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

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

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 21 – 6 Fruits and Veggies I Always Have in the Kitchen

I planted the garden this weekend!  Pictures and info on what I planted to come.  For today I thought I would tell you about the 6 most useful fruits and veggies I use on a regular basis. 1.  Mire Poix Veggies – Carrots, Celery, Garlic, Onion – Okay I know this is actually four veggies,… Continue reading 30 Days of Renewal – Day 21 – 6 Fruits and Veggies I Always Have in the Kitchen

30 Days of Renewal – Day 7 – How I Went Dairy Free

Going dairy free is scary. You think your never going to be able to eat ice cream again. You can’t have cheese, or butter, milk, or yogurt. But, over the last four months of going dairy-free, I’ve learned that it’s not as bad as you think and the unexpected benefits may eventually outweigh the stuff… Continue reading 30 Days of Renewal – Day 7 – How I Went Dairy Free

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

Changes in my Kitchen

     I know.  Its been forever since I have had a chance to sit down and write.  Baby Gavin takes up every minute of my time.  He naps about 4 times a day, but only for 30-40 minutes at a time.  That’s enough time to go to the bathroom and make a cup of… Continue reading Changes in my Kitchen

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

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