On Fear and Beignets

On Fear and Beignets
The kitchen is the one place where I have no fear. Nothing intimidates me and I am fully confident. When people act like I am doing something crazy, I rarely give myself any credit, because how could you be scared of things like oil or yeast? I reserve my fear for things that can kill me. You don’t...

Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel

Butternut Squash and Apple Muffins with Pumpkin Seed Streusel
I have received one butternut squash and one dozen eggs every Tuesday for the last three weeks from my CSA.  Up until yesterday, I had exactly three butternut squashes on my counter and three dozen eggs in my refrigerator.  I always like to kid myself and say things like “When fall gets here...

Aunt Cherry’s Rhubarb Cake

Aunt Cherry’s Rhubarb Cake
This has been a week for appliances and household items to take a shit.  Our air conditioning broke during a heat wave (of course). Now we find out we need a new furnace and heat pump.  Our new washing machine began to leak and created a nice little flood in our laundry room (on the upside, the floor...

Spiced Whole Grain Pumpkin Seed Biscotti with Cranberries and White Chocolate

Spiced Whole Grain Pumpkin Seed Biscotti with Cranberries and White Chocolate
As I sit here watching the footage of the Chilean miners being rescued, I am struck by my own limitations (BTW, I generally like to focus on myself during situations like these).  I joked with several people today that I couldn’t even stand to be in that rescue pod for 15 minutes *above ground.* ...

Apple and Fontina Monte Cristo

Apple and Fontina Monte Cristo
When my husband is traveling on business (which seems to be way too much lately), I usually keep the cooking to a minimum.  I hate having a big mess to clean up when I am the only one to clean it.  And combined with homework, baths, and bedtime routines, sometimes it just seems like more than I can...

Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Bars

Gluten-Free Chewy Granola Bars
So, I guess I could really title these as gluten-free, wheat-free, nut-free, egg-free, and potentially dairy-free chewy granola bars.  But that seemed a little long.  I could also add that they are quite low in sugar and could potentially be made with no added sugar at all. Can you tell I have made...

Super Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes

Super Fluffy Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes
I usually steer clear of pancakes.  They are just not my bag, baby.  I am sure when I was a child that was different — as children tend to subsist on the “elven” food groups (candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup).  But now that I am older, I am quite happy with an egg and a...

Whole Grain Dark Chocolate and Dried Cherry Biscotti

Whole Grain Dark Chocolate and Dried Cherry Biscotti
If I were to make a list of things that change when you have kids, trips to the coffee shop wouldn’t even make the top 25. Because pretty much every thing you do as a human being during the course of a day is impacted by children.  Eating, sleeping, working, cooking, going to the bathroom, vacations,...

Whole Grain English Muffin Bread

Whole Grain English Muffin Bread
The popularity of backyard gardens, it seems, has skipped a generation.  I am now thrilled to drive around town and see so many vegetable gardens all over town (more this year than I have ever seen).  And I have been even more pleased to see how many young families are getting into gardening —...

Honey Strawberry Freezer Jam

Honey Strawberry Freezer Jam
I’ll start this by blaming the alcohol and the heat.  And my family.  Last week we were on vacation with my parents, siblings/spouses, and kids/cousins in Orlando.  And it was hot.  Like 100 degrees hot with stifling humidity.  We went to Sea World and I nearly melted.  Don’t believe...

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