Gone Girl: Keep it Secret!

One of my favorite kind of books is the kind that you are best knowing very little about when you start reading. They are the books that you can't talk about with anyone who hasn't yet read them because you might accidentally give something away. This can also make it challenging to spread the word about the book but Shellyrae rose to that challenge and hooked me with her sparse review of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl. - Karen ...more
I am listening to this on tape on my frequent road trips.  I can't wait to drive some more.  ... more

Three Words I Hate

I was watching The Voice tonight when Christina Aguilera said, "For whatever reason...." And for whatever reason, I cringed. My eyes involuntarily squinted. I wanted to stab somebody with my red pen. I hope to never hear those three words uttered together again....more
"In my opinion" drives me crazy! If you expressing it, obviously it is your opinion. And don't ... more

Pulled Pork Tacos with Pumpkin-Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Cilantro Slaw

In preparing to make the up-coming week's meal plan, I asked DH to go through the freezer and inventory its contents. He found, among other things, a pork belly, a pound of turtle meat, a couple of packs of chorizo, a chunk of canadian bacon, and several bags of pulled pork that we had put in the freezer after Labor Day. Needless to say, we'll be eating out of the freezer for the next couple of weeks, starting with the pulled pork....more
Would you believe that the second most popular post on my blog is for turtle soup? We buy ... more

The Taco Experiment, Experience? Every Night is Taco Night at My House...

I don't know about the rest of you, but at my house, menu planning is a challenge. (If I could have music playing in the background it would sound something like birds chirping along with a whimsical instrumental), Back in the day, I'm talking a few years ago when my kids were younger, I could plan a two-week menu, take my list to the store and produce glorious, healthy meals for my adoring family, (and now the record scratches to a halt). These days, my three darlings and my husband all have an opinion about what is served at the dinner table, or in all actuality the kitchen "bar"....more
I love tacos! It might be interesting to serve tacos every night for a week or so and try to ... more

Grilled Salmon with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Parmesan Grits

I made Parmesan grits and roasted some cherry tomatoes a couple of weeks ago to serve with my Garlic, Sage and Walnut Pesto Grilled Chicken.  Now the combination is one of my new favorite things.  This week one of our Cooking Light favorites, Salmon with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, was on the menu.  But then I remembered how good the creamy grits and sweet, slightly caramelized che...more
Its important to start with good tomatoes! more

Easy Chocolate Cake with Quick Caramel Icing

 Monday was B's 13th birthday.  President Obama decided to help him celebrate by coming through town in the middle of the afternoon.  Boone only has a couple of major arteries so the schools let out early to accommodate the road closures and traffic.  B brought a couple of his friends home and they spent the afternoon shooting at zombies on the X-box and at each other with airsoft guns....more
Sounds good to me! more

Pulled Pork Tacos with Pumpkin-Chipotle BBQ Sauce and Cilantro Slaw

In preparing to make the up-coming week's meal plan, I asked DH to go through the freezer and inventory its contents. He found, among other things, a pork belly, a pound of turtle meat, a couple of packs of chorizo, a chunk of canadian bacon, and several bags of pulled pork that we had put in the freezer after Labor Day. Needless to say, we'll be eating out of the freezer for the next couple of weeks, starting with the pulled pork....more
The sauce does not have a big pumpkin flavor -- more of a mellow sweetness to balance the spice. more

Cinnamon-Sugar Baked Doughnuts

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Thanks! I'm hoping my son makes them often. more

Smoked Gouda Bison Burgers with Warm Apple Slaw

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Thanks -- the leftovers were great for lunch today! more

Skirt Steak with Grilled Tomato Salsa and Guacamole

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We cooked more skirt steak last night, and made more quacamole, but used purchased fresh salsa. ... more