Crock Wassail

I can so vividly remember those frigid Chicago days when I'd get home from school or ice skating at the park (or wherever energetic kids find trouble on snowy winter days), open the door and.... ohhh wow, Mom is making Wassail! The entire house would be redolent with apple cider, oranges, and spices that simmered... Continue Reading →

Accidental Beef Stew

Sometimes the best things out of the kitchen are unplanned. Just made the best beef stew I have ever tasted. It also got an "Ohhh wow, this is amazeballs!" (paraphrased) from the 3 other mouths it fed. And it was an "accident." Oh jeez, start writing down now what I remember doing so I can... Continue Reading →

Football Munchies!

It's football season and my beloved Texans are "taking ass and kicking names" (--Mantis, Infinity War). My favorite time of year. Also dangerous when trying to limit the intake of the calorie bombs inherent in standard greasy football munchie fare. Since I typically have a friend or two over to watch the games with me... Continue Reading →

Seafood Pasta Salad

I can't think of a better summertime lunch or dinner than a chilled Seafood Pasta Salad. Can't think of a more wholesome, healthy meal either - high in protein, low GI (glycemic index), and loaded with nutrients and pro-biotics. But mostly it's delicious! It's been a family favorite for decades changing a little here and... Continue Reading →

Yes, I cook for my dog

Is he spoiled rotten? I sure hope so. It's my job as a dog mom, after all. If by spoiling you mean providing a happy, loving home where he can be the best doggo he can be for the longest, healthiest life possible. I started this post with that particular question for a reason. It's... Continue Reading →

When Snacks are FOOD

Snacks are important. They sate the hungries in between meals, particularly important for that mid-afternoon sprint. Good snacks prevent the big blood sugar dips and peaks during the day and help us avoid the sugar-laden Snickers temptations that really don't do much for us nutritionally and just make us hungrier in a short time. Good... Continue Reading →

Veggie Creep

Veggies are not at the top of my Favorite Foods list. I can honestly say I know of no one for whom they are. Doesn't mean I don't like any vegetables - there are some I love but as a side to/part of other stuff that really are favorites. For instance, I love tomatoes and... Continue Reading →

Instant Pot Custard

Few treats fill me with more nostalgia than homemade custard. It was one of those things my mom made a lot and we never tired of finding those small dishes of creamy, cinnamon-topped wonderfulness in the fridge. Some never even made it to the fridge - it's yum warm, too! As I remembered it anyway... Continue Reading →

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