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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Tuesday night, two hungry bellies, and no food plan!  This 15 minute dinner came to the rescue and surprised both of us with its simplicity, versatility, and flavor. I went hungry-shopping last weekend at Trader Joe’s and found many new treats in my cart from simmer sauces to naan to pre-riced cauliflower.  The process of […]

Barley and Butternut Squash Pilaf

Unfortunately we had to postpone our Friends Thanksgiving this weekend due to a health scare in the family as my grandfather-in-law recently accepted hospice care.  The news brought a deep sadness into our home, but in this season of giving thanks I tip my hat to hospice and the incredible service that they provide.  Their […]

Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrots

Over the last year, as I’ve worked to teach myself how to cook a variety of yummy, healthy, and hearty meals, I’ve most often selected recipes that are quite hands-on from gnocchi to stuffed peppers to zucchini fritters.  Cooking is my refuge, and when I get home from a long day at work I enjoy […]

Minty Watermelon and Feta Arugula Salad

I’m back! And boy what a month it has been. Since I last posted, I’ve spent a week of vacation in Rocky Mountain National Park, we bought our first home, transported our boxes, and today summer officially ended as I returned to work.  From sunrise to sunset I’ve been leaning into these experiences and haven’t […]

The Broccoli Salad Experiment

About a year ago, before starting this blog, I was hesitant in the kitchen.  I never knew where to begin and typically resorted to the same few dishes when it was my night to cook. Now, it has become part of my daily routine to read through the many beautiful, entertaining, and informative blogs I’ve […]

Scallop, Farro, and Arugula Salad with a Lemon Pepper Dressing

Farro. Welcome to my life! Summer cooking in my house typically consists of grilling various marinated meats as well as salads that combine as many veggies, grains and beans that I can fit into a bowl.  Recently, a friend suggested that I try farro, as I love both quinoa and barley, and boy was she […]

Corn on the Cob with Garlic Paprika Butter

Happy (belated) birthday to me! Having a 4th of July birthday means that I get to spend the day outside, with friends and family, and enjoy great BBQ food.  The highlight of the barbecue this year was my dad’s asian pulled pork and homemade pickles. I want to make this again soon and post it […]

Lemon Parsley Fish Cakes

Tonight is a simple post for a simple dish.  With a TON of work that I need to finish by the end of the week, I will let these divine little bites speak for themselves.   In the original recipe, Martha Stewart used cod instead of haddock, and I also had to leave out the […]

Kale and Cabbage Salad

Earlier this week a few friends and I went to a live taping of The Moth which, if you haven’t heard, is an organization working to bring back and elevate the lost art of storytelling. We heard five ordinary folks share a unique story that touched both hearts and minds in countless ways. One man […]

Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Apparently I cook with lots of potatoes! Since the blog’s inception, tags have been at the heart of this portfolio for me.   On nights without a meal plan I’m now able to open the fridge, pick out some ingredient staples, and click around to see what I’ve previously made. I am slowly building my own […]