Healthy Eating

Mulligatawny Soup with Apple/ Mango Salsa. It calms the soul in times of stress.

Mulligatawny Soup with condiments

Mulligatawny Soup with condiments

And so my favorite season started on September 23.  Well, my favorite season after the Christmas season.  But fall makes me happy.  I love the beauty of the changing colors, clouds in the sky, fires in the fireplace and sweaters.  Here in the Sierras, we also look forward to the rain.

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Pork: it’s what’s for supper…Pork Tenderloin Salad

Pork Loin Roast with Spinach and Mandarin Oranges Salad

Pork Loin Roast with Spinach and Mandarin Oranges Salad

“Lisa: I’m going to become a vegetarian

Homer:  Does that mean you’re not going to eat any pork?

Lisa: Yes.

Homer:  Bacon?

Lisa: Yes, dad.

Homer: Ham?

Lisa:  All those meats come from the same animal

Homer: Right, Lisa.  Some wonderful, magical animal.”

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A little sauciness from Yes!Chef!…barbecue basics

Homemade Barbecue Sauce with grilled chicken

Homemade Barbecue Sauce with grilled chicken

Barbecue!  That word conjures up summer and swimming and fresh fruit and veggies and meat cooking on the grill.

And…the age old argument about barbecue sauce.  Should it be sweet or tart?  Homemade or store bought?  Meat marinated in the sauce or used after the meat is cooked?  We are here to say, “Yes!” to all of the above.

Barbecue Sauciness

Barbecue Sauciness

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Cool as a (Stuffed) Cucumber…Blue Cheese Dip Stuffed Cucumbers

Blue Cheese Stuffed Cucumbers with Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes

Blue Cheese Stuffed Cucumbers with Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes

Appetizers for Low Carbers or Gluten Free-ers or just hungry people

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“That’s the way we roll” Shrimp Rolls

Easy Shrimp Rolls

Easy Shrimp Rolls

A family that we know very well visited the East Coast this last month.  They took lots of pictures of their trip which we enjoyed seeing on Facebook.  They did make a stop in Maine and began showing photos of lobster rolls.  I couldn’t get my mind off lobster rolls (especially after seeing so many pictures), so I thought we should make them with our own spin.

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Bring-Your-Own-Chair Easter Event or “I don’t normally like cauliflower, but I like this Cauliflower”

Marinated Barbecue Lamb with Mint Chimichuri Sauce and Cauliflower Gratin

Marinated Barbecue Lamb with Mint Chimichuri Sauce and Cauliflower Gratin

We are still waiting to move in to the Mid Century Modern home (affectionately known as The Money Pit) that we are remodeling.  The only items left are putting together the Easy Closet System  (looks complicated) and getting our brand new Induction Range working.  We haven’t even had a chance to use it yet (except once when we boiled water.)  And now it doesn’t work, even though the repairman has been there three times and plans on coming out this week.  Sigh.  If it’s not one thing, it’s another.  (If you want to read about our remodeling “adventures” you can find it here.)

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Sunny with a Chance of Thai Meatballs

Thai Meatballs With Tomatillo Chutney

Thai Meatballs With Tomatillo Chutney

Since Christmas, I have not written a new post.  This mostly stemmed from Yes!Chef! spending quite a bit of time out of town for his day job and so he really didn’t do much cooking.  This was a tragedy for me, because I had to cook for myself and the blog. Continue reading

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