vegetable barley soup

Last night David and I were set to watch a marathon of Homeland.  Finally realizing that our local library could save us a great deal of time and money, we have started to borrow television series instead of splurging on them ourselves. We donned our pajamas and curled up on the couch together each with […]

fresh bruschetta

On snow days, I am all about comfort food. Give me macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, or a hot minestrone soup. My belly demands the warm comfort of rich, savory foods. This last storm though was a little different. While David shoveled us out of almost twelve inches of snow, I diced up some tomatoes tossed […]

vegetable chili with quinoa

On New Year’s Eve, David’s co-worker invited us to her home for an afternoon shindig. It was really nice to spend time with his work friends who are collectively hilarious and welcoming. While chatting around the kitchen island, we snacked and shared various stories.  A few soups were also served to keep everyone warm on […]

pappardelle with pumpkin and caramelized onions

On Saturday morning, we woke up to find that our furnace had stopped working. David headed up into the attic (that’s right our furnace is in the attic!), to see if the pilot light went out.  Forty minutes later, we still could not figure out how to get the furnace moving again. It was chilly […]

zucchini pizza boat

We have been noshing on left-overs this week.  Last night we were in a predicament. We still had some left overs but there were not quite enough to pull together to call a “full meal.”  To supplement dinner with something cheap and cheerful, I made some quick and easy zucchini pizzas. Preheat the oven to […]

curried kale with toasted coconut

our friends Laura and Eric are staying at our house while their new house is renovated (I probably mentioned this before). One of the perks of having them here is that at dinner time, we share the prep, cooking, and clean-up.  Laura was the master chef last night as she whipped up this recipe and […]

panzanella salad

The other night David and I settled down to a dinner of panzanella salad. I was inspired by smitten kitchen’s summer’s last hurrah panzanella. The home made vinaigrette she designed was delicious and so simple.  It will clearly become a dressing staple in our house. For the vinaigrette 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard […]

kale salad with homemade dressing

I am obsessed with this kale salad. This week alone David and I have devoured tons of kale.  This salad is so good that as we wait for the main dish to prepare we snack on the bowl of salad, stealing a leaf here and there until dinnertime.  At the kitchen table, we pile the […]

mango cucumber salad

David has been outside this morning picking out the field of dandelions that plague our yard and pruning back the holly and juniper bushes.  Spring cleaning is up and running after a quick trip to Lowe’s to buy some pruning sheers, gardening bags, and gloves. While David enjoyed his zen-like garden work, I threw together […]

cream cheese & cucumber sandwich

I am obsessed.  At 10AM, I am already craving lunchtime. Since visiting my sister-in-law in California and snacking on these sandwiches with her, I am now fully committed to eating these each day. Standing in the bakery of Whole Foods this morning, I contemplated which bread I should indulge in.  If I am going to […]

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