12 Weeks of Brown Rice and Salads to $800 and a Sexier Husband

Hmmmm….interested in our new healthy quest? Here’s our first rice bowl to start us off for a 2017 challenge. . . . → Read More: 12 Weeks of Brown Rice and Salads to $800 and a Sexier Husband

Mediterranean Medley Pasta Salad

I know, I know….this isn’t exactly a “Salad-a-Day” but I am at least doing better than I did last summer. Here is today’s salad, an easy and delicious salad full of veggies. . . . → Read More: Mediterranean Medley Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato Soup

I’m in a funk….

Work has been busy but what else is new?

Although I have cooked and baked, I just haven’t felt like posting anything. (And if I am being totally forthcoming here, I haven’t cooked or baked all that much. Lots of sandwiches recently ’round here.)

Is it the weather change?

Am I . . . → Read More: Roasted Tomato Soup

Tomato Jam

We are picking tomatoes daily.   Be prepared, dear reader, for lots of tomato recipe.

I am going to start out with the best one ever:   Tomato Jam.   If you have a garden, visit farmers markets,  or belong to a CSA, you must have this book:   The Preservation Kitchen by Paul . . . → Read More: Tomato Jam

Oregano-Tomato Butter

Getting ready for the Fourth? Top your grilled corn on the cob with this great butter (or put it on burgers, steaks, BLTs…) . . . → Read More: Oregano-Tomato Butter

Alone in the kitchen with leftover eggplant…

The title of this post is an allusion to an essay in Laurie Colwin’s book Home Cooking, a book that Cook the Books Club recently featured.     Colwin’s ‘s essay is actually entitled “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant” and I referenced it in my latest CTB post.

This recipe is another homage to the late . . . → Read More: Alone in the kitchen with leftover eggplant…

Fresh Salad with Baked Goat Cheese

Back from Santa Fe, picking tomatoes and fresh herbs from the green house and fresh greens from the hoop house. . . . → Read More: Fresh Salad with Baked Goat Cheese

Fresh Mozzarella Roulade with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

The latest foodie challenge from the hubby. He heard about this dish and explained it to me in glowing terms. This is what we came up with. . . . → Read More: Fresh Mozzarella Roulade with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Livin’ Large at the Lake.

Some more musings on lake life and a super simple sandwich recipe: Turkey Hummus Wraps. . . . → Read More: Livin’ Large at the Lake.

From one impressionable age to another…

A recipe for a light refreshing salad inspired from “An Embarrassment of Mangoes” by Anne Vanderhoof. . . . → Read More: From one impressionable age to another…

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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