Do you think about cucumbers? Do you always have one in your fridge?  Do you buy one every week?  Do you name them? (Wait….we aren’t talking about people who really LOVE cucumbers.) I adore cucumbers especially on hot days.  There is something about the crispness and the feel of their crunch that make me feel like I am having a treat.  I can sit and crunch on them at snacktime and feel like I am getting away with something. (I don’t do many things wrong so eating a plate of cucumbers make me feel dangerous!) They have become my go-to at lunchtime because I can pairRead More →

One of my favorite parts of summer is also one of my most dreaded parts of the summer.  It isn’t the fact that we finally have beautiful sunshine and yet the afternoons are too steamy to go out.  It isn’t the fact that our scenery in NW Indiana looks so amazing that our roads get packed with the tourists all trying to see it.  It isn’t even the reality that the cool nights get spoiled by the sting of mosquitos. It is really simple….it is pasta salad.  I LOOOOOOVEEEEEE pasta salad.  I mean it is pasta (WIN) and it is considered a salad.  (Okay, notRead More →

I’m not sure where most of my readers live but this week has shown to be one of the most beautiful weeks here in NW Indiana.  It is the magical kind of weather where it is cool enough to wear a sweatshirt but warm enough to toss on shorts.  It is sunny enough that you might want to toss on a hat so you don’t freckle but it isn’t so bright that you can’t see the blooming flowers in front of you.  It is kind of spring I expected a couple months ago not at the beginning of June. It makes me happy. The onlyRead More →

Is it worth it?  Do you ever think that? Eat another piece of cake? Is it worth the calories? (YES….it is cake….life is short.) Go to the fancy restaurant? Is it worth the extra money to eat off little plates decorated like pieces of artwork? (YES….because usually pretty food is delicious food.) Eat the spring asparagus? Is it worth your pee smelly funky for a day?  (YES…I went there and I’ll tell you why……) I guess this might be one of my most unappetizing blogs (and if you don’t want to read it…I understand so you can scroll straight to the recipe below) but let’s face it,  ifRead More →

What does television mean to you?  Are you one of those people who has favorite programs?  Can you watch a series over and over again because you enjoy the characters so much? I probably have watched more than my fair share of TV but in my mind….I didn’t just watch….I was part of the cast. I ran across the prairie with Laura Ingalls.   I said good-night to John Boy each week on the Waltons.  I shook a tambourine with Partridge Family Band.  I was one of the Brady kids. I waited in line for the bathroom with the 8 Bradford siblings. The Cunninghams always welcomed meRead More →

What do you think of eggs? Are they a go-to morning food or do you eat them anytime of the day?  Are you only a scrambled person or do you change it up based upon your mood? Do you look at a meal and think it would be better with an egg on top or is your meal based around the egg? I love the versatility of eggs.  Poking a perfectly poached egg and watching the yolk burst out gives me the chills, the crispy edges of an oil fried egg makes me tingle and the bright yellow yolk of a flawless hard-boiled egg makes me feelRead More →

One of the best things about blogging about food is that there are opportunities to learn around every corner.  It doesn’t always have to be about food, it can also give you an experience to learn a little bit about yourself by meeting legends in the industry. On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, I was invited to join Olives from Spain  for an intimate reception hosted by…..wait for it….José Andrés!!!!!! “Named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People,” awarded “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.” ThereRead More →

  When does a saying turn into a cliché?  I never realized that “clichés” were frowned upon.  I have a bone to pick with the people who are on the anti-cliché wagon. I thought there was no time like the present to publicly support these taboo sayings.  It actually makes me feel like I have a bee in my bonnet when I read all the banter about how clichés show a lack of creativity in a person’s writing.  (And yes, I am using clichés on purpose in this blog.) I don’t want to beat a dead horse but I lean toward a cliché in myRead More →

Do you ever eat something and then become obsessed?  Maybe you go eat it multiple times.  Maybe you use the google to find out recipes or restaurants that you can find it at.  Maybe you dream about it and wake up with your pillow in your mouth.  (My husband wakes up that way sometimes…..but it is because I try to smother him in his sleep…wait…I shouldn’t admit to that…this isn’t admissible…is it?  It is a blog…there is no truth in blogs…remember that, Judge…I mean, readers.) I’ve had a couple of things that I’m obsessed with but know I can’t write about them EVERY week.  (IRead More →

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 →