Chap Chae… A Korean Delight

This year has been an event-FULL year for our family.  Tony came home from his far, far away place; M is still creating some beautiful, functional pottery and continues her education at UNM; A graduated college, then commissioned into the USAF, THEN married wonderful A;  T graduated high school and committed to joining the USAF in a…

the south is gonna rise again…

There is something sweet and very humbling to hear, “oh, my! that is better than momma’s!” ~ while very kind, I know this cannot be true ~ for it is the love of that momma that made the pie taste a little sweeter, the dumplings a little fluffier and those biscuits, light as air… Here’s…

val’s roasted chicken salad

                                  “chicken delight” by artist Peg Franken         This isn’t your typical “chicken salad”… you aren’t drowning it in a mayo base binder ~ it isn’t laden with jarred sweet pickles or relish ~ this chicken…

Chicken & Cake ~ as promised!

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.  Buddha There have been some rumors flying around the last 10 years or so… they’ve included scathing remarks like, “…like Martha Stewart…”, and, “…do anything ~ I saw her changing a flat…

Buon Compleano ~ Mexico

              Last night we celebrated my husband’s birthday (and Dad’s, though he was in New Mexico)… I know the date was 13 de Noviembre, but the festive feel and the menu made it seem like cinco de Mayo! The margaritas were made with fresh lime, simple syrup and the tequila…

Demolish me ~

Uno non può pensare bene, amare bene, dormire bene, se non ha mangiato bene. Mrs D has asked for my assistance translating another FANTASTIC recipe!  Wow ~ what a flavor explosion! The only thing I did differently, was add 1/4 c of almond flour to the cake flour… I knew it was already going to…

Celebrations ~

                It’s coming down to the wire folks!  The packers will be arriving in 2 days, thus starting the Lombardo family’s next big adventure: Mt Home Air Force Base, Idaho! This weekend, as we prepped the patio furniture and pizza oven, I stopped so I could keep a…

Month of the Military Child

                  These are my kiddos ~ they are children of the world… they were born in three different places, sprouting and growing shallow roots through their vast experiences everywhere else.  I am so very proud of them, of all they have accomplished in spite of moving every two…

Breaking Bread

  All sorrows are less with bread. – Miguel de Cervantes     There is something so gratifyingly innate about making bread. I love the entire process!  Grinding flour, kneading the dough with my hands, the rise or two my loaves get and then the best part: the baking!  My kitchen is nice and toasty…