Secret Sauce

A gret sauce for all those summer BBQ happenings.

I’m on the MOVE!

Happy Earth Day! Since I am all about plant based eating, which is infinitely better for us and the PLANET, I decided to use the “holiday” to announce that I have made the leap to a proper website blog – whoo-hoo!  Although I haven’t migrated everything over yet, it has a real recipe index, and will…

Cookies for Breakfast

I never need to go looking for new favorite things, they find me. In one case recently, a friend offered me a “Mesquite Jumble” cookie from one of the vendors at our farmer’s market that I’d inexplicably managed to never buy anything from. As she handed it to me, my friend said that she was addicted…

I do… Love broccoli!

I love broccoli. When I say that, a funny little voice from within replies, “Then why don’t you marry it?” Must be the way I say it. This week I fell in love with yet another bunch at my friend Winnie’s stand at the farmer’s market. It’s beautiful shape, a “broc-quet” if you will, inspired…

Love is all Around

I admit it, I love Valentine’s Day. I know that some don’t and refer to it as “SAD” (Single Awareness Day), but none of us are really single. We are with people at work, the bank, the market, and everywhere we go. There are plenty of people in our lives, whether we “love” them or not,…

Smokin!

I recently rediscovered smoked paprika, and it was like running into an old flame on New Year’s Eve: “Oh, right! You are the one.” An older recipe of mine I was using not long ago called for it, and I was blown away by the robust, aromatic flavor.  It gave instant depth and the old “je…

That’s Nacho Bad for You!

Because of the wishes for change that often come with new year, I’m continuing the topic of taking better care of ourselves.  Like resolutions though, I may chuck this notion next week, but for now… The wishes we have this time of year are usually based on “more” or “less” of something. Last week I…

Healthy New Year!

The plan for this month is to stick to the topic of taking better care of ourselves. I shan’t refer to resolutions because rarely are we resolute about them, but as we usher in a new year, we often decide that change is good. A suggested change, that you may already have a wish for, is to…

Fancy That!

I have spent quite a bit of time in the UK over the years, and usually at home with natives.  They will often use the endearing word “fancy” when asking about your food and drink wishes.  For example, “Do you fancy a cuppa?”  It’s hard to turn down a cup of tea, or anything really,…

Come Down and Have a Little Stew

The chilly weather has me feeling soupy-stewy, if you know what I mean.  That hankering for a bowl of pure comfort, that starts with sautéed onions and garlic.  As you know, I am prone to getting culinary “notions” in my head, and this week it was lentils.  Lentil stew in particular, and I had greens…

Shocking! The Beauty of Blanching

I had two holiday parties this week. One I did most of the feeding for, the other was a potluck. The potluck invite said to “bring something to pass.”  Hmmm.  In pro-partying vernacular, “passed” indicates an hors d’oeuvre, so I wasn’t sure if it meant it was an appetizer potluck or just a homey phrase,…

Practicing Giving

I thought I ought to offer up some thoughts on holiday gift giving, both for feeders and from a feeder – one feeder to another even!  I may be in the minority, but I love trying to decide what to give family and friends on special occasions and at the holidays. Well, except those pesky…