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Mama, the Special Ingredient

Mama, the Special Ingredient

Making meatballs with my mom on a Saturday when I was very small was the first time I thought she might be a superhero. She could wash dishes in scalding hot water without batting … Continue reading

Snow Food

Snow Food

The snow is falling outside and the errands were all done yesterday so it was just laundry and chili today.  The first time I threw this particular chili recipe together was when we lived … Continue reading

Grab and Go Breakfasts

Grab and Go Breakfasts

If morning coffee is ready, I’m only 50% cranky in the morning.  If I eat breakfast, I take that down to only being about 20% cranky.  In an attempt to have something a little … Continue reading

Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day: A Southern Tradition

Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day: A Southern Tradition

I married into a very tight Southern family whose roots can be traced back to the area for more than a century. For me as a military brat with family scattered all over the … Continue reading

Biscuits and Elevation

Biscuits and Elevation

Whenever I’ve noticed altitude notes in cookbooks and on cake mix boxes  I’ve always thought, what???  Living at a high elevation I now understand what all the fuss is about.  Epicurious has a great article … Continue reading

Mashed Romano Potatoes

Mashed Romano Potatoes

Last week, my family and I ate at the The Fish House Vera Cruz restaurant in San Marcos, CA. I ordered a Cajun fish kabob with a side of steamed veggies, and at the … Continue reading

Tian Warwick

Tian Warwick

I’m an Ina Garten super fan, and when I saw her make this vegetable tian on her show back in November I knew we should try it out for Thanksgiving. It turned out so … Continue reading

Brussels Sprouts and Christmas ’11

Brussels Sprouts and Christmas ’11

Who compromises in the kitchen?  I must admit, I don’t like to! Subliminally without plan we ended up making an English roast dinner for Christmas, including the required Brussels sprouts, something I’ve never cooked … Continue reading

The Blue Devil

The Blue Devil

Deviled eggs are a staple for gatherings and they usually follow a standard recipe, with yolks combined with some mayo, maybe a little relish and then dusted with paprika.  But what about those times … Continue reading

Small Bites

A new caffeine addiction alert!

Recently I switched to a new coffee and it’s been absolutely life sustaining. Allow me to introduce my new BFF, Gevalia Traditional Roast. He’s rich, smooth and never bitter. Swedish in origin, Gevalia has … Continue reading

New York Cupcake

Not sure what it was Monday night, maybe it was the stressful meeting that day or the giddy tourist teenagers running into Crumbs Bakery that made me follow. They really didn’t need any sugar, … Continue reading

The Food Truck Experience

I was working in a primo location in Los Angeles this week, right across from LACMA on Wilshire Boulevard and the food trucks were out in full force at lunch.  Oh if I didn’t … Continue reading