Converted

Salad-in-a-jar is definitely not a “new” thing, but I always took it for an absurd fad. Why on earth,” I thought, “would someone need to put their salad, dressing and all, in a jar to carry it to work for lunch?” And, “Wouldn’t the salad get wilted and soggy by lunchtime?” I couldn’t fathom that…

Do You “Carrot” All?

My recent dealings with the veggie-packed polentas have inspired me to fill more days and shopping carts and plates with fresh produce. I like veggies as a rule, but I think I just needed that push to bring them to the forefront better after the comfort-food-era better known as Winter. I really need to get…

Peas, Please!

There is a sense of pure Spring wonder that emanates from peas. The plump, verdant orbs burst with sweet earthiness, but not the kind of hard, dormant earthiness you get from beets. It is the lively, fresh kind that you can’t resist digging your fingers into. The same goes for asparagus. It’s bright and clean…

┬íViva Mexico Pt 2 – Less-Than-Healthy!

While the rest of the week is business as usual and more balanced fare, Sundays are when we relax a little in more ways than one. We usually cook a good meal together, often take long walks in the park, and sometimes go to bed early. This past Sunday we did all three! We began…

Corny Biscuit

I garner inspiration and ideas from plenty of different resources. Books, magazines, films, travel, and discourse with friends all influences my culinary life just as much as the other aspects of my life. One such beautiful friend has beautiful Italian blood flowing through her veins, so we naturally tend to discuss (among other things) Italian…

┬íViva Mexico! – Part 1: Healthy

I’m very blessed with SILs who know and encourage my adventures in the kitchen. A few times (without consulting with one another) they’ve given me similar gifts for Christmases or birthdays. This past Christmas, one SIL gave me a fun assortment of culinary books/cookbooks to flip through, garner inspiration from, and improve my culinary skills…

Bruschetta Break

It’s the end of another long workweek and I’m enjoying a 4-day weekend. Yesterday, I spent the day sleeping in, roaming around Target, doing my weekly grocery run, stopping off at Calloway’s, and grilling! It was so nice and hot outside, I couldn’t resist that stop at Calloway’s Nursery to walk around and soak up…

Veggie-Tales

All day at my part-time job I see people load up the whole conveyor belt with a cacophony of items and ring up tickets of several hundred dollars or more. However, I’ve seen times when someone brings a whole cartful of produce up to the check stand and comes away with only lightening their wallet…

On the Lam(b)

It’s no secret that I meal plan and budget every week for our groceries. My PT job is basically my grocery money and since I’ve been working so many extra hours lately, I have more disposable income to spend and splurge on groceries and gifts as occasions arise. I don’t splurge too much, but I…

Asian Persuasion

We’ve been enjoying so much Italian and salads lately that I thought I’d switch things up a bit and go for something with a little more of an Asian influence. It’s been so long since we’ve done takeout that I thought it might be a nice change. We rarely eat out due to our busy…