happiness is a warm muffin.

it’s rainy and gross out.  and i don’t have to be a real person until 3:30!!!  so i emptied my fridge and am cooking and baking until i’ve made something great out of it all. so far, so good!  banana-date-walnut muffins, anyone? i think i’ll take them to church choir tonight. this is a gwyneth paltrow recipe, from her amazing book, IT’S ALL GOOD.  and is … Continue reading happiness is a warm muffin.

fresh apple mock-tini

or MARTINI, if you’d like!  i’ve tried this fall delight both ways, and i love it. FRESH APPLE MOCK-TINI here’s what you need: apple cider simple syrup (i used the cinnamon/vanilla/brown sugar infused simple syrup from my MOCKTAILS post) (add vodka or rum, if you’re going for a “leaded” drink!) shake with ice until very cold, and pour into a martini glass.  top with a … Continue reading fresh apple mock-tini

butternut squash and black bean tacos.

this is really filling, really good, and really healthy.  a triple threat… BUTTERNUT SQUASH/BLACK BEAN TACOS CUT UP A BUTTERNUT SQUASH INTO SMALL CUBES, TOSS THEM IN OLIVE OIL, AND THROW INTO A FRYING PAN.  BROWN, TURN OCCASIONALLY, AND ADD THE FOLLOWING SPICES:  SALT, PEPPER, GARLIC, CHILI POWDER, CUMIN, AND A TOUCH OF CINNAMON.  COOK TILL YOU GET SOME COLOR, AND COVER WITH A LID … Continue reading butternut squash and black bean tacos.

THEEEEEE best chicken noodle soup EVER.

does the title sound egotistical?  i’m just merely stating a fact.  besides, i only found the recipe ~ i didn’t invent it.  and i did add a few special touches, but really, it was perfect to begin with.  one bite of this soup, and you will feel better in every way. CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP 6 CUPS CHICKEN STOCK (OR USE THAT BETTER THAN BOUILLON STUFF … Continue reading THEEEEEE best chicken noodle soup EVER.

challenge: MOCKTAILS.

i have two lovely women in my life who are expecting.  congratulations, ladies!  and probably a few others who might not be “drinkers”, so to speak.  i, myself, have cut way back on the sauce. so i have been inspired lately to do a little mocktail test kitchen. these are just ideas that, i hope, will spark your creativity. i think the answer is to … Continue reading challenge: MOCKTAILS.

eggplant involtini.

i made this eggplant involtini when the hub’s boss came over for dinner, and i thought it was the best thing i’d had in a long time.  this is from the cookbook, “under the tuscan sun”, by frances mayes.  i only tweaked the recipe slightly… EGGPLANT INVOLTINI here’s the concept, which could be the inspiration for a lot of different variations: THINLY SLICED EGGPLANT, BRUSHED … Continue reading eggplant involtini.