Taco Tuesday

Well, here it is—Taco Tuesday! I don’t know if Taco Tuesday is a thing other places across the country, but here in SoCal it’s pretty popular. So, instead of heading out to the local taco place, I thought I would just create some at home. So glad I did. Chicken tacos will be on our menu. This recipe for…

Flour Tortillas

My best friend in elementary school was a girl named Flora. She was Mexican and hanging out at her house was quite a departure from my own culture. Her family spoke a different language and had a different cooking style. Her mom made the best tortillas by hand. It was fun to watch her expertly…

Corn and Cauliflower Chowder

Potato soup is a recipe I remember my mom making often. I’m sure it was one of those things that was cheap and could expand to feed a lot of people. We always ate it with saltines crunched up in it, but now my family takes it to a new level with the addition of…

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

When the weather outside is frightful like it is at our house today , soup is a good way to get warm from the inside. As of late, it has arrived on our table a couple of times. One of our favorites is this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. I tweaked a bit and added a…

Thumbprint Cookies

I love when I am cooking up something yummy for my friends and family. There is a certain satisfaction in it all. In years past, I have baked dozens of cookies to share with my husband’s co-workers. They were not just any cookie. They were one of the best cookies I’ve ever tasted and have become my go-to when a gift of food is called for. I have had people casually mention that Christmas was coming as a reminder they hoped so were the cookies.

Mexican Rice

  I have learned a few new things about cooking while watching the Netflix series Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. One of those things was a method for cooking fluffy rice. I tried it with this Mexican rice recipe and it worked like a dream. Once the rice and liquid came to a boil, I wrapped…

Oh My, Let’s Eat Pie!

I have been at some Thanksgiving gatherings that had almost enough pie that each person could have their very own. Pumpkin, Apple, and Coconut Cream were always on my family’s menu while growing up. There are really so many to choose from, but as of late, a new one has made its way to our table.

Roasted Veggies with Seasoned Cannellini Beans

Recently, I ran across a four-part series on Netflix called Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. This beautifully filmed documentary took me to some new places, introduced me to some interesting people, and taught me a few things along the way. Not only that, it also inspired me to think about food differently while challenging me to…

Applesauce Cake

Applesauce has almost magical properties when it comes to baking. Fat, eggs, and sugar can be reduced or even, replaced with the addition of applesauce to a recipe. Add it to a few other basic staples from your pantry and you have cake! It is my go-to when a quick sweet treat is required. and…