5 Year Caramel-Pear Tart

Pears in Dark Caramel

So it appears that my OCD continues to raise its ugly head. Once I came out from under the bushels of fruit and canning jars, I somehow couldn’t turn it off. The fruit was still calling to me. It was all I thought about. Or nearly so. Probably has something to do with the fact … Continue reading

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Trying to Kill Myself, the Hard Way

Purple Brussels Sprout

For the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to kill myself. The slow, painful way: In the kitchen. At this time, I am sporting a dozen or so injuries. I have sliced, burned, chopped, and grated the fingers of my hands. I have burned my forearms. I have dropped things onto my head … Continue reading

What better way to celebrate Leap Day?


Nothing says Leap Day like homemade pop tarts. OK, that is a bit of a stretch, but I honestly have been sick for weeks now and that is the best I could come up with. If I hadn’t been doped up on cough syrup for the past 4 weeks, I might have gotten pithy and … Continue reading

VIDEO POST: My Famous Lemon-Rosemary Chicken


In an attempt to learn to make videos and use them to teach more about my cooking than simply blogging about them can do, I decided that I would start with chicken. Why not? This is the first installment of three videos showing what you can do with a simple roasting chicken. To start, I … Continue reading

Fasting? What the…?!

Does fasting look like this?

I have been reading lots of posts about resolutions. A lot of them include fasting as part of starting the New Year off right, or at least making penance for the holidays. I must admit, I have never considered fasting for even a minute. I am not saying I shouldn’t have. I am as gluttonous, … Continue reading


Ornate Gingerbread

Seattle is located pretty far North. Forty-seven degrees North to be exact. With this, we get super long days in the summer and very short days in the winter. Not like Alaska, mind you, but as good as it gets in the continental US. I actually like the weather here, most of the time, despite … Continue reading


Kids Eating S'mores

I have been obviously missing in action of late. Ever since the kids got out of school for summer vacation, I have been otherwise occupied. My time has been spent doing everything from puppy training, to yard work, to various excursions and regular chores. The kids and I made a plan to tackle a different … Continue reading


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