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

Happy Thanksgiving and More Pictures

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I know we did!  Alton Brown’s Turkey Brine gave us another moist and juicy turkey this year, even though I accidentally overcooked it.  His recipe never fails me.  You probably want to print that out for next year.  Another to try is 101 Cookbooks Firecracker Cornbread recipe. … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving and More Pictures

Apples, Anniversaries and Birthdays

I feel completely unprepared for this post, moving boxes are on every surface and pizza boxes cover the stove, but its been too long since my last one and I feel you deserve an update. We are all moved in to our new home now and we are slowly learning our way around.  If you… Continue reading Apples, Anniversaries and Birthdays

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

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and We’re Moving!

Waiting. Anticipating. Yearning. Hoping. That’s all I seem to be doing these days. Tom came home for only three days, then this morning he left for our new house. Yup that’s right, we are moving and its time for you to know where we are going! Sonoma County!  Sebastopol, CA to be exact. In a… Continue reading Roasted Brussel Sprouts and We’re Moving!

Thanksgiving Cranberry Upside Down Cake

It is a miracle this cake made it.  I started baking early in the afternoon, just after lunch.  First the butter and brown sugar were brought to a rich and creamy dark brown in my cast iron pan.  Cranberries were cooked in orange juice until they popped out of their skins.  The cake batter called… Continue reading Thanksgiving Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Pear, Honey and Ginger Slab Pie

When I was a teenager, the crisp cool weather of October meant my sister and I were on apple and pear duty.  Our job was to pick the pears, apples, and apple-pears off the trees in the orchard before the birds or our fruit-eating dogs got to them first.  We loved picking bird pecked apples… Continue reading Pear, Honey and Ginger Slab Pie