Grilled Eggplant Salad | Sidewalk Shoes

Grilled Eggplant and Mint Salad

I don’t like eggplant.  I don’t hate it, but it is definitely not something I would buy.  When my CSA recently had a couple of small eggplants in our basket, I thought about putting them straight in the compost pile.  I had plenty of vegetables to work with that I actually liked and enjoyed cooking.[Read More...]

Zinnias | Sidewalk Shoes

Zinnias for Garden Tuesday

I have a flower bed by my mailbox that stays in a perpetual stage of transition.  I tried to get lavender to grow in it and it does okay, but it doesn’t really seem to flourish there.  While I try to decide on what perennials to put there, I thought maybe some annuals could just[Read More...]

Girard's Champagne Bruschetta | Sidewalk Shoes

Girard’s Champagne Bruschetta

My favorite parties are those that have a table full of little appetizing bites.  As a matter of fact, standing right next to that table is usually where you will find me at parties.  I have been known to graze for hours.  It’s a hobby.  A past time of mine, if you will.  So, I[Read More...]

DMZ Chardonnay | Sidewalk Shoes

DMZ Chardonnay | Weekend Wine Reviews #221

DMZ (DeMorgenzon) Chardonnay, 2012, South Africa.  $16.00, Vine and Barrel.  We say:  fruity, grape-y, A bit sweet, very good!  An unusual chardonnay.  Buy again:  definitely (as a matter of fact, we already have!) Sharing is fun!

Coco Kitty | Sidewalk Shoes

Happy Caturday from Coco Kitty!

Well, summer has finally kicked in here and we are not amused.  97 degrees that really feel like 100+ are no fun.  We are ready for fall.  Boots.  Leaves.  Stews.  Soups.  Crisp air.  Fresh dried catnip. Ready.  So ready. Sharing is fun!

Papperdelle with Corn, Lobster, and Pancetta | Sidewalk Shoes

Pappardelle with Corn, Lobster, Pancetta, and Creme Fraiche

I adore lobster, but don’t have it very often.  Not just because it’s expensive, but because of something that happened probably about 15 years ago.  Mr. Sidewalk Shoes and I had gone out to eat to celebrate our anniversary.  We each chose lobster, something that was our go-to celebration dinner.  It was one of those restaurants[Read More...]

10% Happier | Sidewalk Shoes

10% Happier by Dan Harris

Hands down, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story is one of the best self-help books I’ve ever read. It is possibly the first “self-help” book that has been as entertaining as it has been helpful. I stumbled[Read More...]

Featured Tomatoes | Sidewalk Shoes

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

The other morning, I got a text from Mr. Sidewalk Shoes saying that has he drove out of the subdivision for work, he saw a box of peaches on a neighbors car with grocery bags laying beside them.  The universal sign for take them, they’re free!  I hurried up, got dressed and drove over, no[Read More...]

Rose of Sharon | Sidewalk Shoes

Rose of Sharon and Purple Hyssop | Garden Tuesday

Purple hyssop was a new addition to our garden last year.  I like that it blooms sort of late in the season.  Some of my early bloomers are fading out and these are coming on strong. The Rose of Sharon’s are also late bloomers (relatively speaking).  We have these lining both sides of our backyard[Read More...]

Amaretto Almond Butter | Sidewalk Shoes

Amaretto Almond Butter | Homemade Almond Butter

For some reason, Mr. Sidewalk Shoes has decided he likes almond butter better than peanut butter.  I’m not sure why.  Personally I think peanut butter is a smidgen better, but since he is the one taking it in his lunch, he wins the butter war.  When I got the new cookbook, Better From Scratch (Williams-Sonoma):[Read More...]