Yes, adding kale can justify mac and cheese being “healthier”, can’t it? Please say yes because that’s what my conscience was telling me when I wanted to combine two of my top 25 foods all in one pot. Perhaps I’m making up lost time as a kid when all I wanted to eat was mac and cheese, but instead I was fed a healthy diet of fresh fish, greens and rice. Oh, the “trauma” of eating fresh homemade food during childhood.
Please, let me explain.» 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 →
go ahead, make a mess.
Hold on tight, you’ll be pleased to know that these chili cheese fries are fresh, home-made, hand-made and fried with only the best yukon gold potatoes and grape seed oil. No need to sneak through the drive-through to satisfy your greasy cravings. You can do that in the sacred privacy of your own 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 →
Summer Festis back for its 3rd year! And we’re happy to be participating again thanks to Margaret Roach and Deb Puchalla, the creators of Summer Fest.
This great annual cross-blog event celebrates the peak harvest season where we all share recipes or growing tips for all our harvest fresh ingredients and produce. Everyone is encouraged to participate by sharing a recipe or tip each Wednesday’s specific theme the the event ends.
Summer fest is a community celebration of shared cooking and gardening tips. All you » Read the full story →
Our biggest apologies to all you friends who are still frozen under snow or drenched with rain. This post isn’t to gloat about our wonderful sunshine and blue skies, but rather, it’s about reminding you to enjoy eating your beet greens. Although, it doesn’t hurt to brag about our warm weather to you all cause it could warm-up you cold weather folks a bit! (but if you’re an outstanding tele-skier like Jen Yu, then you’ll want to be buried under snow!)
When spring arrives (like » Read the full story →
I’m guilty and fessing up to the fact that I often drown my salads in dressing. Simple, crisp and fresh salads are my favorite ways to eat greens, sans all the complicated toppings. The extra toppings often get in the way of my favorite greens. But to contradict myself in a bowl of lettuce, I’ll often plunge the delicate leaves in a bath of oil and vinegar, suffocating my salad in excess dressing. Bad me, bad.
Key ingredients to healthy & flavorful dressing: non-fat yogurt, » Read the full story →
My little brother is man of few words. Indeed, he’s grown-up, a man who is only a few years my junior, but he’ll always be a little brother to me.
Since childhood, his silence was often overlooked because with so many frolicking kids in one household, all the loud chatter and squabble over the one television was usually ignored. With 6 high energy kids between the ages of 5-16, my parents became selectively deaf to all our loud obsessions and disputes over the Atari game » 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 →
Woe to the dinner roll. So plain and boring. Dinner rolls piled in a basket to stave off hunger before the “real meal” arrives or utilized as a gravy clean up tool throughout the feast. It’s the wallflower of the dinner table.
It is time for the dinner roll to stand and say “Notice Me!” Let mashed potatoes and green beans be the boring ones. Introduce the feasting masses to dinner roll eye-rolling goodness and show ‘em you’ve got soul and pizazz. Announce your bad-ass » Read the full story →
We were ready for Autumn, or what ever version Southern California is capable of, and looking forward to pumpkins, apples and the cooler dry air that marks our fall. However the weather has been indecisive about what season it wants to represent, or maybe it was one last summer ho-rah, because we were just inundated with several weeks of hot, 90°+ sunshine.
Unfortunately, our extension of hot days and plenty of sunshine is playing tricks on the garden. Our tomatoes have found their “second wind” » Read the full story →