Allende On Aphrodisiacs

COOKING RIGHT FOR MR RIGHT  I greatly admire Isabelle Allende for her sumptuous writing, but who knew she was also a sensuous cook?  In her delightfully idiosyncratic “Aphrodite” she promises this dish, Noodles with Artichokes, will move lovers quickly “from gluttony to lust” -- because, she claims, it’s saturated with aphrodisiacs. Ergo, a thoroughly satisfying night of passion is sure to follow.  Try it on your Old Mr....more

Weekend Plans

I love, love our local farmer's market.  It is about 2 miles away now and is open every Tuesday and Friday.  I got there this morning about 8:00 and there was just a wonderful array of baked goods, honey, squash and zucchini (which I have coming out my ears from my own garden right now), herbs, onions, potatoes and some tomatoes.  There was even one guy there with corn, but it seemed a little small, so I passed on that.  And oh my goodness, the flowers!...more


Another Saturday and all dressed with no where to go. Both of us are lying low due to the ...more

I'm crazy, crazy for feelin' so....

My husband, Marc, and I were in the kitchen preparing dinner.  We were going to be smoking lamb chops on the Big Green Egg.  But, since we made a turkey a few days earlier, he was going to warm some of it up as well. ...more

I need all the help I can get... I am holding on to my laugh as long as I can.... because if I ...more

How to eat real food in 8 easy steps

I took a real food mini-pledge this week, staying away from processed foods and refined grains, such as white bread, rice, and pasta. Read more at How to eat real food in 8 easy steps....more

Project Domestication

I love to eat, but I hate to cook....more

Father's Day Feast

Mmmmm, show dad just how much you love him with a meal fit for a king! Turn on the game, pour him a glass of his favorite beer and fire up the grill, it’s time to knock dad’s argyle socks off with this manly menu!“Bacon” & Tater Salad...more

My favorite banana bread


Linda is here! A drawer just for bananas and buttermilk is always in the fridge. I'm prepared ...more

Don’t Hate Me Because I Love My Le Creuset!

I would first like to say that I am not a sponsor for “Le Creuset,” nor looking to give them a free “plug.” However this is a testimonial, because I love my collection of Le Creuset! I will warn you that these suckers are heavy—they are made of enameled cast iron—so the shoulders and the traps get a real workout having to lift them, to and fro; and it is a real chore when it comes time to clean them too. Washing these behemoths in the first place is bad enough, but in a cramped little sink is a total bummer!...more

I love that! And so many dishes do taste better when adding wine to foods cooked in our Le ...more

Trying To Stay Busy

Zola and Ajay are off on an adventure for the next two weeks. They left yesterday to spend some time with my parents in PA and I am missing them like crazy. Although, I know that they are having fun because this morning when I called I could barely keep Zola on the phone for more than two seconds and Ajay wouldn't even get on the phone. I heard him in the background "Tell her I love her, but I am busy right now."...more