Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Happy Autumn Equinox! Mother Earth decided to bless us by sending our first real Fall day.  The temperature dropped from the upper 90s down to 72 and breezy in just a couple days.  The wind smelled wet and cold.  It blew strongest in the afternoon and the dust was so thick in places that visibility was… Continue reading Oven Braised Chicken with Tomato and Olive Sauce

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese

I woke up in the middle of the night freezing cold.  Even though I had a fuzzy warm blanket and my son snuggled up next to me, it wasn’t enough to keep me warm.  I managed to sleep the rest of the night, but first thing this morning, before I even made coffee, I lit… Continue reading Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese

Breakfast Tacos

Are you feeling those first stirrings of Fall yet?  I know I have been for a couple of weeks now.  The nights are much cooler.  My bedroom windows are still open at night, but only a crack.  The evenings are still very warm but I have pulled out the warmer blankets for the middle of… Continue reading Breakfast Tacos

How To Make Fresh Pasta (without a pasta machine)

So this year I’m going to try to spend an hour or two each week doing something 100% for myself. This week I tackled pasta. I have always wanted to try making fresh pasta, but it seemed like such a useless skill considering how many different kinds of pasta I can pick up at the store for $1.00.

Winter, Changes and a December Soup

Winter has touched the landscape with its icy fingers.  This morning I woke up to a crisp 25 degrees outside.  A thick layer of frost blanketed the ground.  The apple trees and grapevines have been bare for over a week, the ice in the bird baths is 1/2 inch thick in the mornings, and piles… Continue reading Winter, Changes and a December Soup

30 Days of Renewal – Day 6 – Oven Baked Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

I tried to get this posted yesterday, but Tom’s boss was coming to visit so I was a bit busy getting ready. Tom has an incredible metabolism. He is one of those guys who needs to eat 3000 calories a day just to maintain his body weight.  If I don’t keep the house stocked with… Continue reading 30 Days of Renewal – Day 6 – Oven Baked Marinated Chicken Drumsticks

Venison Stew and Cooking with a Baby

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Ours was smaller then normal, but wonderful anyway.  We had all our favorite dishes and Gavin even napped for a record 4 hours while I cooked during the afternoon.  Definitely something to be thankful for! These days if you looked in my window you would most likely see… Continue reading Venison Stew and Cooking with a Baby

Cheap Eats: Braised Pork Shoulder

My dad was the king of getting a good deal.  He was an Extreme Couponer before there were Extreme Couponers.  As a teenager, driving practice meant driving my dad to 3 different grocery stores so he could be sure to get the best deal.  I thought it was so ridiculous and insisted that we must… Continue reading Cheap Eats: Braised Pork Shoulder

Steve’s Creamy Pinto Beans

After my dad passed away in 2005 my mind was full of all the things I would miss.  His laugh, his advice, his silly nicknames.  It wasn’t until about a year later when I realized I also never learned how he made his famous pinto beans and I LOVE his pinto beans.  They were always… Continue reading Steve’s Creamy Pinto Beans