Eggplant Kuku

Among the many gifts my husband gave me when we were first married was a stack of 20 cookbooks. All were from different cuisines: Afghani, Persian, Moroccan, Turkish, Caribbean, Japanese, Chinese, South American, Cajun, Somali… well, you get the picture. I’m still trying to figure out what the take-away message is. He claims I’m the […]

Cucumber, Pepper, Fake Crab Salad

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t love the cold. I don’t love winter. I don’t love the lack of fresh produce in the grocery stores. Although the snow-covered outdoors is beautiful this time of year, I am constantly reminded that spring is nowhere near. I am originally from Florida. I’ve only been up north (if […]

Sesame Cabbage Salad with Mandarin Oranges

Once upon a time there was a girl who got a little overwhelmed, threw a hissy fit, created culinary excellence, forgot how, and found it again. Please allow me to tell you her story. It all started less than a month after she got married. She had just moved, with her husband, to a new […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

Am I the only one who ate a whole lot of PB&J as a kid? Today is all about PB&J sandwiches. Of the cookie variety, that is. Last night, Kobe and I made peanut butter and jelly (and chocolate frosting) cookies. Even though we spend a lot of time together, Kobe and I have found […]

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is no need to ask my hubby what my number one most annoying habit is. I can tell you. When I turn off the water after taking a shower, I (sometimes?) forget to adjust the knob that turns off the shower head. Translation: every single time Kobe turns on the faucets in the bathtub, […]

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

No one ever stays mad at me for long. Sure, I can be obnoxious at times – like when I tried to convince Kobe that he had green and purple stuff on his nose. Sure, I can be overly dramatic at time – like that whole spaghetti complex. Sure, I have other faults; but, in […]

Easy Veggie Patties

Let’s talk about food. Real food. You know the kind that hasn’t been so overly processed that it’s ingredients are no longer recognizable. The kind that has ingredients you can actually pronounce. The stuff that your great-great-grandparents may have actually eaten. Would it surprise you to know that we rarely eat processed foods? And, when […]

Meyer Lemon Meringue Kisses

Today, I decided to continue on my campaign to bring spring by baking Lemon Meringue Kisses. I figure this will help in 2 ways: (1) it’s a springy dessert and if I’m eating it then it must be spring; and (2) they are so delicious that spring is going to want to invite itself over […]

Sheep’s Cheese Macaroni with Tomatoes and Garlic

You must try this Sheep’s Cheese Macaroni with Tomatoes and Garlic. It’s grown-up flavor that even children will love. Like many of my recipes, it’s simple to prepare and budget-friendly. (I even bought the sheep’s cheese at Costco.) Let’s talk for a moment about flavors. No one wants to eat a one-note dish. There should […]

Easy Stew

I had family to feed – a hungry family. We all agreed that dinner had to be thrown together tonight. Nothing complicated. Nothing that required fancy ingredients. Nothing that would take more than an hour. I had some meat. I had some veggies. I had a lot of potatoes.

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