Calling all Cha…

Calling all Character[s into question] “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ― Maya Angelou My cooking camarade and friend extraordinaire, Renee Thomas, once shared a children’s poem on her Facebook page… The Crayon Box That Talked.  What a beautiful message this collection…

Not your Momma’s meatloaf…

Originally posted on delectablediction:
A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin In my family, we are pretty evenly split, as far as who is on the meatloaf love-band wagon, and those who cringe, gag and basically run at the mere…

green is the new orange…

Hey, if a tv show can do it (Orange is the New Black – a Netflix Original series), so can I!  This, however, is not another episode of Piper Kerman’s memoir-turned-tv-show, but a tribute to an island. Okinawa, that is. I visited the local fruit market yesterday, and walked away with way too much for…

Specially Processed American Meats

DISCLAIMER:  I am either going to lose a few readers or gain a few readers with this post. Please don’t judge too harshly🙂 Some of you may know that I DO NOT eat processed foods – do not, will not, eat from a can (seemed Seuss-worthy)! On any given day, my pantry may hold canned tomatoes,…

Œufs cocotte a la provençale 

Œufs Cocotte, baked or shirred eggs are so simple and versatile, you can pretty much satisfy everyone’s taste in one pan! How often can you say you made 12 different breakfasts in one humble muffin tin?!? We are gearing up for Tropical Storm Chaba here on the island, so I’m trying to plan as though…

Trenchard Square

Our first wonderful neighbors in Trenchard Square were the N’s. Mr. N was T’s boss…(WHAT?? You lived next door to your boss?? Yeah, we got that a lot.) And Mrs. N was my mentor.  It wasn’t awkward, AT ALL! In fact, all the fabulous qualities you hope for in a good neighbor (not to sound…

Smitten Kitchen 

This is what my blog wants to be when it grows up!! Enjoy this wonderful little sunken apple-honey cake from smitten kitchen. sunken apple and honey cake  

Fresh Ricotta 

This easy homemade cheese is wonderful any time of day. For a sumptuous start to your day, serve it with honey and kosher salt on grilled crusty bread; for a simple snack, drizzle olive oil over a large dollop of ricotta, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes and kosher salt and serve with crusty bread…

Truffle Brownies

    These incredible delights are so rich, you only need to serve a 1 x 1 inch square… dressed up with some whipped bourbon cream with vanilla bean and strawberries, you’ve got a lovely dessert. v 1 1/4 c butter 3/4 c Dutch cocoa 6 oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped 2 T water…

Pizza in Japan!

It’s been awhile since I have posted. I am motivated now, and have some exciting things for you!  We’ll be firing up the pizza oven today – can you believe we can’t find firewood in Okinawa? Not that anyone wants to build a fire when it’s 117 with the heat index – but, come on!…