As I mentioned in my last post, my family and I just returned from our annual trip to the Oregon Coast, where we spent three (rather chilly) days making sandcastles, eating massive amounts of saltwater taffy, and warming ourselves next to smoldering bonfires. Our beachside dinners are nothing special; just the typical grilled hot dogs, store-bought potato salad, and, of course, s’mores. But the s’mores, mind you, we take very seriously. Between my nephew’s raging sweet tooth and my dad’s brilliant homemade bonfire forks, s’mores have quickly become the main attraction of our trip. This year I decided to shake things up a bit with two different flavors of s’mores, which we started referring to as G’mores (gourmet s’mores). Both variations (Strawberries & Cream and Triple Chocolate) got the seal of approval from my sugar-obsessed nephew (and the rest of the clan), which was all the taste-testing I needed. So with tomorrow being Labor Day and the vast majority of us camping or grilling out, why not try a new twist on this all-American favorite? Continue reading
Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone! I’ve been a little slow to post this past week because we just returned from vacation and I’ve been buried under piles of laundry and welcome-home-chores, however, I’m back and I’m ready to share our trip with you.
As I said, we just returned from our annual summer trip to the Pacific Northwest (home for us) and our yearly pilgrimage to the beach. Every summer my entire extended family packs up their shovels & pails, camping gear (although we never end up camping out on the beach), and my dad’s custom campfire forks (more about that in a later post) and heads south to the Oregon Coast. Although there are many salty, windswept towns to lodge in, we always stay at Cannon Beach. Located just 80 miles NW of Portland and 200 miles due South of Seattle, this seaside town provides miles and miles of beautiful beach, tons of great restaurants, and more shops and art galleries than you can shake a stick at. Take a look at some of the highlights of our trip…
A panoramic view of Cannon Beach Continue reading
Arancini is a traditional Sicilian dish made of little balls of rice that have been rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs, then fried in oil. Yum, right?! The rice (or risotto) can be left as-is or stuffed with a variety of tidbits like cheese, ham, peas, or my personal favorite, olives. The first time I tasted one of these mouthwatering flavor bombs was on a walking food tour through Greenwich Village while I was living in Manhattan. I was handed this crispy round thing that looked a little bit like a hushpuppy, but was so much better. Since then, I’ve seen them on menus at the occasional Italian restaurant, but not nearly as much as I’d like to (seriously, these things need to become more mainstream!) – so I decided to make them myself. And share them with you. Because I’m nice like that. Continue reading
Whew! What a whirlwind month we’ve had! After recovering from our crazy move to Texas, fighting a constant battle with our new internet provider, and taking an exhausting two week, action-packed trip to the Pacific Northwest, I’m finally home and ready to start cooking and blogging again! But first let me fill you in on the second half of our Alaskan cruise. As you’ll see from the photos below, we had an awesome time, saw some incredible sights, and ate and drank WAY too much (in case you’re wondering why my next couple posts may be heavy on the salads).
In my last blog post I left off at the beginning of Day 3, just before we disembarked at our first port of call in Juneau, so naturally, that’s where I’ll pick up. Continue reading
We’re two days into our Alaskan cruise and enjoying ourselves immensely. After a somewhat rocky day at sea yesterday, we’re happy to be docking in Juneau, our first port of call. While we’re waiting to disembark I thought I’d post some highlights of our trip so far… Continue reading
Long time no see!
First of all let me start off by recognizing that my pants are on fire. In my last post I said that I wouldn’t neglect my blogging responsibilities during our southbound move, and I did. I lied and I’m sorry, we had a rocky transition from Kansas to Texas. What was supposed to be an easy door-to-door move spanning a couple days ended up being a comedy of errors that left us without furniture or internet for nearly two weeks. In fact, the only reason I’m able to post this blog is because I’m sitting in the Dallas airport enjoying free wifi while waiting for my flight to Seattle — we decided to hop a last-minute cruise to Alaska for a quick vaca before heading back to our new house to finish unpacking the mountain of boxes that are anxiously awaiting us. I appreciate ya’ll (yes, you can look forward to me use “ya’ll” from here on out) being patient with me. I promise I’ll be back to posting recipes soon. In the meantime, check out some photos I took during our move… Continue reading
Being at the whim of the Army we are occasionally (and by occasionally I mean every 1-2 years) asked to pack our bags and make home in a new state. For the past 12 months we’ve enjoyed living in and blogging from Kansas, with its four seasons, its picturesque farmland, and its Mid-Western comfort food, but all good things must come to an end, and so it’s time to mosey along and get acquainted another part of the country.
Where are we going, you ask? Well I’ll tell you. Drumroll please……. Continue reading