The Epic

  I don’t eat a lot of sandwhiches, I hardly ever eat bread… but this sandwich, well, open faced sandwich makes ‘epic’ in my book. It’s simple, it’s not fancy. But, it is EPIC. I could eat this for 3 meals a day if all that bread wouldn’t give me heartburn. This is what you […]

A Peach of a day.

Last Saturday was ‘family fun day’. We went with friends and family to Gross’ Orchard about 1/2 hour from here and picked peaches and apples. We are up to our eyeballs in peaches. Oh yes. It’s a very good thing, a juicy good thing. I will be putting some in the freezer in chunks for […]

borrowing some Joy

If Joy the Baker were my neighbor we would be passing recipes back and forth. I would occasionally stop in to borrow a cup of sugar in exchange for some of our fresh eggs. I’d take her canned goods and she’d bake us cookies. We’d pick berries and add mint infused booze and sip on the deck. That’s […]

This post is soooo juicy.

See my awesome craigslist juicer? Like it! See my gorgeous, excited 3 yr old? Love her. Jude the Dude scarfes this stuff down like it’s going out of st My fav… carrot/apple/cuc. Another top delight, cuc/celery/pear. What’s your favorite homemade juice?

Beans, beans, the magical fruit.

I love preserving food. There is something immensely satisfying about starting with raw ingredients and ending up with jars and jars of ‘meals for later’. I also love beans. Recently I canned navy beans and pintos. I added flavorful spices like chipotle, chili and a tuscan blend (by Penzeys). To some I just add salt. […]

White bean and oat burger with cucumber salad

Experimentation in vegetation lives on… White Bean and Oat burger… try it, you’ll like it. 3 c white beans 1 c oats 1 egg (or 1 tbs oat bran) 1/2 tsp cumin 2 tbs chopped fresh parsley 2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro 1 small minced onion 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) freshly ground pepper […]

10 Min Trick- Cranberry Chicken Mix everything in the baking dish, add chicken (marinate if you want) and bake. Don’t follow the directions that say to pre cook the onions. Simplify.

10 Minute Trick – Scones

This scone recipe is no more than 10 minutes to throw together (active work time). I added dried cranberries to ours, wow huge hit all around!! I made it in my food processor, but was careful not to overwork it. I also substituted coconut oil for the butter and it worked well. I will definitely […]

M-eganism, 10 things I’ve learned.

My 3 week ‘more vegan’ experiment has ended and here is what I’ve learned. 1. It’s less complicated. No need to go down the meat or cheese aisle! (But, fruit and veg prep can be time consuming.) 2. It’s easy to be unbalanced and eat more carbs, even healthy carbs. It’s important to keep the […]

10 Minute Tricks, I’m at it again.

Two more 10 minute tricks… Made Homemade play dough with the kids… They LOVED it! I made homemade yogurt. This is very easy, and even though the setting time takes longer, the actual prep is about 3 minutes. Some people go to a lot of fuss and complicated nonsense (excuse me)… but this is what I […]

Vegan Sweet Potato and Leek Soup

Last week I went to a luncheon and my friend made this yummy soup. It was so delish . I had two servings. I am making it for this weekend (I don’t like to cook a lot on the weekends). Yummy. I hope you enjoy it! Leek and sweet potato soup By: Janet Brinkworth Prep time: […]

TWO 10 Minute Tricks

Trick # 1. Spend 10 minutes clearing out the homeschool section of the bookshelf. Warning! Spending any longer will result in temporary insanity or ‘sorters disorder’. Trick #2 Don’t cook. Make this recipe instead! Inspired by lunch at my friend Marie’s last week this salad is full of flavor and a meal in itself.   […]

Vegan Me? Maybe a M-egan me…

I wonder what that would look like. Would I have more energy, be less tired, feel less sluggish? I watched a series of documentaries… dag gum it… The Beautiful Truth , Dying to Have Known and Forks over Knives (you can rent this on on itunes). Sometimes, knowing more isn’t better, well, it doesn’t feel better. If even […]

10 Minute Trick – Pasta Puttanesca

Darling Nigella, I am not sure if I love you or if you make me squirm… I am just not sure. You eat with your hands and in bed! Perhaps it’s my inner sense of modesty… my conservative up bringing that keeps me from diving in 100%. Sluts’ Spaghetti? Really? I have to confess that […]

Don’t throw it out, eat it.

A friend of mine sent me this incredible article today that  I LOVED. Give it a read. It got me thinking about all of the things that we eat that others might throw out, but we consider food. Here are a few of mine… liquid from boiling meat or veg sour milk dandelions radish or […]

10 Minute Trick- Indian Food

I made a recipe today from Stovetop Indian Cooking a little cookbook I bought from a hole in the wall restaurant in Lynchburg City Market. The owner highly recommended this cookbook. It has not let us down! Everything is delish. Amazon has some used for .98. If I were you, I’d get right on that… Balti […]

Spanish Tortilla

What is it? Well, it is not a mexican tortilla, which is wonderful. A spanish tortilla is a simple dish of potatoes, onions and eggs. Oh, and about a cup of olive oil. I am not kidding. This is how it goes…

Chickpea and Potato stew

This takes 10 minutes of prep (including the rice). Ingredients: 2 tbs olive oil 1 onion chopped 4 cloves garlic 2 large potatoes peeled and diced 1/2 cup diced spanish chorizo, or any other sausage you have water salt and pepper to taste   saute the onions, garlic and chorizo while peeling and dicing the […]

Christmas cookies

I wanted to share this with you… super delish Christmas cookie recipe. if you like those super soft sugar cookies, this is for you! RECIPE

Collette’s Daube

Beef Daube (serve with mashed potatoes or polenta) 1.5 kilo of stew beef ( about 3 lbs) olive oil 1 chopped onion 1 whole head of garlic, smashed 1 tsp thyme 1 glass of red wine 1 bay leaf 5 cloves 10 juniper berries 1/4 -1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper Saute the onion, garlic and […]

Wine in Provence pic nick on the med

My friends Hilary and Brian have a great business, Wine in Provence, here in Aix. They asked me to do food for them for this excursion they took clients on. This video gives you a ‘taste’ of it.  Is was a lot of fun and well apparently well received! Here is one of the recipes: Quiche Provencal […]

Pumpkin and Cashew Soup

4 cups fresh cooked pumpkin 1 onion 1/2 tso ginger 1/2 tsp cumin 1 tsp curry 4 cups water (or stock) chicken or vegetable stock 1/2 cup raw cashews 1 tbs oil (i used coconut oil)   saute the onion with the spices in the oil. add the pumpkin, water or stock and simmer on […]

River Cottage Pear Cake (or apple)

i watched this video, or shall i say, i made the mistake of watching River Cottage Cake video we have a lot of apples that were given to us by a friend who has several apple trees. we have given apples away, made compote, made pie filling, made cakes, muffins, pancakes, tarte titan, given some […]

ONE pancake recipe

this morning i taught the kids a simple pancake recipe. it is based off a jamie oliver pancake recipe that i adapted a wee bit (after making it his way the first time, I decided it needed more fluff and a bit of salt and sugar). here it is, simple to remember because everything is […]