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Seared sea scallops over mushroom and garlic scape risotto

Tonight’s dinner was the first in a long time that I’ve actually wanted to share ’round these parts. I needed a good blog break to refocus on what it is I want to share here.

Thinking all about food

State Fair sign advertising Fried Chicken Skin, Fried Cake Balls and more

I wrote this post in the spring during a bit of a cooking drought, but it seems I forgot to post it. In the spring, the reason I was posting so little (and cooking so little) was because I’d gone … Continued


Kirby makes a sassy pumpkin

Last year our Thanksgiving dinner went off without a hitch. I’d like to say it was five years of practice that made it so, but I can’t take all the credit for how things came together. My whole family all … Continued

“From Scratch”

Whole Wheat Molasses Pancakes from scratch, with sour cherry preserves

This summer has been a real adventure in cooking from scratch. I think that making something “from scratch” can sound intimidating to a lot of people. Before I really starting cooking at all, that term really scared me. I thought … Continued

Starting from scratch

Once you start making foods from scratch, it gets a little addictive. It’s amazing how many every day foods aren’t really that hard to make yourself. But even I have limits (or at least I thought I did). I was … Continued

My new favorite herb: Anise leaves

A pile of fresh picked anise leaves and flowers

We’ve been stopping by a community garden in our neighborhood doing a bit of weeding and pruning this summer. When we went a few weeks ago, we saw these tall bushes of what looked like dill and smelled like licorice. … Continued