Are you reading for some learnin’?  One of my many realizations in the past year was that I still need to make more steps forward in learning about other cuisines. I had this epiphany when watching Jeopardy and a food category came up.  I was sure I would get them all right but I didn’t….I only got one correct and it was the $200 Answer.  I was quite embarrassed with myself and so glad I wasn’t standing behind the podium.  (Because I will say that I mock those people who are in a vocation and then get the questions wrong in their vocation.) Just becauseRead More →

Hooray!  I survived Christmas….sort of.  I kind of did something this year that put a wrench in my life the last couple months….I got a puppy.  Her name is Scout and we brought her home a week before Thanksgiving when she was 9 weeks old. The big secret was that I had been courting her since she was 5 weeks.  I met a fantastic woman with beautiful dogs this summer.  I told her I “may” be interested in a puppy at some point.  Long story short, some point came a little faster than expected and I was asked if I wanted to adopt a sableRead More →

There is a ritual in NW Indiana.  It may not be limited to this area but it is definitely something I took notice of 19 years ago when I moved to the area.  I am not sure if I would consider it a good practice or something I look forward to but I know it is going to happen. It happens with a frenzied energy and it almost makes people have tunnel vision.  They can only see one thing….one goal…one purpose….getting to the grocery store before the first big snowstorm. Now this may sound a little dramatic but we live in the infamous snowbelt.  EveryRead More →

Do you have specific things that your mom said to you growing up that ring in your ears as part of your everyday life?  It can be little things like the way she said I love you or how she answered the phone.  It can be little affirmations that she would tell you all the time or even ways you were reprimanded.  (My mom is now reading this and feeling nervous as to what I’m about to say.)  On a daily basis, I get to hear my mom’s voice….part of it is because I call her all the time and the other part is thatRead More →

Tomorrow is Tuesday!!!!  Do you observe Taco Tuesday?  I write that like it is a religious holiday and to some it is one.  Simply, it is the weekly ritual of eating tacos on Tuesday.  (It would be cool if there was a little more than that like maybe doing a shred the cheese dance or a tortilla fling to the sky to thank the taco gods.) I think when the term was first coined, a fast food taco joint took credit for it and tried to own the name….and we all know Taco Tuesday can’t be owned!!! You can make your tacos at home andRead More →

When you are in a conversation and you misunderstand something, what is your reaction?  Do you just smile, nod and take a sip of your drink with the hopes that is enough to be considered part of the exchange?  Do you furrow your brow, smirk and think about other things?  Maybe you just widen your eyes, flare your nostrils and take a breath and tell them you have to go potty and then sneak into the bathroom and google it. Actually, when I’m talking in a group and something comes up that I don’t understand I think I do kind of an eye squint andRead More →

*Small edit….spell check had spelled “gochujang” wrong….I think I corrected it.  🙂 Every time I introduce a “new to me” ingredient” (like the gochujang in my last post) I get feedback. Some folks find the information very usual and can’t wait to try it on their own. (Gold Star!) There are folks who claim they can’t find the ingredient in their area. (But given how quickly they respond to the original post…I’m guessing that is an excuse not to try something new.) There are folks who think I have been living under rock because they have been using that “new” ingredient all their life. AndRead More →

Do you remember having a substitute teacher in school? Depending on the class, this imposter would come in and either be the coolest person in the world or a complete nightmare. They could be funny and laid back or be the kind who wants to quiz you on things you haven’t even learned again. Maybe no one can ever fill the shoes of your teacher so it doesn’t matter who subs in. I am kind of like that with food substitutions. I’m not talking about doing something easy like subbing ground turkey for ground beef or fettuccini for spaghetti. I’m talking about really out ofRead More →

Finally… feels like spring!!!!!!!! HOOOORAY!!!!! My chore list for outside is a mile long but I am putting my vegetable garden first. I had started seeds inside this year and will confess that it was a complete fail. My yield was in the single digits. Sigh. I don’t know if I planted the seeds too early, if it was too cold or maybe they just didn’t get enough tender loving care. Any which way, they are dead. DEAD AS A DOORNAIL!!!!!!! I think I ended up with more dirt in the dustpan than in my garden! I was pretty upset at first but that isRead More →

I spent most of the weekend getting my vegetable garden ready for planting. Silly cultivating things like picking weeds and moving dirt around. I started a lot of seeds inside this spring and hope that in the next few weeks they’ll be able to make their way off my kitchen table and into the side garden. As I worked in the yard, I did some other basic gardening things in the yard like splitting some plants….and picking more weeds. There was a moment as I was working I looked down at my hands and saw my mother’s hands in the dirt. It made me smileRead More →