Category: Home Cooking

How To Pick Out Fruit (new chart from Shari’s Berries)

While I am in the midst of a blog redesign, please take a look at this new chart Shari’s Berries has shared with me via email. It offers useful advice on how to pick out fresh fruit at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Julissa, Community Outreach for Shari’s Berries, writes: “Whether you’re shopping for ...

The Husband Cooked Blue Apron: Review

Well, that was an interesting month. Back to work. Recently I received an offer from Blue Apron in the mail, a discount on my first order, to entice me to try the meal delivery service. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for the blog for a while, so I placed my first order, assigning ...

Slow Food International Menu For Change Photo Roundup

The last time you heard from me, I mentioned I was participating in a Slow Food International challenge. The challenge was to cook two meals a week, for three weeks, using ingredients from within a 200-mile radius of my home. I’ve been sharing photos of these meals on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but in case ...

Strawberry-Rhubarb-Ginger Jam

It’s about three weeks until our first CSA pickup for the season, and probably only two weeks until the pick-your-own strawberry patches open up, so I took the plunge and used the last bag of frozen strawberries, with the handful of rhubarb stalks I harvested from the backyard this week, and made some jam. As I have mentioned ...

Using What You’ve Learned: Eating As Locally As You Choose

If you have spent some time with the seasonal fruits chart from Shari’s Berries, you have probably noticed that, according to the chart, most fruits are in season most of the time, somewhere. It’s that SOMEWHERE that is the important point. Let me explain. I commented on the chart’s inclusion of strawberries as an early ...

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Seasonal Fruits Chart (Thanks, Shari’s Berries!)

An email from Shari’s Berries Community Outreach offered this fantastic seasonal fruits chart. Not only is it extensive and informative, it is also great to look at if you are still only looking at snow, snow, and more snow outside your window. Click on the link to read the blog post featuring this chart, to get ...

Saturday Evening Pasta-Comfort Food Sunday Double Feature: Spaghetti and Meatballs-The Family You Choose

When I am looking for something that will comfort me while I am cooking it, as well as while I’m eating it, my go-to choice is usually Italian food. I am not Italian, and I did not grow up eating much Italian food, but I have learned to cook a variety of cuisines, and Italian is my favorite ...

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Gingerbread for Healing

I have reached the point where I just need something simple, comforting, and healing, and thought you might have too. So I made gingerbread. This is my mother’s gingerbread recipe. It was her go-to dessert when she wanted something quick and easy, that would feed and please a crowd. My father used to eat a ...

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

This soup is made with pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices, but it definitely does not taste like pumpkin pie. There’s plenty of pumpkin pie ahead with the holidays coming, so I didn’t want it here in this soup. Spiced Pumpkin Soup 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped pinch of salt 2 cups chicken broth 1 ...

Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Cornbread

After I got all uppity about Pumpkin Spice yesterday, I got hungry. So I made this. Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Cornbread 1 1/2 cups stone ground, whole grain cornmeal (medium grind) 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves ...