Let The Vegy Times Roll (Roasted Brussels Sprouts)

Our foray into eating vegetarian would have ended a long time ago (for me it may have never started) if it were not for the Fab Five, mushrooms, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, eggplants, and potatoes.  Admittedly, vegetables have always been relegated to the side dish category, an afterthought to that juicy ribeye or grilled chicken.  …

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Kid Approved Cookies (Worlds Best Cookies)

There are two types of cookies in this world, kid cookies and adult cookies and lately I’ve been baking lots of kid cookies especially  chocolate chip.  Tired of making chipsters,  I pulled out a recipe that I haven’t made in awhile, World’s Best Cookies.  I needed lots of cookies (enough to feed a hockey team, literally) and…

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Stupid Easy: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner!  Unfortunately, I am not a brick and mortar shopper, thank goodness for online shopping.  I’m the one dragging my feet in the malls and whining “are we done yet?”  To appease me (get rid of me), my family will tell me to go to the…

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Spice Up Your Life (Aloo Gobi)

Pity the guy who doesn’t attend the “Health and Wellness” lecture presented at work but depends on colleagues to give him or her (in this case, Wes the hubby) the highlights and takeaways from the lecture.  For the last month since, Wes has gone total vegy (his colleague that went to the lecture lasted only 36…

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Milk and Cookies Anyone? (Peanut Butter Cookies)

Lately I have been on a  peanut butter kick.   Slathered on apple wedges, chunks of banana, in celery to make it edible, or a pbj sandwich when I am off for a bike ride or at a regatta. It is eminently convenient, a great energy and protein source and the added bonus, a pbj sammie makes…

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All Things Porksidered (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Blog vacation is over…the vacation wasn’t intentional, it just kind of happened.  That’s life for you.  We just got back from Nashville where our kid Jordan goes to school.  We walked the campus, met his roommates’ families, went to the football game (they won!),  attended a couple of lectures and spent time with Wes’s classmate from…

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Apple a Day… (Apple Cake)

I walked outside the other day, the sunlight was a little different, not so bright, not so in your face. The light had taken on a warm orange hue.  Even if temperatures are high, it just doesn’t seem as hot, the day’s end is a little earlier.  There is a crispness in the air and…

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You Had Me at Tomato (One Pan Pasta)

Every year Wes, the garden guy in our house, plants tomatoes.  We pick out a mix of cherry tomatoes and heirlooms and usually by this time we are enjoying fresh vine ripened tomatoes. Our jaunts to the weekly farmer’s market include plums, nectarines and berries but we smugly walk by stalls with the expensive heirloom tomatoes….

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Parts Unknown & Sauces Unknown (Soy Sauce Noodles)

I am hooked on Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. I just started watching it on Netflix.  It’s not just about food, everything is fair game; history, lifestyle (check out the Tokyo episode), politics, culture. If you have a chance watch the episode on Shanghai.  Shanghai has become the city of the future, a financial hub and global powerhouse,…

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Sure Thing Wings

Our original novice women’s group got together the other night. Four of us are still rowing but the others have since moved on to other sports or endeavors. I can’t imagine why, doesn’t everyone love getting up at the crack of dawn four days a week?  We met at Moultrup’s house, Gidge, 2-seat, Snookies, Way-way,…

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BOB….Biscuits on the Brain

Maybe its because I have two kids in college in the south, or maybe its just because who in their right mind doesn’t like biscuits, it is my current obsession. When I was a kid, scratch biscuits came out of a can with a chubby dough boy on the outside, pop the can open, ta-da, biscuits in…

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So Easy Your Kids Could Make This. Mine Can!

When I went off to college and moved into an apartment, I would call my Dad (he was the chef in our family) for advice on cooking.  “Dad, what kind of meat do I use for stir fries?  I learned the hard way that beef chuck was not the right choice.  How do I make corn soup,…

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