green beans wrapped in bacon

November 21, 2012

happy thanksgiving eve! we have friends visiting, and i am trapped in a happy bubble. good friends just make you laugh the way no one else does, do you know what I mean? it’s so good for the soul. i hoped to share this recipe with you earlier today, but one good thing lead to another, and now before i head off to bed, i must get this posted!

if it isn’t too late to add this to your Thanksgiving menu, or you happen to be serving green beans and have bacon in the fridge, i cannot recommend this recipe enough!

you will need: to serve approximately 12-18

* one pound fresh green beans
* two pounds bacon
* water
* salt

to start,


uncle bob’s salsa

October 9, 2012

my uncle bob is a foodie at heart, and while staying with him we were lucky enough to try and devour a wholeheckuvalot of his homemade salsa.

…we returned home from washington state, and i made it the next day because i was craving it something fierce!

i can’t recommend this recipe enough!

if possible, use all fresh ingredients. if not, i understand – the first evening i made this, after three stores i could not find fresh banana peppers and had to go for canned, shown in the picture above. {it was still amazing.}

the main ingredient is the banana peppers, so keep a higher ratio of those in comparison to the other items.


ziplock omelets

September 30, 2012

{recipe via sue & irv’s kitchen}

did you know you can make an omelette in ziploc bag? it’s true, my friends. no omlette pan, no flipping, no breaking. just pure and simple egg goodness.

you will need:
* zip-lock bags
* sharpie marker – to write names on the bags for identity.
* 2 eggs per omelet
* your choice of omelet add-ins: ham, cheese, peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc.

set a large pot of water to boil. meanwhile, crack the eggs into the bag, and shake to combine them. put in your ingredients and shake gently to combine.

before placing the bags in the boiling water,


the fourth.

July 4, 2012

despite the fact that we spent the first half of our day eating sushi on top of moving boxes, (come on, sushi should be granted american status by now)… our independence day was just perfect.

our first fourth of july in new england was filled with a traditional celebration. this is one of my favorite holidays, and while we kept things fairly low-key this year {since we had just moved five days prior to the holiday}, i still adore the community kumbaya feeling as you spend time with neighbors and friends.

instagrams of our all-american day:

i tried two new recipes for our american birthday cake –


when grandma came to visit, she spent some time in the kitchen with these two monkeys making her famous cookies —

to make –


1 cup crisco
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt

shape into cookie balls, place on greased pan, press with a fork, bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.

{photos by me.}


wheat berries & edamame

March 6, 2012

husband and i attended a dinner party here in boston in January – where the above appetizer was served. it’s a mix of wheat berries, shelled edamame, seasoned with freshly squeezed lemon, sea salt, and pepper. served on endive. since having this delicious appetizer at the dinner party, i have made it twice. once at home for lunch and once in utah for another party. i prefer the mix served on green leafy lettuce, the endive is a bit bitter but makes it look prettier. so, it’s your choice what type of lettuce you serve this on. the dish is not packed with too many flavors, but it’s fresh, easy, and addictive.

if you are new to wheat berries,