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

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

Perfect Blueberry Muffins

I am not a breakfast person. Since I was a teen, most of my mornings involve a cup of tea and a queasy couple of hours trying to keep it all down.  I know, its terrible!  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but try telling that to my chronically upset stomach! Over… Continue reading Perfect Blueberry Muffins

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!

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

A Backyard Garden Salad

Fiddling around in the garden has become part of my morning routine.  After coming back from dropping my daughter off at school I usually make tea and head outside.  I water, pull weeds, prune the tomatoes and inspect the lettuce for holes.  Sometimes I harvest something, but usually I am checking out bugs.  I never… Continue reading A Backyard Garden Salad

Back on Track Granola

I stepped onto the scale for a bi-weekly weigh in. Oh crap. Do my eyes deceive me? Is it true? I groan and step off. “Tom, somehow I gained ten pounds in the last few weeks!” Tom smiles and crosses the room to hug me from behind. We both look into the bathroom mirror. “You… Continue reading Back on Track Granola

A Working Man’s Granola Bar

“I am starving!  I haven’t eaten for hours.” I walk in the living room to find Tom sitting on a chair by the door kicking off his muddy boots and peeling back layers of dusty clothes.  He casually drops them at his feet and heads straight for the kitchen. As he passes me I glance… Continue reading A Working Man’s Granola Bar