A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

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Pickin up Paw Paws, put ‘em in your pocket…

Pickin up Paw Paws, put ‘em in your pocket…

I remember hearing the song Way Down Yonder In the Paw Paw Patch growing up, but I never had a Paw Paw , and I’m not even sure I really knew what one was. In September, a local farm, Cary’s U-Pick, posted that they had paw paws and […]

Catching Up and Meal Prep Sunday

Catching Up and Meal Prep Sunday

My cooking and posting has been a little sporadic lately.  There was a lot going on, including some travel. I had some great restaurant meals,  but did little cooking. I go in spurts of doing meal planning, and meal prepping. Today was one of those […]

Herb Pots, Tomato Plants and What’s Been Happening in My Kitchen

Herb Pots, Tomato Plants and What’s Been Happening in My Kitchen

April and May is always a busy time of year for us.  We go to Texas nearly a month for spring migration birdwatching, and of course when we get back it’s all about getting ready for the summer.  So I haven’t been posting much because […]

A Sardine Sandwich – Who Knew?

A Sardine Sandwich – Who Knew?

I’m supposed to eat more oily little fishes.  Besides just eating sardines straight out of the tin, I have been looking into other ways to use the little fishies. Then yesterday Sam the Cooking Guy posted a video of him recreating an after-school snack his […]

Pinterest Fail!  Slow Cooker Charro Beans

Pinterest Fail! Slow Cooker Charro Beans

I’ve been trying to do a few more slower cooker meals just to make weeknight dinners a little easier. I’d never made beans in the slow cooker before, saw this recipe on on Pinterest, and thought, I like Charro beans!  I’ll give it a try. […]

A Chocolate Drink from Cocoa Beans

A Chocolate Drink from Cocoa Beans

On our recent trip to Costa Rica, I took a chocolate tour at Tirimbina and at the end of the chocolate tour the guide, Sergio, gave me a small bag of cocoa beans. Last night I decided I needed to do something with them before […]

Eating Rice in Costa Rica

Eating Rice in Costa Rica

I was away from my kitchen for a few weeks because Steve and I were vacationing in Costa Rica. The vacation was primarily bird-watching (my husband is the birdwatcher), but we still had to eat!  And I think that it is pretty obvious that I […]

Almost no cooking for the last month! Grilled steaks, fruit, cheese andsalami

Almost no cooking for the last month! Grilled steaks, fruit, cheese andsalami

With one thing and another, I have done almost no cooking in the last month. First I was on a two-week business trip, then I was back barely six days before taking off on vacation.  And with this vacation we have been exclusively in hotels, […]

What’s been happening in my kitchen

What’s been happening in my kitchen

I haven’t made any new recipes this week, and I was traveling last week. But today I did a LOT of cooking (although nothing new). The menu: Chips and Salsa Crab Ball Shrimp Cocktail Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Frida Kahlo Zucchini Salad Summer in a Bowl […]

What should I do with my CSA share THIS week?

What should I do with my CSA share THIS week?

There is just so much good stuff I don’t know what to make first.  Plus I bought 10 lbs of tomato seconds so I need to process those too. Trying to decide if I want to make baba ganoush, eggplant Parmesan, or ratatouille with the […]