It’s cold, unforgiving, and can bite to the bone sending shivers throughout the body. Sometimes you just want to wrap yourself up and hide from it. Somehow seeking warmth and comfort from its ugliness. Oh yeah, and the weather can be bad too.
Too much lately have we been reminded of the ugliness of life. We all approach life differently, savoring the sweetness and swallowing the bitterness in our own ways. For Diane and I, we struggle with the seeming pointlessness of writing about food » Read the full story →
My conversation with Mom last week ended up with her asking, again, when Todd and I were going to have kids. Like every Mom I know, there’s joys at being a Grandmother that can never be explained. I understand this happiness and it’s never a bad thing to yearn to hold a Grand-baby of your very own. But the topic of her birthday and Christmas came up and I had to kindly remind her that there’s no way for Santa to deliver in time. And » Read the full story →
We’re still trying to understand how October is almost around the corner. Please, September, don’t leave too quickly.
It felt as if it was only a few weeks ago that we planted our heirloom tomato plants. Now, the last of the cherry tomatoes dot the ground with fallen fruit or are barely clinging on to their withering branches. Every year, it’s around this time of the season that we start to get nostalgic for Summer produce and foods. But at the same time, another excitement » Read the full story →
Just to state the obvious, our tomatoes have been very successful this year. After struggling to grow them the past couple years we were determined to have a good crop this year. I think we may be on to something.
Each year I think we get a little less ignorant. At least I hope we do. Spring begins the same. After months of waiting for the weather to warm up so we can begin our tomato frenzy, we’ll hit the nurseries scouring for tomato young-ins. » Read the full story →
This has been an incredible week at the Steamy Kitchen Compound/Resort/Farm/Retreat. Home. Diane and I red-eyed a flight across the country on Sunday night, arriving with the sunrise on Monday. Jaden is in the process of her next fantabulous cookbook and we came in for the week to help her power through a section of the photography. We rounded out the team with Jenna from Eat, Live, Run to complete our shooting posse. Read the full story →
This week flew by. Jenna and I prepped, seared, and sliced away »
Re-Awakened. That’s how I would describe the aftermath of traveling.
Even as aware as we try to be at home, it is easy to fall into our routines. We tend to focus on the familiar and filter out the rest. There is comfort and warmth in the familiar. However sometimes something exceptional is right under our noses and we never notice.
Yet when we travel, our senses are alive. Everything seems fresh and new. We seek out the different and exceptional. The heart and eyes » Read the full story →
Happy Cinco De Mayo! Today we’re celebrating with a guest recipe from some of our favorite ladies. Please welcome our guest writers today: Evangelina, Yvette and Veronica, the lovely ladies from Muy Bueno Cookbook.
Today they are sharing the write-up for their amazing stacked Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas!! They are home-cooks from El Paso, Texas who share their love of family, culture and food on their wonderful blog.
Photography by Todd & Diane (that’s us) and this fabulous Recipe is from Muy Bueno Cookbook.» Read the full story →
Thursday night I went to bed determined to wake up in the morning and rhapsodize about brown butter and teff flour. Culinary alchemy. A magical Ethiopian grass seed. Then that morning came and something extraordinary happened.
Diane asked to put on the news. “Something’s happened in Eygpt.”» Read the full story →
The maligned sandwich loaf. A second-class citizen in the bread world. Soft, mass-produced, with nothing artistinal or interesting about it. Bearer of boring pb&j’s and bologna sandwiches. Oscar Meyer has a better repute than the soft sandwich loaf breads.
Yet, are they really such an inferior loaves? Or has it become such a commercial mainstay that it becomes hard to admire its qualities. It’s like trying to appreciate Barber of Seville after watching Bugs Bunny shave up Elmer.» Read the full story →
Please welcome Dara Michalski of Cookin’ Canuck. She’s a lovely mother of 2 boys who cooks up a beautiful storm of home-cooked meals on her blog. Dara is guest posting today and sharing her recipe for a fabulous puffed pastry ravioli with roasted red pepper sauce. We had to make the dish ourselves, recipe testing of course, and the results were just terrific! And we photographed it too. We couldn’t help it.
