The Bee Keepers Ball

The Bee Keepers Ball
“She was passionate about cooking and in love with the idea of creating a place for other dreamers to come and learn the culinary arts.” The Beekeeper’s Ball, Susan Wiggs 2014. In all fairness, I was drawn to this book after reading on the back cover the main character was pursuing a dream and opening a cooking school; coincidentally in the area where I grew up in Northern California. Without even reading further, similar dreams echoing in my head, I checked this book out at the library. I was intrigued for personal reasons anticipating the journey I would take while following in the footsteps of a character who accomplished what ...

Ah….Thai Peanut Sauce! Recipe

Ah….Thai Peanut Sauce!
Do you want to know what is stupid good?  (I don’t care for the term stupid – it’s actually prohibited in our home but I am quoting one of my students here). Thai Peanut Sauce. Ah, Thai Peanut Sauce.  Not only it is irresistible and totally worthy of eating right out of the blender it is surprisingly versatile.  I don’t remember where or how I came up with the recipe but this recipe rocks.  Seriously rocks.  Assuming you are ok with peanuts and cilantro.  If you are allergic to legumes or think cilantro tastes like soap, stop here. Read no further.  I can’t imagine making this sauce without either.  I ...

Do the Twist

Do the Twist
Remember the Play-Doh Fuzzy Pumper Barber and Beauty Shop crazy hair growing set from the 1970’s? Well, after two years of collecting dust on the shelf, I finally whipped out my spiralizer and flashed back to the 70’s while making zucchini noodles. Fun times! Check out my food column in The Daily Sentinel for more details….

Side in a Snap

Side in a Snap
It was discussed, but we never quite committed to attend the after school BBQ at my daughter’s elementary school as we have two kids; one in middle and one in elementary.  Commitments can be challenging sometimes.  When my husband is around, we divide and conquer.  The day before, we learned we could attend, so I quickly RSVP’d and signed up for a side dish then completely tossed the food idea out of my mind. The day of, we ran in circles taking care of last day of school business in addition to the craziness of let’s pack our gear and get out town for five days details.  Our lives were ...