these summer flavors seem to always lift my spirits and make me feel like it’s not a dang monday. can you even see the watermelon in there? i got a little carried away with the toppings. i bought that gorgeous orange and yellow-fleshed watermelon, and, although i miss the classic watermelon red color, this one is mild and absolutely lovely. the cucumber came from the … Continue reading summer salad platter.
i just found out this morning that a friend of mine passed away. he was my age, a fantastic singer, a loving high school music teacher, a father, a husband, and a wonderful light to so many people. actually, he was a light to everyone he came in contact with. it’s interesting how we all deal with this kind of tragedy differently. for me, it … Continue reading grief.
i know, i know ~ i’m clearly on an italian binge. not an “italian men” binge! let me just clarify!!! but listen, today’s lunch was so yummy that i just HAD to post it. you have to understand that i need to post these amazing meals just for me. i need to remember what to make when i’m dying for comfort food, or happy food, … Continue reading zucchini “zoodles” two ways.
i cannot get enough of the antipasti lifestyle this summer. man ~ italians are BRILLIANT. i put out this spread in just a matter of minutes, and we celebrated the beauty of dining al fresco ~ which means, “with bugs”. ha ha ha. but seriously ~ is this not the most lovely little platter? here’s the low-down on this antipasti platter of goodness… there’s a … Continue reading antipasti greatness.
buona sera, amici!!! we’re back from italy, and once again, my passion for italian food has been ignited! not hard to do. but here’s the truth ~ no matter how AMAZING that fresh, incredible pasta is, i cannot eat it for every meal. my body doesn’t want me eating it at all! as my friend steve says, “I’VE BEEN GLUTENED!!!” i came back with a … Continue reading easy italian salad.
say it with me ~ CHI. MEEEEE. CHURRRRR. EEEEE!!! is there any yummier word in the world? have you had chimichurri sauce? if you haven’t, get your blender out and make this sauce tonight! arrrrrriba!!! i made this sauce yesterday and it was a vibrant, beautiful green color. it’s a little dull today, but here’s a pic anyway… num num nummmmm…. here’s how to do … Continue reading chimichurri sauce.
this is the only spice mix you need this summer. the only one! it’s a great rub or marinade for your grilled meats and shrimp. it’s amazing sprinkled on eggs. add it to butter and slather it all over your grilled corn this summer, and oh my my. nothing dull about it. it’s so so good. i stole it from this amazing cook on the … Continue reading african spice rub.
it’s confession time. i’m ready to make a change and i feel like sharing it with you all… i’ve been on this roller coaster ride of trying new diets, new workouts, eliminations, cleanses, and detoxes ~ for who knows how long now. it’s not really a yo-yo dieter situation, because i basically have not lost one single pound during any of it. okay, well maybe … Continue reading diet shut-down.
y’all ~ i just discovered the easiest, most fool-proof way to make poached eggs! i wasn’t even out of bed yet, messing around on some cooking website, and there it was… poached eggs from FROZEN EGGS!!!! “what the…are you kidding me? no way…” i had to try it. so i took my last two farm-fresh eggs (thanks to my friends kate and anna, and their … Continue reading easy poached eggs ~ WUT?
last sunday morning i stayed home from church and had a little church of my own ~ in my other sanctuary ~ my kitchen. and just like a good sermon, we lived on that food all week long. yesterday, thursday, we just finished it all. it was such a healthy, easy week! if i could truly discipline myself to do that every week, i would … Continue reading sunday fridge clean-out.