Where do you live? Have you been enjoying a “normal” spring in your area? I am in the Midwest and spring is a rollercoaster of temperatures, weather events and emotions. For most of us “lifers,” we aren’t surprised when one day we have 80 degrees and the next week it snows. We get used to frost warnings the day after we plant our vegetable garden. Snow the day after we put away our shovels. And 40-degree temperatures drop the day after we put away our heavy sweaters. I normally don’t mind the cockamamie weather. (Mostly because it gives me an excuse to use “cockamamie” inRead More →

Are you ready for some football?  (Um, not really.)  Super Bowl XLVI will be played on February 5 in Indianapolis Indiana.  It should be a great game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots given the amazing season both teams had this year.  (Okay, I have no clue how their year went but I assume it was good since they made it to the Super Bowl!) Since I am a food blogger and not a sports blogger, I had to think of a way to make an interesting Super Bowl post today without sounding like a complete idiot.  (Or is it tooRead More →

Happy New Year!  Or as they say in China Happy New Year!  (I translated for you since most of my readers don’t speak Chinese).  It is my favorite of all Chinese holidays.  (Okay, I don’t know any of the other holidays.)  It is the year of the Dragon, the only legendary animal on the Chinese zodiac calendar.  It signifies that the year will be filled with strength, wealth and good luck.   The year of the dragon is considered the luckiest of all of the Chinese Zodiac Symbols.  (I’m a dog: Loyal and trustworthy) There is another celebration taking place today, my sister Cheryl’s birthday!  So asRead More →

A few years ago, I took a class on Thai cooking.  My main goal was to come out of the class with a masterful knowledge of Pad Thai, my favorite dish.  We don’t have anything close to Thai food in my small town and I really wanted to know how to satisfy my cravings. The other items on the class schedule were really of no interest to me especially the Tom Kha Gai (chicken galangal soup.) It is a coconut base soup.  I’m not a fan of coconut.  I think it was because Gilligan’s Island made it look very unappetizing to me.   (No offense, MaryRead More →

As much as I love to cook, I still have nights that it seems like a chore.  I don’t think it is the actually process of making the food that wears me out, it is the fact that I’ll have to clean it up when it’s done. I’ve tried to leave clean up until the next morning but that is bad scenario in itself.  The dishes are harder to clean and there is no joy in waking up to a mess.  I learned the hard way that fairies do not come into the house and clean your kitchen when you sleep.  Garden gnomes don’t doRead More →