Keftedes (Greek Meatballs with Raisins and Pine Nuts)

20180212_183722One of the wonderful (i.e. infuriating) things about traditional dishes is pinning down a set recipe.  Then there are those baffling steps that make you wonder why they are even done.  In the end it comes down to whom you asked, which region they are from, and what they even like as to what information and advice they give you.

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Moving Generally Sucks

20180225_104530We were helping my sister-in-law move this weekend and it reminded me how much I consider myself fortunate that I didn’t have to do a lot of moving while growing up.  Then I reached my early 20s and made up for all of that lack of packing, and sometimes it feels like I haven’t stopped!

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Easy Cheesy Salsa Chicken

20181114_152547You know you’re from California if you are a Mexican food snob.  Yes, I know other states have a lot of Mexican influences in their cuisine, but that doesn’t mean it’s good.  Just kidding! (not really)

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Fruit “Leather”

20180625_162929My parents have fruit trees.  They are prolific producers.  We have fruit trees.  They, too, are prolific producers.  Great!  Not so fast.

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Great Lent

13131646_10209283437745925_7332453790807098832_oAh, Great Lent.  That multi-week period of time where every orthodox child develops a love-hate relationship with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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Storing Leafy Greens

20180220_074735Shocking but true, I don’t always have time to go harvest my leafy greens before each and every meal, nor the desire.  And sometimes, I have to “cheat” and buy my goodies from the store (insert fake gasp here).  Continue reading Storing Leafy Greens

That Circle of Life Thing

All of nature is centered on the premise of “survival of the fittest”.  As I like to tell my students, the struggle is real.

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Sourdough Waffles

20200314_150800I cringe at the idea that waffles should be nothing more than a vessel for syrup and butter.  Don’t get me wrong, that creamy and sweet “waffle juice” is nothing short of nectar of the gods, but having super sugary waffles just makes the experience a little too sickly-sweet for my taste.

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These Are a Few of My Favorite… Views?!

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With all the lovely plants I have in my garden (and I really have a lot), there are plenty of pleasant places throughout the year that I can gaze upon.  So it makes perfect sense that the most cluttered and untidy part would be my favorite, right?

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Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. italica)

20180203_095251Being in zone 9 makes growing cool weather crops a bit of a challenge, especially if you are trying to follow the instructions usually given on seed packets.  I finally gave up and used science as my guide.  What do you know, it worked.

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