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Cranberry Orange Pear Relish

Do you listen to the podcast Gastropod yet? If not, you should start! I watched them tape a live episode a while back and appreciate each of their researched, fact-filled episodes. It was through this podcast that I recently learned that “bogs are not wet” and that “cranberries don’t actually grow in water!” WHAT? I’ve […]

Sausage Stuffing

“Find that place that’s a bit uncomfortable… then pause and breathe into it” ~ My yoga teacher In yoga there is a central goal of merging the body and mind and consistently pushing each to a place that is slightly deeper, slightly more aligned, and slightly more purposeful.  And, the more I practice yoga the […]

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

This here blog – my little corner of the world wide web – turns 2 today! While many celebrate birthdays with cake, I’ve decided to treat my savory loving self by cooking Ina Garten’s Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon.  I’ve prepared her recipe here as written (only swapping pancetta for bacon) because why alter […]

Loaded Twice-Baked Potatoes

There is a deep joy that comes with seeing friends who you’ve known for many years. This afternoon I had brunch with some of my college friends and we laughed, we drank, we reminisced, and we put a lady-vacation onto the calendar.  Anyone have suggestions for Montreal or Quebec? We are heading there in April! […]

Cider-Braised Brussels with Bacon

Happy Halloween! This recipe comes 100% from Eating Well magazine. I rarely cook and post a recipe without making any changes, but when this issue came in the mail I knew I needed to cook this as-is.  My blog here is my online ‘recipe box’ – my place to store all of the things that […]

Potato Salad

Happy Summer Solstice and three cheers for outdoor BBQ season!  Here in our household we eat dinner outside about 3-4 times per week as the evening air is relaxing and soothing (particularly due to the fact that we don’t have central air).   As I’ve been cooking for these meals I recently realized that I’ve never […]

Cold Lemony Farro Salad with Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Feta

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and I am happy to report that after being jostled about for the last month or so I have emerged a healthier and stronger version of myself. For anyone who has experienced the effects of cancer within your family you know how it can shake any sense […]

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 […]