the holy cheesesteak, and a year of blogging 4

the holy cheesesteak, and a year of blogging
Annoying renewal emails from my domain registrar have reminded me that somehow a year has already passed since I started this blog. Last November, I was in one of those slumps where you get cabin fever, except in your life — didn’t like the job I had to stick with then, didn’t like how I...

apple butter 1

apple butter
This post could also be called “Applesauce Part II: if you forgot to ever stop cooking your applesauce.” There are definitely more involved ways to cook apple butter, but it really just boils down (ha) to applesauce cooked for a really long time. You can add spices and sugar and vanilla and cider and all...

applesauce 10

applesauce
I think that if it weren’t for tomatoes and applesauce, all of us who were formerly “preserving-challenged” would never have given it a real attempt. I mean, jams and jellies are great to eat, but it’s a lot of work (although definitely worth it) for something that only impresses your friends once and you can get for...

potato, egg & kale skillet 4

potato, egg & kale skillet
Mostly photos today, because this is a simple recipe you can make in one pan. We had it the other night, which was one of those “too tired to cook but tired of eating leftovers” nights. This skillet fit the bill perfectly — warm, roasted flavors; nice, hearty ingredients; quick and delicious. Kale is probably...

ask the readers #4 – menus for those busy weeks 8

ask the readers #4 – menus for those busy weeks
Hi, friends. Every once in awhile when I’m curious about something, I remember that there are a whole bunch of interesting people reading the blog who probably know more than me about many things. So I take to the internet with my curiosity, and see what people have to say. I’ve gotten some neat answers...

TFD’s 3

TFD's
TFD’s or “Tin Foil Dinners” were a weekly event for Rachel and I when we were camp counselors at the best camp ever. Technically, the name is inaccurate, since they’re cooked in aluminum foil rather than tin, but you can forgive the misnomer because they’re delicious. They’re especially delicious when you’ve walked 10 kids through...

cornbread & kale-stuffed bell peppers 3

cornbread & kale-stuffed bell peppers
As a big fan of stuffed peppers, I knew it would only be a matter of time before I came back to them as a concept. We really enjoyed making ricotta-stuffed peppers in the past, and thought that our little cornbread-stuffed jalapeños worked great as an appetizer. So last night when I was cooking dinner...

foodies in the wild: crustacean decimation

foodies in the wild: crustacean decimation
Whenever I can, I like to highlight foodies who are using their love/skills/appreciation of good food to impact their community in a fun, interesting or positive way. Part of the reason I do this blog is to celebrate the important role that food has in our lives (whether we realize it or not), and how...