Tag: cooking

Breakfast for Dinner

It’s easy to create a routine which quickly degenerates into a rut.  I’ve found this to be especially true with food and cooking.  Often I find a new taste, ingredient, tool or method of cooking and that’s what I stick to for awhile.  (Case in point:  I’ve made a total of five tarts – both

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A Legacy in the Kitchen

My Grandpa Vern passed away just this past October and at his service, each of his three kids (my mom and two uncles,) my brother and I were all asked to speak.  Inevitably, we shared stories about his career, international travels, vacations to Tahoe, strict rules (eating bacon with a fork?)  and love of the

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A Tale of Two Tarts

I mentioned recently that I have been acquiring kitchen gadgets at an alarming rate and I wanted to share a story about one of them – my new tart pan. I’ve been making “tarts” for years, but really, they were just tart crusts in a pie pan.  They tasted different than a plain ‘ol pie,

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I Heart Pub Food

So while I appreciate fine food and exotic ingredients, at the core my tastes are pretty pedestrian.  In the past, anytime someone has asked me what type of food was my favorite, I was embarrassed to answer, “pub food.”  But really, it’s just comfort food and is there anything better than a good burger, homemade

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“Heather, Please Pack Your Knives and Go”

I’m a die-hard Top Chef fan.  I hinted at my obsession a few months ago, but we do take it pretty seriously around here.  In fact, the other night Madison asked me if I could sit with her while she got ready for bed but after taking one look at the TV, decided to ask

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Testing My Limits Barefoot Contessa-Style

Out of boredom, I challenged myself a few weeks ago to try some new recipes.  I had just purchased the newest Ina Garten cookbook in hopes of gaining some inspiration but to be honest, the first time I flipped through it I kinda thought, “hmm.”  Clearly I wasn’t in the mood to be inspired. So

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What I’m Cooking Now – Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a funny thing.  I never minded it as a kid (and Madison doesn’t either) but I have had plenty of kids at my dinner table turn the stuff down.  I know, it’s kinda stinky, looks weird (sometimes all I can think of when I look at it is a boxers’ cauliflower ear.  Gross!) 

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Dad Cooks (sorta)

Obviously, I talk a lot about the food I cook for Madison and her reactions to our meals, but I think it’s important for a space devoted to family meals and cooking for kids to give some history of the person doing the cooking.  I mean, I wasn’t just conjured out of thin air with

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“This is the BEST DINNER EVER Naunta”

I knew the day would come when unfortunately, those words became, “umm, you know I don’t like cheese anymore.  It makes me gag.  Or bananas.  I don’t like them either.  And by the way, I’m really tired of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.” It used to be that almost every time I made dinner or

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Let’s Focus on Food, Shall We?

In the spirit of the New Year (albeit a bit later than I should have,) I’ve taken a moment to actually go back and read the “About Madison” page.  To quote myself: “the main purpose of this blog: I am passionate about local food, sustainability issues and wholesome natural cooking.  I think it’s important to

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