Lovin from the oven…

Theme: Casseroles When most of us think about home cooked comfort food soups, stews and casseroles tend to come to mind. My mom made excellent tuna casserole and I have yet to have one that’s any better or even comes close. Probably because our tuna was nice and fresh and canned by my parents instead…

Add a little SALT to your life!

Theme: Salt In my opinion salt does not get enough credit in the culinary world. Other seasoning and ingredients always seem to out shine it when discussing a dish, but when was the last time you cooked something with out salt. It’s probably one of the most important parts of a dish since the amount…

October or Oktober?

Theme: Oktoberfest Every year in September my family and I would take a short drive to Mt. Angel for Oktoberfest. I would always get a flower hair wreath and look at all the fun little nicknacks you could buy. I honestly can’t remember what we would eat when we were there except the warm apple…

Everyday is a picnic when you’re with friends!

Theme: Deli Foods Hummm…. deli foods. Basically already prepared foods sold at your local grocery store such as cold pasta or potato salads. Also a variety of cured meats. Not a lot to work with, but hey I do not choose the themes. Sometimes the simplest of things can be the hardest. Honestly my mind…

Seoul Soup

Theme: Korean Korean food is always an interesting topic for me. People always ask what is my specialty and what kind of Korean food do I like to cook. The answer is none. It is the cuisine that is the least familiar to me which is funny since I am Korean. From the time I…

Makin Bacon!

Theme: Tailgating I personally have never been to a tailgating party before which is kind of funny considering I came from a family that loves their football and basketball. My brother played every sport he could and between my dad and him ESPN was always on in the house. For those of you who do…

Know your “Benedict”

Theme: Stacked Breakfast is one of my favorite types of dishes to eat, just not at breakfast time. What can I say I’m a complicated girl sometimes. My all time favorite breakfast dish is eggs benedict. I love Biscuits, poached eggs, bacon and of course hollandaise sauce, so this is obviously the perfect dish for…

Curd your enthusiasm!

Theme: American Midwest I will be honest… I really do not know very much about the Midwest besides that the Great Lakes are there, Chicago is known for its deep dish pizzas and Midwest people love their cheese. So what do you do when someone tells you to make something authentic from the Midwest but…

Batter up!

Theme: Batter When my husband and I bought our property 6 years ago there wasn’t a single plant and only a couple eucalyptus trees. 2.4 acres of dirt and rock. Sound pretty doesn’t it (dripping with sarcasm). My husband loves being out doors and gardening, me not so much. I like the beautiful end result…

Feeling nostalgic….

Theme: Midnight Snacks This time of year fairs are happening everywhere. I grew up in Salem Oregon and we would go to the Oregon State Fair every year. Mostly for the food and to look at the animals. We had specific things that we liked to get every year. You had to have a corn…

Toss Your Salad In The Air Like You Don’t Care!

Theme: Salad My husband is always bugging me to make more salads or as he puts it “fancy salads so we can eat healthier.” He thinks salads are a simple task because less cooking is involved, but in my reality it usually takes me longer. Lots of chopping involved. And all though veggies are healthy…

A Great Artist Can Come From Anywhere…

Theme: Inspired By Magic The word magic can mean different things to different people. That term is used so loosely like the word love. We love our family, we love our bed, we love potatoes. Clearly they all mean different things to us. So when I think of something magical I relate it closely with…