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…

Cooking with Friends

    “Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.” ―Elie Wiesel   Last week, I had a wonderful time cooking with and for the fine folks at the Mountain Home AFB AFRC… we had a bread baking class, lots of laughter, and a healthy dose…

Happy Halloween!

      Here is a sweet treat that is great from halloween to halloween and everyday in between! Enjoy ~ v Truffle Brownies 1 1/4  c butter (don’t freak out, it’s just butter!) 3/4 c baking cocoa 3 T flour 1 c + 1 T sugar, divided 4 eggs, separated 2 tsp vanilla Heat…

Cooking with Val

This summer was full of change, challenges and more importantly, blessings in abundance.  Our daughter graduated from college, our son was an ROTC Field Training selectee, we drove through 4 states (love Arches Nat’l Park in Utah!) to our 11th assignment, we spent some amazing quality time together and with friends and family. We made…

Risotto ~ unravelled

It always amazes me how many lovers of risotto who won’t attempt making the delectable, versatile, creamy dish… I hope you’ll take 20 minutes to make it for your family ~ to make it for yourself! History of Risotto The history of risotto is naturally tied to the history of rice in Italy. While there…

Santa Lucia Eyes

I just love making something that brings a certain look of satisfaction, love and longing to my family ~ this time, my husband.  Tony came home last night, changed from his military uniform and went straight to the computer… strange.  I asked what he was doing, and he said he thought about something his Mom…

A Mouthful of Summer

“Everything in moderation…including moderation.” ~ Julia Child The most requested recipe?  Fruit Pizza!!  Aside from my pizza dough, this tasty gem of a dessert has even the biggest skeptic (what? fruit pizza?) asking for more and eventually asking for the recipe.  For my “gluten-free” friends, using a combination of gluten-free and coconut flours and coconut…

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…

The Bull and Lettuce

“Never mind love, have a cup of tea.” favorite British saying Ok, The Bull and Lettuce may only be what we had for dinner last night (steak salad with horseradish cream), but it would be a GREAT pub name!  If the Brits can have The Butt & Oyster (what?!?), why not the Bull and Lettuce?    …