Okie Dokie Artichokie!

While we’ve been exploring salads a bit lately, we’ve needed a break as well. It’s true, even in spring when all produce is so fresh and green, there’s only so many salads one can eat before burning out. In that vein, I’ve been breaking up our weeknight meals with a little Italian fare, healthy or…

Quarantine Brunch

It seems as if the world is baking their own bread these days. So much so that its incredibly difficult to locate yeast in the stores anymore. For those of us who are regular bakers this is frustrating. But at the same time, it makes me all warm and fuzzy to know there are people…

Going Green… And White… and Red!

Italian food is just a little bit of a hit around here. Just a little bit. OK a lot a bit. It never fails to elicit much praise and fawning. And I don’t mind saying I enjoy all the praise and fawning! Sometimes all it takes is simple spaghetti alla bolognese to make everyone happy,…

Pork Tenderloin

Truth be told, pork isn’t my favorite protein. I like bacon and there’s nothing I like better in my lasagna than Italian-seasoned ground sausage, but things like pork chops really don’t sing to me. No matter which way I’ve prepared pork, it’s just meh to me unless I dress it in some type of sauce……

National Velvet

Growing up, my brother’s favorite cake was either a cookie cake from Great American Cookie Co for his birthday or Red Velvet on other occasions. Cookie cakes are sometimes hard to replicate, but for me Red Velvet has been… elusive. I have tried many different recipes and many different techniques and all have merely rendered…

Altering Tradition

St. Patrick plucked a shamrock from Ireland’s sweet green sod and said, “Behold! A symbol of the Trinity of God!” – Author Unknown Happy St. Patrick’s Day to one and all! Are you wearing your green today? I sure am! March 17th marks the passing of the original St. Patrick. The Encyclopedia Britannica records, “[b]orn…

┬íTaco ‘Bout a Great Salad!

I’m always looking for fun new things to try obviously. I’m always looking to experiment in the kitchen with new tricks and techniques. Even if things don’t turn out as planned, for me half (ok most) the fun is in the “trying.” For many women, crafting or sewing or DIYing brings them fulfillment. All of…

Gimme Gimme All the Kimchi

Oh what to do, what to do with the last little bit of kimchi remaining in the jar? It’s a bit like the last bit of good Dijon mustard that you don’t wanna waste, but isn’t enough for a sandwich. Kimchi is just like that. It’s delicious, loaded with great probiotics, and lasts a crazy…

Piece of Cake

I rarely pass up an opportunity to bring dessert for family functions – least of all birthdays! My SIL recently celebrated a birthday and if you recall from my previous post, her favorite cake is pineapple upside down cake. Typically, this cake is so simple, anyone could produce it without much trouble. Also, due to…