The Garden of Earthly Delights

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When I stopped working last February, in an attempt to fill some of the free time I knew I would have, I tackled a project I’d been meaning to cross off the list for quite some time. My front and back yards were in desperate need of a makeover by way of cleaning out numerous overgrown […]

Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

While packing for our trip to Hawaii in early January, I caught my husband with a puzzled look on his face as I threw a few miso soup packets into my suitcase. “You’re taking soup with you to Hawaii?” he asked. “Of course.” I replied. As if packing soup for a trip to a tropical island were […]

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I still haven’t received my assignment for the Thanksgiving Day meal. For years I played host, focusing on the turkey and other savory dishes while my family took charge of dessert and other sides to round out the Thanksgiving feast. There’s been a shift in recent years; the hosting […]

Apple Coffee Cake

Apple Coffee Cake

  The last time I checked in it was July, the middle of summer, hot.  I took the rest of summer off from blogging for my wedding anniversary and a three-week trip to Europe.  My husband and I returned for the fourth time to St. Jean Cap Ferrat with stops in Paris, Brussels, Bruges and London. […]

Artichoke and Green Chile Stuffed Mushrooms

Artichoke and Green Chile Stuffed Mushrooms

  When it comes to entertaining or get-togethers I’m always most comfortable being in charge of the appetizer, salad or dessert course.  Main dishes are a little trickier for me, especially when I’m responsible for feeding a crowd.  There are a few dishes that I do well but I get nervous around meat.  Fish, steaks, braised […]

Strawberry-Almond Olive Oil Cake

Strawberry Almond Olive Oil Cake

  I have several bags of clothes and shoes sitting by my front door waiting to be donated, and counting.  Still a few more drawers wait to be inspected and edited.  Then I will be done with spring cleaning…and with not much more of spring left to spare.  I’ve been cleaning out cabinets all over my house […]

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

After two failed attempts, I’ve decided to give up. Who fails at grilling something as simple as fish? Grilled fresh fish is one of my favorite summertime, beachside eats, particularly small, fresh, whole fish like sardines.  I’ve had them many times while on vacation and when I saw them available at the fish counter yesterday I was excited to […]

Blueberry Chocolate Oat Cookies

Blueberry Chocolate Oat Cookies

  Google never fails to burst my bubble whenever I think I’ve come up with an original idea.  It’s happened a few times before and not just with food.  As a new cyclist 15 years ago, thinking it cumbersome to have to reach for my water bottle on the rack on my bike each time I wanted a […]