Cauliflower Au Gratin with Smoked Gouda

 Cauliflower Au Gratin with Smoked Gouda

I don’t know about you, but I have never been a cauliflower fan. With cauliflower being one of the “it” foods now, I have been thinking that perhaps I should reassess my standing. After due consideration and tasting assessments, Continue Reading

Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

Fried apples are like the essence of apple pie, except somehow better.  Butter, white and brown sugar and the natural sugars from the apples caramelize as the apples cook. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are the perfect spices to round out the flavors.

Fried Apples--Cracker Barrel Copycat

Barrel
Crate and barrel
Cracker barrel
Barrel of monkeys
Barrel of fun
Barrel of laughs
Barrel along
Over a barrel
Barrel over
Bottom of the barrel
Lock, stock and barrel
Barrel of oil
Wine barrel
Pork barrel
Gun barrel
Salt barrel
Barrel roll
Scrape the barrel
With both barrels
Sound as a barrel
Barrel racing
Barrel chest
In the barrel

Do you ever do word plays like the one above? I really enjoy them. Whenever I start one of these tangents, I think of Hawkeye Pierce’s rant using Continue Reading

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pomegranate Molasses

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Pomegranate Molasses

A True Story

When my kids were little my husband used to travel out of town a lot. I was fine during the daytime, but after sunset I would begin to get uneasy. It seemed perfectly logical to me that all of the local violent criminals would somehow know that I was home alone and would, consequently, break into my house and do their dastardly deeds.

One night, when I was about 7 months pregnant with baby #3 and had finally drifted off to sleep, I heard a thudding noise from downstairs, as if someone had tripped and fallen to their knees. My eyes flew open wide and I reflexively clutched the covers tightly to my chin. As I laid frozen in bed, I listened for more sounds. Fear caused me to question every sound that I heard. Was that someone taking a step or was it just a normal “house settling” noise?Continue Reading

Balsamic Green Beans

Balsamic Green Beans

We are extremely traditional at my house with our Thanksgiving meal. There has been very little room for variance from the menu that we have had for the past 30 years. The only two things that we did decide to change was 1) the stuffing/dressing and 2) how we prepared the turkey.

We went from a traditional sage stuffing to Sourdough Artichoke Parmesan Stuffing. That one is now absolutely cemented as our official Thanksgiving stuffing.

As for the turkey, other than the fact that we absolutely, positively must have turkey on Thanksgiving, there have been a number of changes over the years. We have spent a lot of time chasing after whatever the next best turkey prep method may be. It has ranged from Continue Reading

Roasted Butternut Squash, Onions, and Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Roasted Butternut Squash, Onions, and Red Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

Something magical happens when vegetables get roasted in the oven. It’s as if the cooking fairy comes around, waves her little carrot wand, and turns common vegetables into food gold.

Food gold. That reminds me of something that I learned in nursing school–gold, or rather gold salts, are sometimes used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Gold salts reduce inflammation, which is the destructive force behind rheumatoid arthritis and some other autoimmune diseases. I suppose that gold salts could be true “food gold”. Just an interesting side note for you to share with someone during one of those uncomfortable lags in conversation. You could start out with something like, “Hey, how about those gold salts for rheumatoid arthritis!”Continue Reading