Food

Putting the Veggies in Veggetti

Putting the Veggies in Veggetti

“What’s for dinner tonight?” my husband asked, inhaling deeply as he lifted the top off a simmering pot of tomato sauce. I shooed him away. “We’re having Spaghetti Marinara.” “Cool,” he said. “But I thought we were eating gluten-free?” “We are,” I assured him. “But pasta isn’t gluten-free.” “It’s not actually spaghetti,” I said. “It’s Veggetti.” “Veggetti?” he repeated. “Yeah.…

A Cronut by Any Other Name

A Cronut by Any Other Name

“Ummm, this is good,” said my husband with a mouthful of food. “What is it?” I looked up from the kitchen sink where I was doing dishes.  “It’s a cronut.” “A what?” “A cronut.  It’s part croissant part doughnut.” He looked at me like I had two heads. “I was actually going to get some duffins, but the cronuts looked…

The Mean Old Turkey of Turkeyville

The Mean Old Turkey of Turkeyville

Clearly the wild turkey that was standing in the middle of the road had not heard about the roast turkey I made for dinner last week or he might have moved at a slightly faster pace. However, this turkey seemed in no hurry to go anywhere… but I was. Had it been the size of a normal turkey, I would…

The French Connection

The French Connection

I’m having an affair. My kids know, of course, because they’re often with me when it happens. I know its wrong, but no matter how many promises I make to myself, I seem unable to stop it.  Much as I hate to admit it, I’m in love… with French fries. I truly loathe my weakness.  I know it’s bad for…

Chock it to Me

Chock it to Me

Every so often I get an email of doom from a friend that they got from another friend that had been circulated around the email universe for a year or more.   The latest one I received warned that we are on the verge of a severe Global Chocolate Shortage. I immediately had my doubts. But since this was chocolate they…

Darnit, that’s One Good, Dang Diner

Darnit, that’s One Good, Dang Diner

“Hey Mom, I’m hungry, can we stop for something to eat?” inquired one of my offspring. “Sure,” I said, looking out the car window.  “How ‘bout we go to that Dam Diner.” “TRACY!” yelled my husband. “What?” I replied, smirking.  “That’s what it’s called: ‘The Dam Diner.’” I pointed out the window to a restaurant coming up on the right.  It…

Tracy and the Chocolate Factory

Tracy and the Chocolate Factory

Every so often I get an email of doom that has been sent to me along with everyone else on the planet. The latest one I received warned that we are on the verge of a severe Global Chocolate Shortage.   The alleged cause is a combination of high demand and some alienesque choco-viruses that are attacking our beloved cocoa beans.…

Out of the Cast Iron Pan and into the Fire

Out of the Cast Iron Pan and into the Fire

When a friend gave me a gift of a cast iron pan, I was very appreciative. She’s a great cook and she swore by her great-grandmother’s hand-me-down cast iron pan. Apparently it had been in the family since they migrated east from the great plains in the 1800’s where they used to cook scorpions in their cast iron pans over an open flame…