A colorful bite

Every once in a while, I’m faced with a culinary challenge:

  1. It was hot, and we were all going to be in the pool
  2. We were in need of a snack to hold us over to the BBQ
  3. There was a pescatarian in the pool
  4. Our actual meal was to be rather filling
  5. I was trying (unsuccessfully, I might add) not to eat carbs, and the pescatarian was successfully not eating carbs.
  6. I had some beets from the garden swap in need of a recipe.

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Stone Fruit

Summer’s glorious gift to each of us is juicy stone fruit.  Peaches, nectarines, plums, etc.  There isn’t a farm stand around that isn’t full of these colorful and juicy treasures.  When summer gives you stone fruit, you MUST use them, and sometimes their abundance can become overwhelming.  My solution is Continue reading


IMG_6281Our annual trip to the OC Fair ended up being far more costly than I had anticipated.  Yes, that roasted corn is overpriced.  Yes, a beer costs more than a six pack.  But still, it is manageable.  Maybe it was that beer, maybe it was the scent of fried bacon Nutella pickles Continue reading


Gardener’s Delight

Ok, so only the rosemary came from my garden, but it was a delight just the same.  My most recent garden swap gave me homegrown Continue reading


The Hike

IMG_5966After our night of Southern delicacies, we decided we would do a bit of hiking to work off the sins of the night before. Early Sunday morning, we headed out on the “Mountain to Sea” trail in the OC… Continue reading


Southern Boil

Our neighbor recently purchased a fancy boiler that sounds a bit like a jet engine, so it reaches a boil in no time at all. In need of something to boil, she decided on Continue reading


The Italian Job

When I visit other countries, I like to stick to the local cuisine. I just get a bit skeptical of, say, Italian food, in Mexico. Why? I don’t know. At home, I’ll eat anything… without a drop of skepticism.

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Sharable Moments: July 2017

July typically starts with a bang, given the holiday and all.  Mine was no different, but the party kept going all month long.  Here’s what’s been keeping me busy (and very. very. full.) Continue reading


Mission Possible: Wednesday Dinner

Last week, Alex was travelling, I was working, and I had zero time to head to the store.  My well stocked pantry, along with the kale & herb remnants of the most recent garden swap came to my rescue.  Continue reading