The Bear Omelet

One of my favorite new shows is The Bear on Hulu. If you’ve never seen it, it’s amazing. Especially if you’ve ever worked in a busy restaurant trying to make its place in an overcrowded industry. I’m not going to get into a long synopsis (watch it!) but for a quick summary, the main character, [...]

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Pumpkin Pie, Bourbon, and FALL

This is my absolute favorite time of year. Even right now where it’s been almost 90 degrees for a few days in a row. But the leaves are turning, the air is turning crisp, and my Dutch oven has been working overtime. My hoodies and sweaters are patiently waiting for constant cooler temps. But let’s [...]

Marketplace Finds, Cooking Mishaps and More for May

One of my favorite things to do on weekends is to browse antique malls, flea markets, estate sales, and anywhere else where you can get cool vintage finds, super good bargains, or otherwise unique items. My husband and I have done some major home renovations in the last few years, and the majority of the [...]

Sunshine and Rainbows

We’ve had a pretty mild winter. For the first time ever, we got no snow in February. We even had a few days in the mid 70’s. So as March rolls in I’m glad to see sunny mornings. I drank my coffee on my back patio this morning. February is not my favorite time of [...]

15 Year Old Sourdough Starter

January is one of my least favorite months, second only to July. It’s cold and dreary, the holidays are over, and there is this obligation to look over the past year and make some changes. I’m all about improving myself. In the last few years, I’ve made a lot of changes. But one thing that [...]

Cheesecake is Always a Good Idea

December is probably the busiest month of the year. Shopping. Parties. Gifts. Family. Food. Things I made for the holidays: This banana pudding cheesecake (with some modifications). This was such a hit at Thanksgiving that I made it again at Christmas. Japanese Milk Bread Rolls. These are always a hit. Pomegranate Cranberry Mouse Pie from [...]

The BEST Vegetarian Chili

The BEST Vegetarian Chili

I’ve eaten a lot of vegetarian chili in my life, and while most of it is good, this is the best one I’ve ever had. Unlike most that rely on meat substitutes or too many beans, this one is made of veggies, with a couple of secret ingredients. There are several steps to this that [...]

The Holidays are Here!

My November started with a quick trip to Louisville to do a bourbon run. We visited 15+ distilleries in three days and I had more old-fashioned than a person needs. It ended with the usual holiday rush, and shopping, gifts, and holiday treats. I like to give people gifts that are useful, but also exciting. [...]

chocolate mint smoothie

Mint Chocolate Smoothie

If you like smoothies, but get tired of the standard berry, banana, and yogurt mix, this chocolate mint smoothie is for you. Fresh mint is one of my favorite things. It’s bright and zippy, while also being refreshing. There are lots of ways to use it —I love using it in iced coffee, or one [...]

rose tea blend

Coconut Rose Tea Blend

I don’t drink a lot of tea in the summer. My summer nights are filled with back porch beers or happy hour margaritas outdoors. When it starts to get cold, however, that all changes. It’s not that I give up on cocktails. But I certainly don’t drink as many outside. Instead, on cold nights, I [...]