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Boiling it down–Tips for making chicken stock Boiling it down–Tips for making chicken stock

A glorious blue morning*. The greyish-blue hue on the white blinds pulled me outside with camera in hand to capture this photo. Back in the kitchen, still wearing my PJ, I poured myself a cup of coffee and then filled a pot with water, enough to cover some chicken bones, leftovers from last night’s roasted […]

The last summer cake Pluot Polenta Upside Down Cake

Last week I went grocery shopping. (How exciting is that?) I stopped by the plastic bags dispenser and grabbed two handful of bags, anticipating to fill up my cart with a bounty of fruits. To my surprise, there were no peaches, no nectarines, no plums, no pluots, no… no summer fruits in sight—No summer fruits! […]

Mint ice cream and the search for inspiration Mint ice cream and the search for inspiration

In my previous post, an interview with Shauna, Gluten-free girl, I asked her where does she find her food inspiration, because they seem to be making all kinds of cool foods over there at her place… It makes me feel like such a bore. Shauna replied with a few names of people she knows and […]

The slugs, the beer, and the squirrel: Part 2 The slugs, the beer, and the squirrel: Part 2

No, no beer-braised squirrel in that pasta dish. Don’t worry. I told you about my snail, beer, and a beer stealing squirrel problem. And I have received some advice. Thanks! Crystal commented that what I have are slugs and not snails and suggested “A tried and true method I have used to make a beer […]

Walnut-basil pesto Walnut-basil pesto

“… I did it myyyyyy waaaaay….” (And so did Sid. Proceed with caution.) Ok, I know what you’re thinking – or do I? – I’m not going to tell you anything you haven’t heard before. But maybe I will? It’s pesto. We’ve heard of and seen it a million times before. So what else is […]

A blink and they’re gone Roasted nectarines with ice cream and white chocolate

You have probably noticed it too. Deep in your heart, you know it’s about to happen. But maybe you don’t like to say it out loud, just like me. And if you blink, they will be gone. Summer fruits. That’s it. Finished. Over. All done ‘till next year! A few more sunny days and any […]

Israeli couscous with fresh veggies salad and… little thieves Israeli couscous with fresh veggies salad and… little thieves

An innocent and unsuspecting salad… but then… a little hand… Who could it be?

Summer crazies Summer crazies

Oh, what a summer it has been. Quite stormy, I’d say. If you have been following my family stories, you know what I’m talking about… My father passed away 3 weeks ago after months of being very sick. I can’t still digest this fact and the only time I have to think about it is […]

Summer, food, choices Summer, food, choices

Things I love about summer… Dedicated to my friend Keren, the Frantic Foodie who is trying to do it all (she is getting SO much done! Amazing.) and all the mothers out there. I love you, Moms! taking a nap… curly hair… (OK, it has nothing to do with summer) water and everything in it […]

Sweet summer heirloom tomatoes soup Sweet summer heirloom tomatoes soup

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we?! Summer. Tomato = Fruit. “Heirloom tomatoes” is the password. Make those ripe, even overripe ones. Go to the farmers market or a farm stand, ask about the hidden box containing very ripe and juicy heirloom tomatoes for only $2 or so per pound. Double sweet deal! Just like […]

Happy birthday blog! Summer Berry Cheesecake

Each year, a few days before my birthday I start getting all excited and nervous, like a little girl, wanting to know what kind of surprises and presents are waiting for me (if any, I worry). I start nagging and trying to get any clue I can out of my husband and son. But they […]

banana nut bread, the best ever banana nut bread, the best ever

“Where is the photo of the banana bread?”, you might ask. And who is this person in the photo? (Photo was taken by my cousin). I told you in my recent “a happy place” post that my father gave me an envelope with letters from my childhood years. I read them but will need to […]

food blogs that inspire & home-made lettuce food blogs that inspire & home-made lettuce

“Eating greens is a special treat. It makes looong ears and great big feet”. Oh, I have waited such a long time to post that! D’you know who said that? (The answer at bottom of the post). When you grow your own lettuce you have no choice but eat your greens. And fast. Only 1 […]

Salmon in Seattle or Copper River salmon, two ways Grilled salmon with fresh herbs and zests

At first, I didn’t want to title the post“Salmon in Seattle”… but then I just couldn’t resist. Salmon is a big deal in Seattle and there’s a lot of anticipation before the beginning of Copper River salmon season. But I have already mentioned that before so no need to go into it again, right? (If […]

Cooking from the hip Chicken Schnitzel

How does your cooking for dinner routine look like? Are you cooking something quickly at home? Do you stop by the drive-thru? Are you being creative and playing with the food or are you stuck in a rut (like me, lately)? Are you cooking by yourself or maybe with your kids? Or are you one […]

Hunger Action Week – Days 3-4-5 Pear Clafouti

So what else happened during days 3-5? My husband, L., is sure a happy camper this week… taking home-made food to work. I rarely cook lunch or breakfast. Our breakfasts are simple, mainly some bread, cheese, yogurt, fruit. If we have leftovers from last night’s dinner whoever wants them can have them for lunch. On […]

Departures and Peas and tarragon soup Peas and tarragon soup

Spring break. Two words that shouldn’t be paired together, I think. But schools are closed and my husband and son left for a week and flew to visit family and relatives living out of state. It was me and baby at home. I really didn’t like being apart. In fact, I hated it. But, I find […]

Grilling in the Dark Marinated Lamb Kebabs with Cilantro and Honey

It’s winter. Well, you know it. But this one seems to be not just any winter, but a looooong winterrrrrrrr. And I love grilled meat! And I can’t wait ‘till the global colding that’s been going on here in the past few weeks will end. Snow in March? Com’on… I have already done some“ grilling […]

French Onion Quiche French Onion Quiche

Let’s talk about quiche. Every now and then I like to have a good quiche and eat it too. Of course. But not just any quiche. Not one with a soggy bottom, ahem ehhm, or one that is waaay too rich and makes you feel so stuffed and guilty after eating it, or one that…. […]

Home-Made Cinnamon Ice Cream Home-Made Cinnamon Ice Cream

I love that when I bake a cake at home the aroma of the cake can be smelled from the garage when someone comes home. It can be smelled even from the street. Imagine this – an aroma of freshly baked cakes coming out of each house on your street. Wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful? […]

Holiday (or Birthday) Party Food – Appetizers Holiday (or Birthday) Party Food – Appetizers

Holidays season means… party time, and if you’re lucky, then it’s parties. Here are a few ideas to make your party stress free. What you see in the pictures is what I served for my birthday party in August. That was outside in the backyard… But, regardless of the weather, all the ingredients I used […]

Love-ly Heirloom tomatoes salad Love-ly Heirloom tomatoes salad

Eating heirloom tomatoes is a summer must-do thing. It is a real treat. I saw heirloom tomatoes at the grocery store this week. They were $5.99/lb. (Yep. Ouch.). But today we went to a farm that is located 15 minutes drive from our house – how cool is that?! – for $3.99/lb. Lesson learned: shopping […]

How to spend more time with your kids AND have a daily home-made meal How to spend more time with your kids AND have a daily home-made meal

Since becoming  a mom, my priorities have changed. Family and kids come first, food second. In the summer I much rather spend time outdoors and play or watch them play. Dinner still needs to be at the table at a reasonalble time though. So, I how do I do it? It all starts with having […]