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

5 Easy Last-Minute Desserts | Good Cheap Eats

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, […]