I have a confession. So far, this year has not been one of my favorites….maybe you could tell because I haven’t been writing as much.  It started off on a couple of really hard notes that made the winter end with a snowstorm of emotion. The spring was consumed with dog training and my days were reigned with the challenges of raising a purebred German Shepherd puppy aka Scout aka Princess Underfoot aka Sweet Baby aka Pretty Girl.  (They should come with a warning label!)  She is adorable but German Shepherds apparently aren’t a breed…they are a lifestyle. As summer started, I had glimpses sun peekingRead More →

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 →

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 a favorite meal?  That go to dish that makes you happy every time you eat it?  It could be a recipe that you follow to the teaspoon or something you wing without a second thought. It is your “thing” to eat whenever you are trying to figure out a menu plan for the week. For me that meal has become my rice bowls.  They are simple, filling and delicious.  I probably make them every other week just because these bowls are a great way to use up produce at the end of the week.  They are also great because you can varyRead More →

Have you tried any new foods lately?  Not just tried them but learned a way to like them?  Do you do it willingly or is there some hesitation?  Will you taste it multiple times to see if you truly like it or are you a one bite and done? Even in all my food adventures, I sometimes get my picky girl face on when it comes to something different.  Even before it hits my mouth, I start with a forehead wrinkle and a very straight face.  I take a bite with uncertainty and hope I like it. The bad thing is that I think weRead More →

  I like to twirl…..and twirl….and twirl.  Do you twirl? I can walk in my yard and just start to spin.  My arms spread out and my head tilted back.  I spin for only a moment, just enough to get my hair flying and feel a gush of wind on my face. It is an amazing feeling of freedom and lightheartedness that usually is reserved for little kids. It is that sense of not having a care in the world.  You are immune to everything.  It is uninhibited and it is fabulous!!! I think that is why I like to use the word twirl whenRead More →

I don’t want to say that this winter was long but I ran out of my homegrown, canned tomatoes. (I was trying to think of a joke about long winters but there was nothing funny about this year!) My go-to canned tomato is Red Gold. I like the texture and the various flavors of their product. It is simple as that! Speaking of simple (ahhhh, I haven’t had an obvious segue way for a long time), Red Gold has come up with an almost foolproof method of zazzing up your spring and summer dips, spreads and sauces….aioli. No…they didn’t invent aioli…the French get credit forRead More →