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

Green Salad with Beet and Carrot

The rainy season is here!  Bright green grass now covers the ground.  The grapevines are rapidly losing their leaves.  A fire in the wood burning stove is now a nightly necessity and we have swapped our summer clothes for winter ones.  This is my favorite time of year.  Around here we get rain that falls… Continue reading Green Salad with Beet and Carrot

Wishing for Summer – Quinoa Salad

I cannot wait for summer food. Peaches, tomatoes, watermelon, cold potato and pasta salads, Popsicles, lemonade, BBQ chicken… please wait while I stop drooling… Ok I’m back. I needed a summer food fix so I threw together this fast little salad. Quinoa is a great alternative to my favorite pasta, potato and rice salads and… Continue reading Wishing for Summer – Quinoa Salad

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

Egg and Sausage Breakfast Sandwich To-Go

His alarm blazes Sweet Home Alabama every morning at 5:30 am. He is so quick to turn it off that I rarely wake to hear it.  45 minutes later his old blue and silver GMC truck rumbles to life.  The dog, hearing the engine, pulls himself up from his place by the fire and trots… Continue reading Egg and Sausage Breakfast Sandwich To-Go

In the Garden: Roasted Tomato Soup

This morning I smacked the snooze button on my alarm and snuggled under the blankets for a few extra minutes.  It’s the first morning where I felt like it was going to be cold when I took off that blanket.  It was, thanks to the rain that fell last night and there is more planned… Continue reading In the Garden: Roasted Tomato Soup

Red Lentil Dal – For When Your Sick

I really thought I wouldn’t get sick this early in the season, but when I started hearing rumors of a cold going around I began to get this sinking feeling that I was next.  I’m one of those people who gets sick if a contagious person even looks in my direction.  I take vitamins, drink… Continue reading Red Lentil Dal – For When Your Sick

Cooking and Camping in the Rain

When we left for Big Basin Redwoods Campground we knew rain showers were in the forecast.  I thought.  Rain?  This late in June.  It’ll be nothing, it probably wont even rain. Boy was I wrong.  At about 2 pm, 30 minutes from camp it started raining, hard.  And it didn’t really stop until the next… Continue reading Cooking and Camping in the Rain

Spring Pea and Baby Potato Salad with Yogurt

“Mom, can I pick some peas too?”  The pea vines in front of me begin to tremble.  I look down to see her tugging on a pea pod, pulling the whole vine to one side.  “Whoa there sweetheart, you need to cut them off, not pick them.  Pea vines are too fragile to just yank… Continue reading Spring Pea and Baby Potato Salad with Yogurt