Calico cat on the bed

Helping to Make the Bed | Happy Caturday!

Rigatoni with Sausage, Cannellini Bean, and Swiss Chard Ragu

Rigatoni with Sausage, Cannellini Bean, and Swiss Chard Ragu

I have decided that I need to go to Durham, North Carolina.  Why?  Because that is where Foster’s Market is located, and Foster’s Market is home to one of my favorite chefs, Sara Foster.  For whatever reason, I don’t see her recipes floating around the blogosphere much, not like Ina or Rachael, or Giada.  Perhaps it’s[Read More…]

A Kitchen in France

A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouseis a lovely big (304 pages) book filled with gorgeous – wish I was there – photos.  The recipes range from simple to not for the faint of heart.  I will elaborate on the recipes later, but first the photos.  There are gorgeous two-page spreads idyllic scenes[Read More…]

Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Shrimp, Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

I have ACS.  Do you have it?  You might and might not even know it.  Do you have an Anthropologie near you?  Do you like to cook?  Do you like pretty cookbooks?  Then chances are good you have ACS.  ACS – Anthropologie Cookbook Syndrome.  The symptoms are this:  you head into Anthropologie, ignoring the adorable[Read More…]

Juvenile red-headed woodpecker

Juvenile Red-Headed Woodpecker | Garden Tuesday

When I first saw this woodpecker at our bird feeder, I thought it was some strange new woodpecker that we had never seen before.  Then his mama or papa (both parents feed the young and are almost impossible to distinguish between – especially if you are me – and oh-so-pathetic in your bird identification skills)[Read More…]

Marinara sauce

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

Is everyone still in New Year’s – New You mode?  I love this time of year.  I love feeling motivated and renewed.  It’s kind of like when school starts in August, you’re so excited and pumped and then the daily dose of it drags you down until about October, where you start counting the days[Read More…]

Sort This Out Cellars Mourvedre

Sort This Out Cellars Suited Mourvedre 2011| Weekend Wine Reviews #238

Sort This Out Cellars, Suited Mourvedre, 2011, California, $38.00  They say:  Deep black and red fruits show nicely against the smooth oak tones that produce a vanilla finish that amazes.  Sexy, sleek and sensual – and that goes for the wine AND the label!  We say:  gorgeous cranberry color.  Black cherry, vanilla, rich and creamy.[Read More…]

Calico cat at the window

Someone is Extremely Tired of the Cold Weather! Happy Caturday!

Yes, we are extremely tired of the cold weather.  She normally spends a good chunk of her day outside, now she is down to about 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening.  She really doesn’t like using a litter box and acts more like a dog in that we have to[Read More…]

Chicken Waldorf Salad

Chicken Waldorf Salad

I’ve switched my grocery shopping day from Thursday to Friday.  Why that is important to you (or perhaps it’s not, perhaps you are sighing right now thinking, “Why do I care when Pam does her grocery shopping.  Boring.  Yawn.  Yawn.”) is because my grocery store has rotisserie chickens for $5 on Friday.  Five dollars!!  Since[Read More…]

Books Read in 2015

As I said in my Books Read in 2014 post, I will not be keeping track of my books read on my side column anymore.  They will be kept here on this post, which I will set up as a drop down menu under books.  I will update it as I finish books.  I’ll probably[Read More…]