Broccoli Cheddar & Sweet Potato Soup

I’ve always loved cooking and baking so my perspective on making dinner is one that includes deep enjoyment and satisfaction in the process of cooking. Because of my love of cooking, I read a lot about cooking on blogs and I join discussions about it on blogging forums. Frustration in getting people to cook from scratch is a common issue that is raised. Something that does bother me when I see threads on forums on this topic is the amount of judgement directed to people who do not have home cooked food on a regular basis. As someone who loves to […]

Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese with butternut squash puree mixed in with the cheese sauce.

Breaking a Pregnancy Taboo (oh and a baby announcement) I don’t know how to talk about this so most of the time I keep very quiet. You see, I’m breaking a very serious rule about pregnancy. The rule is that you are supposed to be so happy to be pregnant. There are permissible modifiers to this rule and they include: you can be unhappy or even miserable (but only in a physical sense) because of terrible pregnancy symptoms and you are allowed to be worried about the well-being of the baby. What you can’t be is thrown into a serious […]

Cheese Cappelletti Updated

Baked Cheese Cappelletti

I’ve been thinking a lot about expectations lately. I don’t mean societal expectations on a grand scale, what I have been thinking about are the expectations that I have of myself. These expectations fall short of my reality and I am shockingly unkind to myself about it. I don’t aspire to be June Cleaver keeping a perfect home but I am picky about meals. I also only really want to cook when I’m in a good mood which doesn’t happen very often. My son rejoices when I pull out the box of chicken fingers from the freezer or, better yet, […]

Seeds and Almond Savoury Praline

Sweet & Savoury Praline

Up Your Salad Game… I really hate croutons. I’ve made them a few times and they are a bit better than the store bought ones that are essentially little bread rocks that are tossed onto salads. At least with the homemade variety you can get your fork into them since they are essentially toasted oil soaked bread chunks that are still a little soft. It could be that I’m just a klutz at eating salads so that whenever I try to get a crouton onto my fork, it slips and crashes into the plate with enough of a racket that […]

Roasted Broccoli with Brown Butter and Soy Sauce

Roasted Broccoli with Brown Butter and Soy

Over the past few months my little family has been overwhelmed with the after school activities of my 6 year old. These are activities that I had signed him up for without fully understanding the chaos it would throw our evenings into. At one point he was in four different activities and we were going crazy. We have cut back and now he is down to two activities and soon t-ball will be over for the year which will just leave Kung Fu. Thank the Lord! If he were still an only child it would all be a breeze, but […]

Chocolate Teff Crepes

Chocolate Teff Crepes

I’ve never really thought of myself as a perfectionist. I always thought of perfectionists as those people with lovely handwriting and Martha Stewart level obsessiveness when it comes to every aspect of their life. I was pondering this because I have become stalled when it comes to this blog, amongst other things. I’m trying to get to the root of this problem and one of the reasons I haven’t been blogging is that I want everything to be perfect. I want what I write to be witty and interesting. I want the photos to be just right, and the recipes […]

Crunchy Maple Granola

There are many days where it feels like I am busy all day but get nothing done. The kitchen is a disaster, the toys are everywhere and dinner ends up being sub-par to say the least. We usually end up eating at the counter on the stools because when dinner rolls around, I just couldn’t manage to get the table even partly cleared so we could eat there before Kit starts freaking out from being hangry. I feel like I’ve been trying to clear the kitchen table for weeks and it still has mail, and other detritus all over it. After the kitchen […]