Featured Cauliflower

Pickled Cauliflower

Have you discovered the joys of pickling?  I don’t just mean the book, The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market – though that is the book that I found this recipe in.  I’m talking about pickling in general.  It is by far my most favorite way to preserve[Read More…]

Calico cat in a tree.

Happy Caturday! Coco in a Tree

I was outside taking some photos for Garden Tuesday, when I glanced over and saw this.  Cat owners will probably recognize that look.  That is the “I am about to run up this tree like crazy” look.  So, I snapped this quickly and ran over to get some more as she frolicked in the tree.[Read More…]

Baked Squash Marinara

Baked Squash Marinara

I am not a vegetarian.  Not even close.  My celebratory meal of choice is a perfectly cooked rib eye.  However, we all know we shouldn’t be eating boatloads of red meat. I haven’t yet jumped on the Meatless Mondays band wagon or the vegan before 6pm, but I do try and sprinkle a few meatless[Read More…]

The Kitchen Ecosystem

The Kitchen Ecosystem by Eugenia Bone

Let me begin by saying that I love the concept of The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals. I love the idea of using every bit of what you have, a sort of nose to tail idea that also includes fruits and vegetables. Just the other day, I was chopping off some broccoli[Read More…]


Homemade Limoncello

I’ve posted a limoncello recipe before.   Wow, I can’t believe that was all the back in 2011.  But since that time I’ve made batch after batch of limoncello.  It’s that good.  Once you try your homemade, you will never be satisfied with store bought again.   This is so easy, it’s one of those[Read More…]

Christmas Cactus

It’s Christmas Cactus Time! Garden Tuesday

It’s Christmas cactus time again!  Mine started blooming around Thanksgiving and have been going strong ever since!  Your can sort of see the creamy white colored one blooming away behind this one. They’ve gotten so huge, I was going to try and create new baby plants from some of the arms (legs?) of the plant[Read More…]

Dijon Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Kale

Dijon Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Kale

While I know it is possible to make stews and soups not in a slow cooker or crockpot, I rarely do.  There is just something to easy about putting it all in the slow cooker and then getting about your day.  By the time dinner rolls around, the morning prep is forgotten, and it’s almost[Read More…]

2013 Craftwork Chardonnay

A Taste of Monterey | Weekend Wine Reviews #233

We arrived in Monterey a little too early to check into our hotel room.  So we parked on the main drag and went in search of a wine tasting room.  The first one we came to was Taste of Monterey.  This was our first actual wine tasting room  not associated with a specific winery, but[Read More…]

Calico cat

Happy Caturday! Too Cold to Go Outside

While fall was Coco’s season, winter is definitely not.  She does not like it when the temperature gets below 40.  She sits in the foyer looking out the front door, but usually decides it’s not worth it.  If she does go out, she comes rushing in about 20 minutes later and immediately finds the nearest[Read More…]

Pasta Primavera with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

Pasta Primavera with Shrimp and Sugar Snap Peas

I remember when I first started cooking I considered recipes the last word.  They had to be followed.  All ingredients purchased and lined up.  If I didn’t have something, I didn’t make it.  Period.  No questions asked.  Now, thank goodness, I am much more adventuresome.  I use recipes as guidelines.  Someway to take some of[Read More…]