bag of fruits and veggies

Two Great Ways to Enjoy Summer’s Bounty into Fall



“When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food, and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.” –“The Ant and the Grasshopper,” Aesop’s Fables


I can’t deny it any longer.

Summer is winding down.

Hard to believe August is nearly halfway done! Where did the summer go?Read More »

fruit salad bowl

Cauliflower Fruit Salad with Banana-Peach Balsamic Dressing

I’ve come to the conclusion that my kitchen appliances don’t like me.

At all.

In my green smoothie bowl post, I mentioned the wonky fridge. But there’s only so much wonky-ness you can take. One minute, stuff in the freezer is rock-hard and yogurt in the fridge is icy; the next minute we’re dumping out rotten, chunky milk and soupy ice cream.

Enough was enough. So we got a replacement, and all is well.

Sadly, though, the damage was already done. The super ripe bananas and peaches I had frozen—having undergone cycles of freezing and defrosting—were basically a mushy, unrecognizable mess, good for one thing . . .Read More »

chestnuts and artichoke

The Two New Foods I Tried (and What I Went Through to Eat Them)

“You are like a chestnut-burr, prickly outside, but silky-soft within, and a sweet kernel, if one can only get at it. Love will make you show your heart some day, and then the rough burr will fall off.” Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott



In the spirit of eating more new foods in 2016, chestnuts and artichokes are officially scratched off my “Never Tried” list. And let me tell you something about chestnuts and artichokes:Read More »

vintage-looking kitchen

10 Pantry Essentials I Can’t Live Without

“My first act before I went into the pantry was to fasten the door between the kitchen and the scullery. But the pantry was empty; every scrap of food had gone.” The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Hello, again!

How is 2016 going for you so far? Sticking to your resolutions?

For this post, I’m sharing with you the must-haves in my cupboards and pantry. With these ten pantry essentials, I’m ready to tackle any cooking or baking escapade that strikes my fancy.Read More »