It seems everywhere you turn there is a list of new things to try or fresh goals for the New Year on blogs everywhere. While there is a great deal to gain from setting goals and being refreshed in our resolve to begin again, frankly, I don’t need another to-do list tacked onto my stack [...]
It is wonderful to get away, gain perspective, refresh, and renew. Then again, there seems to be more laundry at the end of such an escape, and a feeling I may have missed something important. It is easy for the negative to creep in if you let it—stats/views fall off, out of the rhythm of [...]
According to Merriam-Webster, thanksgiving is: 1: the act of giving thanks 2: a prayer expressing gratitude 3: a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness I love to eat as much as I love to cook, so food-centric holiday celebrations like Thanksgiving are a real treat. My earlier posts, Thanksgiving 101 and Thanksgiving 201 addressed [...]
As I mentioned in the previous post, Thanksgiving 101, we have been hosting Thanksgiving dinner for more than twenty years in our home. Granted this meal is served only once a year, but I still get an itch to make something different and new. My family is reluctant to let me scratch that itch too much, [...]
On Face Book, I asked the question: What are your most vexing issues when planning food for the holidays or having people over? (I did include the caveat other than dealing with in-laws in an attempt to stay on topic.) As much as I expected to address dry turkeys, soggy dressing, or avoiding the trap [...]
When we hear someone say, “comfort food” thoughts drift to dinners from childhood imagining something warm, full of carbs, or sweetly satisfying. We dream of flavors and textures to feed our emotional funk or exhaustive schedule to quench and satisfy. The focus is inward, self-gratifying. What if our focus shifted outward instead? This is not [...]
When the email arrived from The Secret Ingredient with three recipes we could share from Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders, I admit, there was a hint of skepticism when I saw this one. Not really a big fan of duck, but I knew I could not recommend something I hadn’t tried. Although there [...]
I have been a fan of Emeril Lagasse since the first time I saw him on Emeril Live, his unpretentious style and love of food infectious. It is an honor to be chosen to participate in Emeril’s One-Pot Blogger Cooking Party to help spread the word about his newest release, Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot [...]
Labor Day became a federal holiday 117 years ago, marked by parades and parties recognizing trade and labor organizations. Today, families enjoy one last vacation before school starts, NFL and college football seasons begin, and backyard parties abound. If entertaining or creating a dish for a potluck is on the agenda for this three-day weekend, [...]
Yesterday, my kitchen and dining room was an outward expression of an inward condition. A collection of displaced items, useful items like shoes, books, platters, bowls, foodstuff, mixed with things beyond their usefulness like empty boxes, trash, dead flowers from weekends past, and a grimy counter. None of it required urgent attention, but the mess [...]
- Egg & Sausage Casserole [GF]: A Hospitality Series March 27, 2013
- Cream Cheese Fruit Tart with Almond Crust Recipe [GF]: A Series on Hospitality March 6, 2013
- Pad Thai with Shrimp ~ Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes March 14, 2013
- Orange Balsamic Glazed Ribs ~ Banish the Ho-Hums! February 20, 2013
- Helen’s Chicken Soup: A Bowl of Comfort February 27, 2013
- Hearth & Soul Hop at Savoring Today May 23, 2013
- Hearth & Soul Hop at Savoring Today May 14, 2013
- Date-Fudge Truffles with Sea Salt May 7, 2013
- Hearth & Soul Hop at Savoring Today May 7, 2013
- In My Kitchen, May 2013 May 1, 2013
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- Pam: I made this cake the other day and it got rave rev...
- Nilu A: Wow! Congrats on your garden Judy.. Lovely collect...
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- Phill: It's so nice to have friends like Helen and i'm ...