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

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Woah!  Has it really been 2.5 months since my last post!  Time flies when life gets busy doesn’t it?  So much has been going on since my last post.  In October we celebrated Gavin’s first birthday, my 31st birthday, Tom’s 36th birthday, and we had our 3 year wedding anniversary.  Even my blog had a… Continue reading Homemade Flour Tortillas

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 10 – How to Make Pecan Butter

If you have never tried a nut or seed butter other then peanut butter then you are in for a treat. Peanuts are not actually nuts, their a bean! Which is why those allergic to peanuts may not be allergic to tree nuts.If your kid is a PB&J lover and has a no-peanut policy at… Continue reading 30 Days of Renewal – Day 10 – How to Make Pecan Butter

30 Days of Renewal -Day 9 – How to Make Chive Blossom Vinegar

For weeks I’ve been waiting for these flowers to bloom.  Ever since I read about making flower flavored vinegars.  When Quirk Books sent me a new cookbook called Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher I was excited to try cooking with these new flavors I’ve never experienced before.  Hollyhock Scones, Dandelion Wine, Daylily Cheesecake, Calendula… Continue reading 30 Days of Renewal -Day 9 – How to Make Chive Blossom Vinegar

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