The first Garden Swap of 2018 took place just before St. Patrick’s Day. Therefore, neighbors were instructed to draw inspiration from the holiday and bring green food. Enter Avocado Toast (more on this later).
What we weren’t prepared for was the surprise that awaited us. Frankly, one half of our Garden Swap hosts were not prepared either… Continue reading
For Christmas, I got the most fun game… “Foodie Dice.” Imagine Chopped or Iron Chef, but in your own kitchen, and the dice provides the “mystery” ingredients. It’s been so fun to see what Foodie luck brings my way. So here are a couple of my recent rolls: Continue reading
I’ve had a pasta maker on my Christmas wish list for 3 years. In 2017, Santa finally delivered! I was so excited to finally make my own pasta. For years, I’ve wondered… Continue reading
Could I have been inspired by my “work” trip to France? Maybe, or was it the red tomato looking at me wondering how I would use it. Immediately, my mind went to work. Provencale means any dish cooked in a sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil. I had those such ingredients in my kitchen one random weeknight, and so Swordfish Provencale was born. So easy and so good, this is a perfect weeknight meal. Continue reading
In my CSA delivery, I received the most gigantic mango you have ever seen. It must have weighed at least two pounds! Combine that with the giant pomegranates from my neighbor, and I was beginning to worry that alien gigantic fruits were about to take over the world…
Or perhaps someone has regulated my view of fruits by Continue reading
Alex was kind enough to get me a bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon for the Holidays. I’ve always wanted to try it. I’ve heard it is very good. Continue reading
We finally got to see D&C’s new home in Temecula in the fall. It’s stunning, and I’m so happy for both of them. It had been WAY too long since we had seen our friends, but when we got back together, it was like we had never been apart. That’s the mark of great friendship, I suppose.
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This year’s Thanksgiving menu was designed to 1) honor the bounty of the season, and 2) reduce carb intake. I was inspired by our trip to Flora Farms in Cabo this year, so I did the Floral Park version of it… meet Floral Farms… Continue reading
I arrived home one fall day to the most wonderful neighborly surprise: Homegrown Pomegranates! These were no ordinary pomegranates, though. They were giant sized. One yielded more than a mason jar full of perfect little seeds. Oh the possibilities were endless… Such began my month of pom-spiration. Continue reading
Where did the month(s) go? You may (or may not) have noticed I have been conspicuously absent from Neighborly Life. That’s what a busy work/travel schedule will do, I suppose. That said, my social calendar has been quite exciting. Here’s what I’ve been up to, and will generate posts to come in the future! Continue reading