Warm Quinoa Pilaf

Contrary to what you might assume from the recent lack of posting, we have not dropped from the face of the Earth.  I have merely been draped over the couch in my jammies with stacks of books, knitting needles and yarn, empty cookie plates and dirty dishes piling up around me.    I have spent the last [Read On]

A little Christmas story…

Every year we read this essay at Christmas time and it makes us immeasurably happy.  We wanted to share the joy and hilarity with you… With Christmas love, Rebecca and Val.   TRADITION A Trapp Family Christmas Shouldn’t this year be more spiritual? Good luck! by: ALOÏSE BUCKLEY HEATH   One of the reasons — I say one of [Read On]

Honey Caramel and Coconut Chocolate Bars: Foodie Gift #20

I think this might be a case of saving best for near the last, except that I didn’t know they’d be so dadburned good when I made them last night.  I didn’t even really plan on making them, but I had to play with some coconut I had in the pantry.  My sister’s kids have [Read On]

Never-ending Vanilla Sugar: Foodie Gift #17

A jar of vanilla sugar is one of the most underrated and sublime items to keep in your pantry.  A sprinkle on top of cookies or muffins, or in coffee or tea takes something that’s already good and transforms it into something amazing.  If you’re wondering how to procure this ambrosia I have a couple pieces [Read On]

Provençal Fish en Cocotte with Garlicky Tomato Sauce

My Dad called me up the other day and gave me a piece of his mind.  “Where are the healthy recipes for folks with dietary restrictions like me?  Your stuff looks great, but there’s a lot there I can’t eat.  People need healthier recipes, too.”   “Sure, Dad,” said I.  I offered to get to it [Read On]

Christmas Pickles (a.k.a. Fire and Ice Pickles…) Foodie Gift #14

Have you seen ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean’?  I love Mr. Bean.  If I weren’t married to the suave and debonair Evil Genius I might have a crush on Mr. Bean.  I’m just that kind of dork.  And one of my favorite Mr. Bean lines ever comes from this , my favorite,  episode.   Can someone please [Read On]

Why I do what I do…

I had someone ask me an interesting question today in church.  It’s not something that is foreign to me.  In fact, I get asked this question nearly every time I haul all five boys through the grocery store or to the library, doctor’s office, bank, post office, etc…  “Five boys?  Are you going to try [Read On]

Deep, Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownie Bites: Foodie Gift #10

It is only fair to warn you that if you give these as gifts or take these to cookie exchanges that you will most likely be expected to repeat the performance every year thereafter.  I’ve been making these for a couple years now.  I have a friend, who shall remain unnamed, who hosted a cookie [Read On]