Text & recipe from Dara and photography from Todd & Diane .» Read the full story →
Baked acorn squash was never a dish that I obsessed over. Because of my love of butternut squash, acorn squash always seemed to hide in in the shadows of my other squash love affairs. It wasn’t until I started food blogging that I really understood the appeal of these cute acorn shaped globes.» Read the full story →
(violins & cellos in the air… Masterpiece theatre sets the stage…)
Crusty, charred Lines of Black
Gentle crumb singed Golden. Soft.
Day old. Resuscitated.» Read the full story →
We get terribly excited about butternut squash when Fall arrives. Or maybe it’s the opposite and we get excited about Fall because of butternut squash. Either way, this sexy, curvaceous shaped looking gourd is a sign that the holidays are around the corner and we’ll be pacing ourselves with back to back feasts. Time to hit the gym and dojo for extra calorie burning sessions.» Read the full story →
Fall Fest is here and it’s a continuation of Summer Fest, a cross-blog recipe (and tip) swap. These events were started by Margaret Roach of Away to Garden and Deb Puchalla of Food Network. Last week’s theme was Spinach and for this week, it’s all about apples, beautiful apples.
Join and share yourblog write ups. Just post your link or recipe or idea in the comments below this post, and also share on the blogs of the other participants who are co-hosting as well.» Read the full story →
For 10 years my working life was swallowed up by a cafe/market where we made some of the most badass garlic knots around. Those combined with an espresso were my regular sustenance on countless non-stop, never pause for a breath days. Screw the labor laws with required break-times, as a GM there is too much to be done in too short of a time. The garlic knots were the perfect grab-&-go nosh. I never got tired of them, never even tired of their beautiful » Read the full story →
7 A.M.: Sitting on the plane waiting for take-off, Diane turns to me with concerned, sleep deprived eyes, “We have to have my brother water the tomatoes! It’s supposed to get hot this week.” Nevermind the fact that in the upcoming week, we had 2.5 days to shoot almost 40 recipes plus get footage for 3 videos. Or that we’d be dealing with 115° heat in Scottsdale. The only concerns running through that pretty mind of hers was of our precious tomatoes back home.» Read the full story →
Summer Fest is in full swing and the theme for this week is corn, lovely sweet corn. To participate, read more about Summer Fest on Away To Garden from Margaret then come join the community! Catch up on last week’s theme on the bounty of Cukes N Zukes.
As a kid, I wasn’t particularly picky, but I had my likes and dislikes. We were lucky to grow up in a farming valley and during summertime there were the little farm stands filled with amazing freshly » Read the full story →
Fingers crossed, in WORC garden there will be an onion bumper crop in a few months, without all the onion breath. Plenty of Walla Walla sweets are coming up ever-so-cutely in the garden and we’re excited, it’s hard to resist not yanking them out of the dirt too early during their growing season.
If you’ve never had a sweet onions of any kind, you’re living in a culinary cave! Yes, onion-haters, there are many wonderful varieties of sweet onions that are very mild on the » Read the full story →
I’m often impatient in the kitchen when it comes to having to use the oven to bake a simple dish. Just the thought of having to pre-heat the oven makes me cringe at the waste of time and energy it takes to create a simple meal. It’s a relief for me to be able to adapt a dish that is traditionally baked in the oven to be cooked on the stove. My impatience enjoys the fact that it doesn’t have to wait for the oven » Read the full story →
Everyone is so busy, shopping, cooking and cleaning. But let’s not forget our pups!
The holidays are always about hustling and bustling at work, around the house, hectic mall and preparing for the family feasts, large and small. This year has been especially chaotic for us and we found ourselves feeling awfully guilty about neglecting the pups. Long days at work have taken away from all the play and dog walking time. Sierra and Dante watch us as we stumble through the door, with tired » Read the full story →