Art of Canning

My dear friend Renee came over the other day ~ We made a lovely Spiced Plum-Pear Butter, laced with vanilla bean and a Vanilla Strawberry Jam ~ oh, my! For any of you that are interested in trying these or any other canning recipe, I’ve added a couple of links to help with any questions….

Gangnam Style

          Toren and I had a great night last night ~ playing the piano together, singing and dancing.  I tried teaching him the Tango, which ended badly for both of our knees (the kid has legs like a colt!)!  And we both hilariously got taken in by Psy and his Gangnam…

Gluten Free-Baby Cake!

A lot of people are going gluten free… whether self-imposed or by doctor’s orders.  I thank my lucky stars I can still use the unbleached whole wheat flours ~ but every once in a while I come across a yummy recipe using almond or coconut flour (two flours I use a lot) ~ This is…

The Perils of Pedaling

I love riding my bike ~ being on my bike makes it seem as though I am gliding along the bike path in Pacific Grove and Monterey ~ it’s gentle curves embrace the ocean…ok, not really, I am in Texas. ” ‘nough sed”  I may not be going to the boardwalk to get chowder in…

food quotes and other anecdotes ~

  One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating. ~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. —-Virginia Woolf Cooking is like love. It should be…

Hussar’s Pickled Beans

    Ok folks ~ my dear friends Jeff and Sharon shared this phenomenal pickled green bean recipe with me several years ago… Seeing how its the canning and “putting up” time of year, thought I’d make them for you and share.  They are crisp, slightly spicy and seasoned just so with the cloves of…

Wise

Unless you get a multi-million dollar contract from TLC or Discovery, do not create DRAMA in your life ~ live well, choose wisely. wise words from Valerie Lombardo

Swedish Coffee Loaf

Today was all about baking ~ I have croissant dough in the fridge ready to work (again), this time with chocolate, I made up a batch of sugar cookie dough with fresh ground nutmeg (smells like a doughnut shop when baking!), sandwich rolls (see prior post), and the lovely thing cooling on the counter and…

September 11 ~ today and always

I know this is primarily a food blog ~ but lately, food for thought is on the menu… I am sharing part of an email I received from my husband, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan. Hope you enjoy his words ~ for they are heartfelt.  May they feed your soul. Pass it on ~…

Hatch Green Chile

Growing up in New Mexico, I took this lovely green gem for granted ~ living elsewhere has taught me to value it. You know it is Hatch season, when all the local grocers and markets, even road-side vendors start bringing out the big barrel roasters.  There’s nothing like the smell of roasting Hatch chile on…

Citizen Soldiers

I am so proud of my husband, Lt Colonel Tony Lombardo… the following is something he wrote in honor of Flag Day ~ even though it isn’t Flag Day, I raise the flag in his honor, in honor of the selflessness of the soldiers (ARMY, NAVY, MARINES, AIR FORCE) serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, and…