Can’t.Stop.Dunking.

Last night I made a big pot o’ beans. All day long I soaked a pound of dried Cranberry Beans in a big bowl of water, changing the water out twice. Then I dumped the drained beans into a stew … Continue reading

I think I gained 5 pounds this week…

I was away at a conference this week. I was busy busy busy and I ate more than my usual. I *tried* to be mindful of my eating and I made sure I exercised every single day…but still. I ate. … Continue reading

Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc and a STELLAR Dessert

I learned how to make a Beurre Blanc tonight. It’s an onion/shallot, white wine, lemon juice reduction that’s got a CRAP load of butter mixed in at the end. I served it over homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli. That sauce is … Continue reading

Candied Jalapeños? Yes. I smoke crack. v2

WHY? you ask. WHY would anyone want to Candy Jalapeños? a) I wanted to make a fun and unique food gift for my sisters and some friends that I’ll be seeing this weekend. b) I decided to try candying something spicy. …Ok, … Continue reading

I forgot to defrost the chicken…*sigh*

I had a Sunday School teacher who once described my style as ‘Cooking by the seat of my pants.’ By this she meant that I kinda make things up as I go along. A pinch of this, a dash of … Continue reading

Some days, you *just* need to eat everything in sight.

You just need to – only every once in a while – give yourself permission to eat. And today I did. When I got home from work I was H.U.N.G.R.Y. Snacking on carrot sticks just_wasn’t_cutting_it. Believe me – I tried. I … Continue reading

Mission Gnocchi: ACCOMPLISHED!

I Diiiiiiiiiiid IT! WoooooHooooooo! Me + Smitten Kitchen = GNOCCHI!!! I’ve tried making gnocchi like, what, a dozen times? Seriously. No joke. I’d nearly given up. But ooooooh no. Smitten Kitchen had to go and re-ignite my desire, nay my NEED, … Continue reading

Maple Dijon Vina-wha??

I was gonna write this whole big long lengthy lecture about Rutabagas and the Beef Stew I made for dinner last night. Instead: Here are quick photos. Maybe next time I’ll give more details. 1) The Rutabaga Gallery. Aren’t they just … Continue reading

I boiled Peanuts

I know, you’re like Whaa?? Yup. I know, it’s totally easy to go and buy a thingie of peanuts from, like ANYWHERE, but I was reading Marcus Samuelson’s cookbook – which is awesome by the way – and I came across … Continue reading