Let’s make something with Rose Water!

I love using new ingredients! A few months ago my friend Sandy gave me a bottle of rose water for my birthday.  Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water.  Its flavor is used quite a bit in Persian cuisine.  Rose water is also used in cosmetics and has medicinal uses as well. Read more

Best Tomato Soup

This week’s posts are all about soups! Tomato soup may seem like a basic soup but I promise you this take on tomato soup is not basic at all.  When I made this soup I was fully expecting to only serve it and not actually have a bowl.  But when I tasted it I changedRead more

Another Stock

  I hate wasting food. I always have a large Ziploc back in my freezer to hold vegetable scraps and vegetables which are about to go bad in my fridge.  Once my Ziploc is full I make vegetable stock, see my recipe here.  Recently I had a bunch of recipes for mushrooms, and I findRead more

Mushrooms

Mushrooms. They are an ingredient that I have never really liked.  Well I like sauces and such made with mushrooms, but actually eating a mushroom is not my thing.  So when I opened the next cookbook in line, I was surprised I had actually tagged a recipe which featured mushrooms.  But in the quest toRead more

Make Stocks this Weekend!!

Now that summer’s over 🙁 it’s time to start thinking about soups.  A few years ago I stopped buying packaged broths and instead decided to make my own, which is WAY healthier.  The first few times I made stocks I thought it was a total pain, I did not see how I could or wouldRead more

Chasing Summer

Summer is my favorite season.  Mostly because I REALLY don’t like winter.  I hate the cold, I hate the long dark days.  Summer is so much cheerier and fun.  Especially having a yard with a pool makes summertime that much more enjoyable.  So with summer this year wrapping up I decided to make a very summeryRead more

Easy Panini

I really enjoy those long, several day process recipes. I look forward to spending that time in my kitchen and after working on something for days and days to finally taste the result.  Oddly equally also really like those quick and easy recipes.  The ones that you can throw together in minutes.  This next recipe isRead more

Tomato Time

I am not a tomato person. I have never liked tomatoes, which includes tomato sauce (even on pizza) and ketchup.  But in my wanting to grow my knowledge in all things culinary I decided to make something very tomatoey – gazpacho! 

Remember when we saw Gin Blossoms?

“Remember when we saw Gin Blossoms,” my cousin Rachel said as we were walking back to my house from Windsor’s Fork & Cork Festival, literally minutes after watching Gin Blossoms preform.  A few weekends ago my cousin Rachel and her husband Kenny came to visit from Chicago.  We had a short amount of time butRead more

Easy Healthy Transportable Lunch

Brown rice is something I really have never cared for.  It always seems gritty to me.  And it takes a lot longer to cook than white rice.  But it’s said to be the healthier better choice.  If you haven’t guessed it the next recipe features brown rice…and I have to say it kind of made meRead more

More Vegan

done pile!

Yes, I own more than one vegan cookbook.  If you read my last post  you will know that I find my Thug Kitchen cookbook to be hilarious as well as actually have some good vegan recipes.  So when Thug Kitchen came out with a “party” cookbook, for social mofo’s as they say, I immediately putRead more

Simple Simple

done!

As many already know I am a big believer in easy weeknight dinners.  I don’t want to have to prep a ton of ingredients and spend a lot of time actively cooking after getting home from work.  This next recipe delivered on that, which was much appreciated because after work with Matt out of townRead more

Cooking on Vaca!

grande bucket of beer on the beach!

Matt and I just spent a lovely 9 days in Mexico.  We go to Puerto Vallarta each winter.  I started going around 15 years ago with my mom and some friends of my mom (which are now my friends too :).  Eventually our annual trip grew to included Matt and last year we also brought Matt’sRead more