The three most dreaded words in my vocabulary “Bathing Suit Season”. It’s not that I have an issue wearing one, I hate shopping for them. Come on, Girls out there… Please tell me you have my back. It could nearly be classified as torture. I have to psych myself up for the task, give myself a little pep talk and promise myself a reward if I get it accomplished in record time.
When life gives you lemons, make a vinaigrette ~ Me.
The point is, we are eating ALOT of salads these days. We always eat salad, but lately we are eating enough greens for a small village. We have a few favorites, like this Butternut Arugula Salad, but I like to change it up fairly often. One of the best ways to do that is with the dressing. Last year, we were at a family reunion and I was lucky enough to score 2 lbs of raw honey from a cousin who has bees. That honey is incredible and makes the best vinaigrettes! Making your own vinaigrette at home takes about 5 minutes and one of the advantages in doing it yourself is total control over the ingredients. You know exactly what is in there. No red dye #5, no high-fructose corn syrup, no need for a PhD to decipher ingredients! Just squeeze a few lemons, add in a little honey, blitz it & stir in whole grain mustard. Easy Peasy, Lemony Squeezy.
This vinaigrette is good for more than just salad, I use it in a summer pasta salad (post coming soon) and it’s a great marinade for chicken! This recipe makes about 3 cups of dressing and it will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 – 7 days. Five minutes of work for a vinaigrette you can use all week! That’s a pretty good deal.
Honey Lemon Vinaigrette with Whole Grain Mustard
A light homemade salad dressing with honey, lemon and mustard
The Kitchen Prescription. This tea has been my “go-to” for years when I’m under the weather. Lemon, mint, ginger and honey tea soothes your throat and warms you up to get you get through even the worst colds. Winter in most of the northern states is serious. Temperatures hovering in the single digits for weeks on end, plummeting to -20 at night, leaving you so cold that you simply can not shake the chill no matter how many layers you pile on. I hate winter, let me rephrase: I loathe winter. I loathe the snow and ice, the freezing temperatures, the slipping and sliding down sidewalks that haven’t been cleaned, chipping an inch of ice from the windshield, car doors that are frozen shut… You get the picture.
And then you get sick. Watery eyes, stuffy nose, scratchy throat and a cough that rattles your insides like gunfire. You have been taken down by the common cold. Once it gets you, it takes weeks until you start to feel human again.
Getting dinner on the table in record time is a priority, but clean up… yes, clean up is the real deal breaker. If I have a recipe that requires me to use separate bowls and pans for everything, I’m less likely to make it during the week, or maybe at all.
When I was cooking in restaurants or in catering, I rarely had to think about the amount of dirty dishes. Now that I have my own business, there is no (paid) dishwasher! And might I just say, the dishwashers are the unsung heroes of restaurant and catering kitchens everywhere! Without them, things would come to a screeching halt, so thank you… Thank You to all the dishwashers who have cleaned up after me.
As my friends lovingly send me “friendly reminders” that they need recipes for dinner that are healthy, fast, easy and inexpensive with minor clean-up and “oh, if only you were here to cook for me” … I give you this Honey Chipotle Salmon. I’m hoping you will love it as much as I did, but if your family (or a certain friend who refuses to eat what she deems ‘fish food’) is not a fan of salmon, feel free to swap it out for chicken.
Sometimes it’s as if people are dropped into your life out of the blue. This is the story of one such person. I was lucky enough to have made a connection with another food blogger and Pastry Chef. We “met” through Facebook & Twitter. Like many other food bloggers, we are on each others pages. We offer support, ask questions and weigh in on life-altering discussions about butter and how best to photograph one’s creations.
During the course of a few months, we discovered how very much alike we are… although she is definitely the nicer one. She has become my “Sissy” and this happened the day I met her in person. Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again. Shopping for school clothes, temper tantrums over getting up early once more, begging and pleading “please don’t make me go”, etc… and that is just the teachers.
Granola is hardly a revolutionary breakfast, but it is a great way to start your day & when turned into bars it’s a hand-held portable breakfast which can come in very handy when you’ve hit “snooze” one too many times.
Now, before you roll your eyes at the mere mention of granola, let me preface it by saying you do not have to be a Birkenstock wearing, tree hugging, peace-lovin’ hippie clad in tie dye to appreciate it.
(Just because I happen to be a few of those things has nothing to do with it…)
I have this nonsensical love of the Golden Girls, to the extent that I kind of want to be them when I grow up. Not any one of them in particular (although Blanche certainly had lots of fun), but more of an amalgamation of them.
Dorothy’s intelligence and dry wit, Rose’s willingness to always see the good in people, Sophia’s crass humor and we’ve already covered Blanche’s obvious contribution to the mix.
I can fully appreciate sitting around the kitchen table with an entire (yes, an ENTIRE) cheesecake to work out life’s woes with your best pals, but my fascination is the lanai… Just the word makes you relax a bit , doesn’t it? (go ahead, say it aloud… I’ll wait)
I remember hearing that word as a fourteen year old kid watching this show and not even knowing what it was, but liking sound of it.
Eventually, when I pieced together what a “lanai” actually was, I thought to myself “oh yeah, that’s for me”…