Amaretto Twisted Key Lime Pie

I have been a fan of key lime pie since I first had it at the Blond Giraffe while visiting Key West, Florida about 15 years ago.  The Blond Giraffe moved out of Key West some years ago which made me sad, but they have moved back to Florida.  You can also order the pies online - or, you can make your own! A few years ago I took to trying my hand at making my own version of key lime pie.  I sought out key limes - tiny little buggers - and juiced them.  I found a recipe and tweaked it (of … [Read more...]

Let Them Eat Boozey Cake – Pumpcan Pecan Maple Bourbon Bundt Cake!

I got a crazy idea that I wanted to make a bundt cake using maple bourbon but had no occasion for which I needed a bourbon cake until...Christmas! Since my people are very fond of pumpkin and pecans, the end result was a pumpkin pecan maple bourbon cake and it is good. Give it a try and see what you think. You don't need to wait for next Christmas. It is great in a random Monday. How can you go wrong with cake, booze and pumpkin? Pumpkin Pecan Maple Bourbon Bundt Cake For the cake: 1 Boxes … [Read more...]

Eggs with Italian Inspired “Hash” and a Little Something Extra

When it is hot outside, I don't feel like cooking.  Fancy is out of the question.  What's on hand is what's going to be on the plate.  It is August and I am in Southern California so it is hot!  My organic farm box came this week and in it I found leeks, chard and mushrooms.  I had eggs, pine nuts, pasta sauce and parmesan cheese on hand so we didn't have to go hungry or go out. Woot woot! This dish can be modified a million different ways so give it a try the next time you need something … [Read more...]

Vegetable Frittata with a Potato Crust

I love getting interesting things in my organic farm box.  Recently one of the offerrings was sea beans, which I had never tried before.  I jumped on the opportunity to try some out.  When they came, they looked a little like really skinny grean beans.  They had a salty slightly bitter taste when they were raw.  I decided to use them in a frittata with some of the other things that I recieved in my box and was pleased with the results.  The sea beans lost their bitterness when cooked and added … [Read more...]

Join Me in Choosing Positivity and Happiness

This year I made a promise to myself to focus on being positive and happy; to strive to see the good things in every day and every situation; to surround myself with positive people and things; to expand my horizons. Over the past couple of years I feel like I was becoming more and more negative and, along with that, less happy and upbeat.  I theorize this change in mental outlook was leading to things like high blood pressure, dental issues (I broke several crowns - I am a legend at my … [Read more...]

Roasted Sunchoke Chips

I receive a farm box from Farm Fresh to You every two weeks. I enjoy the boxes very much not only because the contain great fresh organic produce, but also because I feel like I am in some small way supporting local farmers. I come from farming people so it makes me feel good to support farmers. Another thing I really enjoy about getting the boxes is trying things I haven't tried cooking before. Recently I decided to try sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, in my farm box. They are … [Read more...]

Wild Mushroom, Roasted Potato, Chard and Ham Frittata

As the weather turns cooler, I crave comfort food - warm and hearty dishes. Eggs and cheese feel like home to me. Using fresh, seasonal produce like chard and wild mushrooms makes me feel somehow more in touch with nature and the season. I try to find ways to lighten dishes up. Using mostly egg whites along with fat free dairy helps. The vegetables and roasted potatoes in this dish add nutrients, bulk and flavor with not a lot of additional calories. I like a hearty serving so adding hulk … [Read more...]

Pasta with Pumpkin, Pine Nuts and Canadian Bacon

I may have mentioned once or twice that I love pumpkins.  I love the way they look and I love the way the taste.  I got some pumpkins for my porch to welcome fall. I also used some pumpkin in my cooking for the week.  A new recipe I found and adapted  was our Sunday dinner.  I found the original recipe on Cozi which I have been using to get organized.  I changed the recipe and made it my own.  Give it a try, you might like it too! Pasta with Pumpkin, Canadian Bacon and Pine … [Read more...]

Spicy Mango Jerk Shrimp with Coconut Grits

It has been a busy several months and I have not been doing much cooking.  When I have been cooking it hasn't been exactly inspired.  Today I had the day off and a few ingredients on hand so I thought I would do a little experimenting.  The results were pretty tasty AND I have left over grits to go with breakfast! Spicy Mango Jerk Shrimp with Coconut Grits Serves 1 1 lbs Raw Shrimp - cleaned and tails removed 1 Mango 1 tsp to 2 tsp Jerk Seasoning 1 cans lite coconut milk 1 box … [Read more...]

Honesty Please

I like to think that I am a pretty flexible person when it comes to most things, but a few things I will not compromise on.  One of these things is honesty.  I am an honest person and I expect the same from others.  I think that sometimes people have issues with me because I am so honest and perhaps not always as delicate as I should be in presenting the truth.  I can be very direct and even blunt at times.  I try to be as delicate as I can.  I am not above fluffing the truth up a bit so it … [Read more...]