• Comfort Food
  • Apple Cider & Brown Sugar Glazed Ham with Hasselback Bacon Pecan Sweet Potatoes

    Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives and remembering what one receives.”—Alexander Dumas This Post is sponsored by Farmer John but all words, opinions, and enthusiasm for bacon and ham are my own! I am fortunate in my friends. They are some of the most generous people I’ve ever met. Their friendship is steadfast and […]

  • Comfort Food
  • Butternut Squash & Scallion Soup

    “October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”  ―J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix  This my friends is literally the fall and winter weather I […]

  • Comfort Food
  • Fall Vegetarian Chili

    “Eye of newt, and toe of frog,  Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,  Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,  Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—  For a charm of powerful trouble,  Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.  Double, double toil and trouble;  Fire burn, and caldron bubble.”  ― William Shakespeare  Who else is cooking up something deliciously […]

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  • Pasta Diavola

    “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi Though my travels in Italy are at this point limited to a mere two weeks, many years ago, I’m of the same mind. Give me Italy; you may have all the rest. Simon and I visited six years ago and some of […]

  • Drinks
  • Peach Bellini Sangria

    “I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine to-night.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley I recall having sangria with every nearly meal in Spain the winter I was fifteen. I marveled at how someone my age didn’t have to steal sips of other’s drinks when attentions were diverted. I was given a […]

  • Chicken
  • Nicaraguan Chicken in Coconut Milk

    “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” -George Bernard Shaw I’m fairly certain I learned to cook before I learned to ride a bike. I recall being as young as five when I’d push an old wooden dining chair up to the stove where my mother was simmering and sautéing away. I’d […]

  • Chicken
  • Summer Garden Bowls with Gluten Free Meatballs

    This post is sponsored by Hip Chick Farms. All opinions, words, and general charm are my own. “Heat cannot be separated from fire…”—Dante Alighieri  There’s more to the quote than that but for me, for now, this will suffice. Summer has yet to officially begin and yet The San Fernando Valley pays no mind to […]

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