Cold Shrimp and Rice Noodle Salad

I’ve been writing recipes like mad lately, and I had my whole freezer stocked with the goodies for my “Light Summer Series”, of which I was going to start photographing this week.  One recipe per day, I figured.  It was a perfect plan!  Until my two-year-old turned off the freezer night-before-last and I woke up to six pounds of defrosting shrimp. Six pounds of defrosting shrimp, five pounds of defrosting chicken tenderloins, four pounds of defrosting ground turkey and eight pounds of defrosting berries. Needless to say, my summer recipe photography got a fairly aggressive kick-start yesterday. Oh, I was frustrated alright.  I really didn’t […]

An Old-Fashioned Cakewalk Cake for My Son

My fifth child is in first grade already!  I can’t believe it.  It seems like only yesterday that he was bounding all over the house in a diaper and a ninja costume. Every year my kids’ elementary school has an old-fashioned “fall festival”.  Think Pollyanna and the bazaar.  Really neat stuff. My son was so excited that his first grade class was in charge of the cakewalk.  He knows cake is “my thing” and he could not wait to see what I would come up with.  . I didn’t want to disappoint him with something below my skill level (believe me…he was watching), […]

True Love’s Beef Stew

I met my husband when I was only eighteen.  I may have been only eighteen, but I was smart.  I thought to myself, “He’s the one”.  And then I set about to convince him that I was the one for him. Since my only training in romance had come from Janet Jackson and Madonna songs, and since things didn’t seem to be working too well for those ladies, I decided to just the opposite of what their songs told us all to do. “What Have You Done for Me Lately”, by Janet Jackson made a big impression on me.  It was supposed to be empowering, I suppose, but […]

Fresh Tomato and Basil Soup

Back on my Carrot and Coriander Soup post, I said that almost every soup in the world starts with an onion.  Well, this creamy fresh tomato and basil soup would be the exception to that rule. Soup-making is such an important and useful skill. Clearly, these tomatoes are past their prime.  I wouldn’t want to put them on my salad, would you? That’s why having a few cooking skills in your back pocket is so nice.  You can really reduce the amount of waste your home produces by knowing how to use up fresh ingredients after they get a little wilted and worn. To make a […]

Banana Butter Rum Cake

It all started with seven overripe bananas and more rum than should be legal before noon. And it ended with this really delicious cake. But let’s start from the beginning. Hello. Nemesis. Oh, how I hate bananas.  Always speed-ripening.  Never the same from day to day.  Like avocados, but SO NOT avocados. And the pressure.  The pressure to make something out of these dang things when no one will eat them anymore. I will only eat bananas when I absolutely have to.  Like when I’m pregnant, living in a hot climate and in need of potassium.  I do like bananas when they are […]