Please Meet Anna…..

Welcome to a late addition to C.L.U.E. as I try to rectify a formidable FUBAR. Here’s a great Black Bean Salad and a Pasta Mediterranean Salad from Anna Dishes. . . . → Read More: Please Meet Anna…..

Spicy Southwest Chipotle Salad for #HotSummerEats

Today is the final day of #HotSummerEats which was organized by Culinary Adventures with Camilla.   What a ride it’s been.  Thanks, Cam!  Camilla is so creative with her events and she definitely secures some of the best and most delicious sponsors.  To win some of this great swag, remember that it is also the last day to enter . . . → Read More: Spicy Southwest Chipotle Salad for #HotSummerEats

Garden Update

I hope I am not jinxing our future harvests by sharing an emerging future bounty of apples, apricots, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, and grapes…. . . . → Read More: Garden Update

Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Farro

I good winter salad but I imagine this would be more delicious with garden fresh vegetables! . . . → Read More: Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Farro

Spaghetti and Meatballs for Food ‘n Flix

We really are an eclectic group of film goers at Food ‘n Flix.   Last month we watched Bridgette Jones’ Diary, a truly adult film.   We have watched many foreign films including dramas like Babette’s Feast and documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi.   But every once in a while, the membership likes to throw in an animated . . . → Read More: Spaghetti and Meatballs for Food ‘n Flix

Warm Garden Salsa #10DaysofTailgate: The Kick-Off!

I am not a huge football fan.

My high school was so small…..

How small was it?

It was so small that we did not have a football team.  No joke, I graduated with eleven people.  We couldn’t even field an 8-man team.

When I got to college, I went to the obligatory football . . . → Read More: Warm Garden Salsa #10DaysofTailgate: The Kick-Off!

Grilled Eggplant-Tomato Pitas

Well, we are definitely back from the lake (and have been for some time).

I am still enjoying my time off at home (which is coming to an end soon), but I did have to start working and tweaking and modding the master schedule so students can get the classes the need/want.   This is a giant Rubik’s . . . → Read More: Grilled Eggplant-Tomato Pitas

That’s Amore!

Here is my take on a Sicilian Pizza as inspired by Moonstruck, our Food ‘n Flix feature for June. . . . → Read More: That’s Amore!

White Bean-Tomato Soup with Chickpea “Croutons”

For my very first Secret Recipe Club assignment back in July 2011, I tried to roast chickpeas.   I love chickpeas and I love wasabi peas so I had high hopes.   They came out soggy and chewy, not crunchy and delicious.   (Needless to say I moved on to another recipe.)

Recently I was . . . → Read More: White Bean-Tomato Soup with Chickpea “Croutons”

Peperonata Chicken Pasta

Peperonata Chicken Pasta

Here is a delicious main dish for February’s Secret Recipe Club. . . . → Read More: Peperonata Chicken Pasta

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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