Thanksgiving Menu Ideas (What’s On Your Plate?)

Turkey Treats 2

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? The year is just flashing by. I’m trying to approach the holiday season with a calm heart and a clear mind. Read: I am trying to celebrate a Simpler Season. As such, our menu for Turkey Day is going to be pretty simple as well. I tend […]

Salted Caramel Affogatos: A Recipe for Coffee Floats

Salted Caramel Affogato 7

With the approach of Winter, longer nights, and cooler temps, my mind turns to warm and elegant desserts. What sounds more elegant than serving Salted Caramel Affogatos? Affogato is just a fancy word for coffee float. A traditionally Italian version would, of course, feature gelato, but regular ice cream can work just as well. The […]

Sauteed Corn with Fresh Thyme

corn on the cob

When I started this produce box gig, I quickly realized that Wednesday (delivery day) is the day that I have to process everything. Whatever can be frozen gets cooked and/or packaged for freezing that day. We don’t want no blackened basil around here. I also realized what my grandmothers before me had realized: stockpiling nature’s […]

Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing


I’ve always been a salad fiend. I would rather eat salad than dessert sometimes. My college roommate could not understand it. I don’t think I ever saw her eat anything green. Poor thing. There are so many delicious salad combinations, you never have to be bored. Ahem… Let me count the ways. Orchard Chicken Salad […]

Sauteed Yu Choy with Mushrooms, Onions and Squash

yu choy

As you know, most of my produce is coming from an organic produce co-op. For about $38 each week, I get a huge delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables. While I don’t have a ton of “choice,” the amounts are generous and have made for some fun meals in the month or so that we’ve […]

Chile Cheese Bake

Chili Cheese Bake

Poblano Chile Enchildas are one of our favorite meals. But they are a little time intensive. Recently, I had roasted a batch of beautiful poblano chiles but ran out of steam to make enchiladas. So, I cheated. I chopped the chiles, chopped some corn tortillas, and mixed those up with the shredded cheese, sour cream, […]

Asian Composed Salad

Asian Composed Salad

One of our family’s favorite meals is an Asian-flavored Chicken Salad, that throw back to the nineties that was so very popular. It seems every restaurant had a version of an Asian Chicken Salad. And now, it seems like every restaurant still does. These are flavors that have found a place in our hearts. And […]

A Quick-Fix Dinner (What’s On Your Plate?)

Tri-tip Steak Quick Fix

This week I’ve had a lot of things on my plate, figuratively speaking: A big time dejunking session A concerted effort to feed increasingly growing, and therefore hungry, children A complete physical and blood work-up at the doc A dose of school planning for the new year Monday I spent 2 hours at the doctor’s […]

A Trip to Ty’s Burger House (What’s On Your Plate?)

Burger House dinner

Date nights are those occasions when hubs and I experiment with new restaurants. Since there are just two of us, we can try a new place out, keep the bill at a manageable level — and still enjoy some peaceful alone time. Over the last year we’ve tried to bust out of our standard Chipotle/Chick-Fil-A […]

Mr. Mom, Rice Sticks & What’s On Your Plate?

rice sticks

Years ago I was a TV junkie. My parents got HBO and a VCR when I was in third grade — and I never looked back. I taped every film I couldn’t watch and my siblings and I watched and rewatched the ones we taped. This was thirty years ago, back in the dark ages, […]