Eggplant Parmesan, or something like it

I’ve been married for nearly three years (our anniversary is next month!), and it’s only in recent months that I’ve mustered up the courage to, wait for it, make food without following a recipe.  My cookbooks were my lifeline to making edible food.  Without guidelines to follow, I felt all panicky and insecure.  How long… Continue reading Eggplant Parmesan, or something like it


Grilled Cheese and Jalapeno Sandwich

This sandwich came about because I didn’t have any tomatoes in the house.  You see, normally I enjoy my grilled cheese sandwiches with some sliced tomatoes and mayo.  Mmmmmm.  So, not that day.  No tomatoes to be had.  I did have jalapenos, though, since I still haven’t given them to Nikki Flores.  I was a… Continue reading Grilled Cheese and Jalapeno Sandwich


Warning: Do not lead with the cheese puffs

I had a plan for Little Man’s dinner the other day.  I was warming up a very yummy (I thought) cheese sandwich in the toaster oven, but he was hungry right now.  So I put him in his high chair and gave him some of the cheese puff things that I usually reserve for bribery… Continue reading Warning: Do not lead with the cheese puffs


It’s the Little Things

I once had a co-worker who vented to me about how much she despised making lunch for her husband.  She described making him a sandwich, pantomiming how she would slap the ingredients down and slam the sandwich halves together, all while muttering under her breath.  It all looked rather violent to me.  I remember thinking:… Continue reading It’s the Little Things


A Summer Smoothie

After frolicking in the park, we stopped by Whole Foods to pick up a few key items.  While in the frozen aisle, I noticed that there were kosher frozen fruits!  Strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, mixed fruit, peaches!  I’ve been craving cold and sweet lately (and successfully resisting the urge to get that pint of Ben and… Continue reading A Summer Smoothie

Home stuff · Recipes

My fasting baking frenzy

For some reason, every fast day fills me with an overwhelming urge to bake.  This is what I did today: Scone batter.  mmmmmmmmm. Baked yummy blueberry-pecan scones! Next up: Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Honey and Pecans. Then:  Sweet Potato and Black Bean Casserole Finally:  Crunchy French Bread The final product – made into tasty… Continue reading My fasting baking frenzy


Fast, Healthy Dinner Ideas Good for the Nine Days (and beyond!)

These are some easy, healthy dinner faves which work well during the Nine (meatless) Days.  These are the bare bones recipes; feel free to modify as desires.  Consider them dinner templates. Dinner #1 Elbow Macaroni Sliced Portobello mushrooms, sauteed in olive oil, sprinkled with salt, pepper, turmeric, paprika Hubby sprinkles cheese on his pasta, I… Continue reading Fast, Healthy Dinner Ideas Good for the Nine Days (and beyond!)