Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  For a surprise I made Dave (and me!) chocolate covered fruit, with a little twist. Anjou Pears, Blood Oranges, Strawberries and Pineapples with dark chocolate… I sprinkled equal parts sugar with a savory ingredient such as cardamon, chili, cinnamon. I also seasoned some of them with fresh ground black pepper and himalayan…

Super Bowl-Cooking with my Nieces

Dave and I watched our nieces, ages 7 and 9, during Super Bowl, while their parents went away for the night for a little mini-vacation.  My sister-in-law has done an excellent job training our nieces in the basics of cooking, knife skills and clean-up.  (Extremely grateful for that last skill)  We decided to do a…

Brunch

First of all, I have to say that I pride myself in being a halfway decent home cook. Usually people, especially my lovely husband Dave, rave when eating food I’ve cooked. I also usually have no problem following and adapting recipes if need be, and I consider cooking to be overall an enjoyable experience. So…

Reluctant New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Eve 2015-it’s that time again, New Year’s Resolutions. I hate them, but they can be helpful with getting my butt in gear and achieve goals. This year’s resolution was inspired by a gripe from my husband. A few weeks before New Year’s, the bottom fell out of the drawer in our china closet…