I had an epiphany last week. I seem to have a lot of them lately. They are true lightbulb moments that I sometimes look up to see if a lightbulb just flashed over my head.  I’m wondering if epiphanies come with age or I need maybe I just need to be medicated.  (Now I’m thinking of one of those medicine commercials advertising a drug for epiphanies and wondering what kind of a face an actor would make to show that emotion.) I digress.  I usually write a birthday blog but this year, I just couldn’t.  It had nothing to do with becoming a year older (because let’sRead More →

  Whether you are married, coupled or a parent, you learn things about your housemate(s) or at least you should learn things. I’ve been with my husband long enough to know the good stuff like he will be the first to apologize no matter what the issue, he always kisses me goodbye in the morning and he will fill my water glass every time he gets up. (Pretty awesome, right?) The things I have learned about him that ARE negative  are really kind of petty.  When you live with someone for YEARS, those things can sometimes really get under your skin like getting a dishRead More →

Reinventing the wheel.  Some say we should always be thinking of how to make things better and more efficient.  We can improve on concepts, make things visually more appealing and keep trying to better a product. We keep thinking that we can improve on things and yet we go back to square one…to the original…to the best. This can be a thought for technology, standard operating procedures and even for our own well being…..but does everything ALWAYS need to be changed?  Are we wasting time or are we challenging our minds? I think of these things a lot. I’m not sure if it is anRead More →

Practice makes perfect or in some cases practice is just practice.  My past weekend goal was to make Chinese Soup Dumplings (Xiao Long Bao).  Known also as basket dumplings or XLB,  they are probably my favorite dim sum option. To make them, you need to plan a day or so ahead because one of the key components is the “soup.”  The soup consists of various components such as pork skin, smoked ham, pork bones, ginger, scallions and Chinese rice wine.  (Like most soup bases ingredients vary and you can make it with chicken.) So, are you ready to learn how to make them?  Well youRead More →

Let me apologize for being a bit distracted this week and not getting a food blog up. I signed up this week to “Take Steps” with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation at the end of April.  It is a small walk in Fort Wayne, Indiana but it is a huge step for me. I wanted to mark my 40th year of living with Crohn’s by doing something and this seemed like the best fit.  (The picture I posted was my first hospital visit in 1978, I was only 7.) Most of you have read about some of my struggles in the past here on FeltRead More →

New Flash. March is National Noodle Month!!!!  Did you know that?  Do you need an excuse to eat more noodles?  I don’t. I was all excited to write this awesome blog on Udon Noodles and then I got corrected that “technically” Udon Noodles aren’t noodles.  This is where the food world is confusing to me.  Noodle is in the name….so it is a noodle…right? Nope.  I guess in the U.S., a noodle must have a certain percentage of egg in it to be considered a noodle….and udon is not made with eggs…it is just flour, salt and water. But according to the UN (University ofRead More →

There is something about the end of winter that brings out the worst in people.  I don’t know if it is the cold or lack of sunlight.  Maybe it is the fact that you don’t get out to see as many people you would like to because the roads are bad.  It could just be that people are tired of plans being cancelled due to the many colds and flu.  Who knows?!! It is this time of year that is the hardest to blog.  It is really easy to go to the “dark” side and be mean.  I see actions every day that I couldRead More →

When you hear about “chemistry” what do you think?  Do you only think of chemistry as the affinity of two people together?  Or maybe you understand it is the “study of matter and the how and why substances combine or separate.”  Some folks see chemistry as a necessity to create great food. Food? Chemistry? What? Think about it…bread rises because of the reaction between leavening agents, cheese is made from proteins being broke down in milk by rennet and your burger tastes better due to the Maillard Reaction. If you’ve never heard of the Maillard Reaction, it is commonly known as browning when cooking.  (TechnicallyRead More →

Do you observe Lent?  I’m not even sure anymore which religions necessarily practice this custom.  I have a handful of friends of different denominations who give up “things” for lent.  I’ve heard about sacrifice of things like snacks, smoking and even their social media accounts.  (The irony is not lost on me that I read about it ON their social media account.) In some religions, it is to honor the sacrifices that were made for people and to heighten awareness in their faith.  (I could go into more detail but I’m sure I would say something wrong and get an email or hit by lightning.)Read More →

Comfort food.  We all have our own favorites.  The things that make us smile and fulfill our souls when we are the emptiest.  The thought of these dishes can erase the worries of a hard day.  They warm us from the inside out and our life wouldn’t be the same without them. I think when you are married for a longer period of time, you become like a comfort food to your spouse.  It may not be the most romantic way to phrase it but there is nothing people like more than comfort food and there is no one I like more than my husband.Read More →