gingered spaghetti squash

Gingered Spaghetti Squash

Remember a couple years ago when people were trying to convince everyone that spaghetti squash was a good substitute for actual spaghetti? I never was convinced. My brother and sister-in-law harvested a huge garden this year year. And they, perhaps, misjudged how much squash to plant. They … [Read More...]

how to prepare spaghetti squash

How to Prepare Spaghetti Squash- Using a Pressure Cooker

I started writing a recipe for spaghetti squash, but decided first I should help you out so you actually know how to prepare spaghetti squash. These instructions use a pressure cooker, which I have discovered is the quick way to cook it and it gives it a nice texture. First wash your squash. … [Read More...]

santa hat

SANTA = Serve And Never Tell Anyone

Yesterday our little Eve excitedly shared something she learned from her school teacher Deborah Clark, who learned it from an awesome Cub Scout Master Crystal Lowder. SANTA = Serve And Never Tell Anyone. When I heard it, I immediatly knew it was something special, something true. There is … [Read More...]

christmas cookies

Chalkboard Christmas Cookies

Every  year I make a set of Christmas cookies. These are my Christmas cookies for 2016.  In the past, I have made a variety of cookies. Lots of colors, lots of variety.  This year I wanted to be more simple. And I wanted to avoid the fru fru Christmas characters, like Santa and … [Read More...]

thanksgiving leftover sandwich

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

Everybody knows that it is a requirement  to eat a leftover sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. Usually it consists of a roll with turkey, maybe cranberry sauce and if you're really adventurous, other leftovers. Last year, I had an insanely brilliant idea. To ditch the roll and use stuffing … [Read More...]

popcorn tip

A popcorn tip you need before making caramel corn

  Yumm! This big bowl of white chocolate coated popcorn looks  innocent and delicious, but lurking within is an unspeakable danger. We all accept the risk every time we eat popcorn. Eating popcorn is the best. But you do know what isn't the best?  Breaking your tooth on an errant … [Read More...]

great apple taste test

The Great Apple Taste Test

Fall is around the corner.  Some people think fall is exclusively for pumpkin spice.  I like a little pumpkin spice (mostly in pumpkin pie,) but for me, fall is for apples. I absolutely love apples. LOVE THEM! A long time ago, I posted about the best apples for apple pie. I … [Read More...]

compound butter

Compound Butter- Three ideas

If you haven't ever tried a compound butter, then you are missing out. I think butter might just be my very favorite food. It is an ingredient in everything good. So, if there is something that you put butter on before eating, then you can make it even better with a compound butter. Think bread, … [Read More...]

mousse de maracuja

Mousse de Maracuja – Passionfruit Mousse

We are continuing the celebration Brazil and the Rio Olympics.  I've been going strong watching all the events. However, I gotta say, that I didn't miss golf being an Olympic event for the past 100 years. I hate watching golf! It was on for about 11 hours yesterday.  Ugh! I can do pretty much any … [Read More...]


Brigadeiros- A Traditional Brazilian Candy

Here we go! More Brazilian recipes this week to celebrate the Rio Olympics. I'm loving them so far, BTW. I've watched water polo and volleyball and swimming and gymnastics and road racing and synchronized diving and shooting. It's all … [Read More...]

transforming tapioca into farinha

Converting Tapioca to Farinha

Yesterday I shared a recipe for Feijoada, a black bean stew from Brazil, to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.  I mentioned farinha in that post. Farinha is basically coarsely ground tapioca flour that has been toasted. It is served a … [Read More...]


Feijoada- Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Who is excited about the Olympics? Anyone? I am disproportionately excited this year. I LOVE the Olympics. Winter and Summer. I love the worldwide competition. I love seeing people from tiny countries competing. I love getting to watch unusual sports … [Read More...]

chili lime corn salad

Grilled Chili Lime Corn Salad

One of my favorite parts of summer is fresh corn on the cob. We have a little stand just down the street that sells farm fresh corn and there is nothing better than fresh picked corn. Whenever we have a potluck or BBQ to attend in the summer, I … [Read More...]

Neighborhood Cupcake Wars

Neighborhood Cupcake Wars

Yesterday evening was our first ever neighborhood Cupcake Wars. A cute neighbor girl begged her mom to have a cupcake decorating contest for all her friends. She was very specific that she did not want the "adults making everybody a winner" but … [Read More...]