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Spaghetti Puttanesca

Spaghetti Puttanesca

Pasta is a food that most people like. There are tons of variations, and it can be really quick and easy to make. Unfortunately, it sometimes gets a bad reputation for being unhealthy, or “fattening”. The good news is that pasta (like most foods) can easily fit into a healthy diet, assuming portion sizes are reasonable. Did you know that one serving of pasta is only 1/2 cup, cooked? That is a pretty small amount. If you went to a restaurant, you’d likely get at least 4 times that amount, if not way more. That can be a whole day’s worth … Read more…

Road Trip with a Toddler, Version 2.0

Beach 1

Guess what, I’m back home in Wisconsin, which means I survived the 26+ hour road trip from Nova Scotia with my parents and my 2 year old. Everyone survived, and there was no screaming or yelling (at least, not much).  However, I was a delinquent Mom/blogger/wife and did not (despite the constant reminders from Hubby) take any pictures on the road (at least on my camera. To my defense, I did snap a few on my smartphone). But I did take some in Nova Scotia.  Our route was as follows: the cottage in Nova Scotia, through New Brunswick. We crossed the … Read more…

Smoky Chipotle Burgers with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Smoky chipotle burger

Burgers are one of those things that anyone can like. It’s because they’re versatile. Anyone can find something they like. Whether it is traditional, with minimal toppings or loaded with unusual toppings like fried eggs or peanut butter. You can even take your pick of meat choices – beef of course is standard. You can also choose from turkey, chicken, or fish. I would say this Smoky Chipotle Burger with Homemade BBQ Sauce is the middle of the road. It’s a step up from your basic fast food burger, but not loaded with fancy toppings either.  The patties for this burger are … Read more…

Greek Tzatziki Dip with Cucumber and Dill

Tzatziki

I’m in week two of vacation right now. I have now written exactly 2 blog posts since leaving home. I thought I would write more, but it turns out I am in full on relax-o mode. Oh well, so be it. That’s what happens when there is a beach right outside your front door. I also wanted to share some pictures that I’ve taken here, but it turns out that I forgot my camera cable, so there is no way for me to get my photos from camera, to the blogoshpere. So you will all have to wait until I … Read more…

Garden Wrap-up: What I Learned from My First Year of “Real” Gardening

mature garden bed

Seeing as I’m on day 4 of my Fall Maritime vacation, and 1700 miles from home, I’m pretty far removed from gardening right now. That means that much of the end of season wrap-up work might get delegated to hubby. Or it will just be waiting for me when I get home. Who knows. There is actually not much left to do, since I didn’t really plant any root vegetables. All of my plants are pretty much done. The only thing left are the carrots, and I’m not sure that they will ever really be ready since they were not thinned. … Read more…

How to Make Dried Fruit without a Food Dehydrator

How to Dry Prunes

Guess what I did! That’s right, I made my own prunes! Last weekend we went to Costco, and I apparently I forgot I was leaving on a 3 week long trip in a week, and bought a 5lb box of prune plums. Or maybe I thought I could eat 5lbs of prune plums in a week. Turns out that I cannot. Also turns out that I  am the only one in the house who will eat them. Needless to say, Thursday rolled around and I was left with about 4lbs of prune plums. Always hating to be a waster, I … Read more…

Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake with Ganache Frosting

Slice of beet cake 3

Are you in need of a new cake recipe? Particularly one that can be served at a fancy dinner party or for a special occasion? How about one that’s so dense and fudgy that it feels like you’re eating a double layered brownie? If so, this Fudgy Chocolate Beet Cake with Ganache Frosting is a recipe for you. But…before I talk more about this cake, I want to talk about the old blog for a bit. You may have noticed that my posts haven’t been quite as frequent for the past couple of weeks. Turns out, I’m going to be … Read more…

Spicy Szechuan Green Beans

Szechuan green beans

I love ethnic food. Pretty much all types, but generally anything Asian is my favorite. I love eating it at restaurants, and I love experimenting with it at home. The only problem with cooking ethnic food at home is that sometimes it can be hard to find authentic ingredients. I find this especially true now that I live in a smaller city with a smaller Asian population. There are a few small Asian markets around, but they are definitely not the Asian super-stores that I am used to at home (oh T&T, how I miss you!). The good news about these … Read more…

Best Ever Light Ranch Dressing and Dip

Ranch dressing with vegetables

Do you have a spare 15 minutes? Because if you do, you have time to make your own Best Ever Light Ranch Dressing and Dip. Before coming across a recipe for ranch dressing a few months ago as I was looking for some ideas for homemade salad dressing, it never would have occurred to me to make ranch dressing. Aside from “something creamy”, I would have had no idea what the ingredients would even be. From ranch dressing in a bottle, I knew there were flecks of green stuff in it, but could not tell you what they were. To me, ranch … Read more…

Lighter Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup

Cream of tomato soup

Can you believe summer is coming to an end? I can’t, or at least I refuse to believe it. What makes it even harder to believe is the fact that this weekend has been the hottest our little corner of Wisconsin has seen all summer. With late summer (and ahem…fall) comes a bounty of garden vegetables. My zucchini seem to be (sort of) tapering off the past week or so, but my tomatoes are turning red like crazy! I’ve got 4 or 5 different varieties. Some big, some small, some orangey, some pinkish, all delicious.  I’ve got a couple of … Read more…