Continue reading
Have you seen the cute youtube video about the boy who was planning to go to a broccoli farm? His parents thought they’d surprise him with a trip to the circus instead—and his reaction? He really wanted to go to the broccoli farm! I so understand! I was seriously excited when I got to go to a beef farm last … Continue reading
A freezer full of salmon. A big jar of miso. Life is good. So I guess it was inevitable that they would one day come together as Miso Glazed Salmon and Snow Peas (the snow peas courtesy of my buying club). Recently, I discovered a recipe for one pan roasted roots & sausage–and a light bulb went on. I should … Continue reading
I just rediscovered a long lost recipe. It’s almost as much fun as meeting an old friend! Back in my Corporate Mom days, this recipe for Thai Fish Cakes was a staple. It comes together quickly into a mild but tasty entree that pleases both kids and adults. Add a slightly exotic sauce (with only four ingredients) and you have … Continue reading
This recipe, for One Pan Roasted Roots & Sausage, is based on one from a recent Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I like the fact that they get it. It’s winter so we need comfort food… and it needs to be easy and (don’t forget) nutritious. If it also uses up leftover CSA veggies, I am so in.
Aren’t the holidays wonderful? Delicious food, festive gatherings, beautiful décor, the inevitable weight gain… Okay not that last one. And yes, I gained 4 pounds over the holidays—ouch! While I firmly believe that decadence has Its place, I think I took it too far! So to celebrate my upcoming turnaround I am making Pork & Mushroom Ragout with Carrots and … Continue reading
The holidays are fun! Fancy cookies, colorful pies, glorious desserts! Stop me before I bake again! Yes, I think it’s time for a salad. Something like this super easy, tasty Thai Beef Salad!