German Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

It’s strange how a food can symbolize so much more than just food. We attach people, events and emotions to foods and smells to anchor us to our history. The combination of pecans, coconut, chocolate and caramel is one such anchor for me.

Where’s My Backpack? Travel Theme: Edges

“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.” –Fanny Burney All roads lead to Rome. Enjoy some of the multiple edges of the Eternal City. Florence, Italy You need only look up to see the fine edges of her beauty. To see more from Where’s my backpack?,…

Baked Tomato With Pesto & Mozzarella

I have fresh tomatoes coming out of my ears. I’m not complaining, I swear. I will be crying for fresh tomatoes in October when they are replaced in the grocery stores with red, tasteless orbs of tomato likeness. I love caprese salad because seriously what’s not to love about tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella? I…

Tortilla Soup- Vegetarian

I know that you all are dying to know what I made with my “What’s for dinner? Challenge” ingredients. I can tell from the “holding your breath in anticipation” cyber silence. Feel free to breathe now and leave a comment if you came up with a recipe for the challenge. 🙂 South of the border,…

Make Time For Arugula Nectarine Feta Salad

There’s never enough time! “This is no time to talk about time! We don’t have the time!… What was I saying?” Cmdr. Deanna Troi, Star Trek First Contact 1996 “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. No time to say Hello, Goodbye, I’m late, I’m late I’m late.” Bob Dale I’m on my…

What Would You Make For Dinner?

Are you up for a challenge, Top Chefs? The prize, you ask? Uh….a sense of accomplishment. Yes a sense of accomplishment! Now stop procrastinating and Go! What would you make for dinner tonight? Here are your ingredients. Corn Red bell pepper Portobello mushrooms Carrots Swiss chard You may add seasonings and either a meat or…

Where’s My Backpack? Travel theme: Horizons

Early morning in Southeast Alaska. Grab a cup of coffee while the crew prepares to make way and just listen to the sea. The gentle tang of the halyards, a distant gull, the huff of a sea lion or the blow of a passing humpback. Now listen to your breath, be one with the moment…

Lemongrass and Ginger Halibut en Papillote

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. I’m bringing this fancy yet simple dish to Fiesta Friday #29 at The Novice Gardener. Thank you to our lovely hosts Jhuls and Selma. You are in for a treat if you have never tasted Alaskan halibut and I hope you enjoy a little taste of the…

Tomato & Basil for Bruschetta

Is there anything better than fresh tomatoes keeping company with basil and garlic? What’s not to love? Tomatoes are a rich source of antioxidants including vitamin C and beta carotene. They have a very good amount of the mineral manganese and a good amount of vitamin E.

Eggplant Parmesan With Pesto

I’m having a lazy Sunday, after an incredibly stressful week, writing my blog for Fiesta Friday. If you are a new blogger then you should find a weekly virtual group that will challenge you to write. Fiesta Friday at The Novice Gardener motivates me to create recipes and photos every week. I’ve made a commitment,…

Wine and Women, Let’s Be Honest

“How much alcohol do you drink?” “Doc, I’m just here for my annual gyno exam. Why do you care how much I drink?” I care about alcohol use for the same reason that I care if you smoke. Everyone knows that smoking is addictive and dangerous to your health yet alcohol consumption has become so…