the Kitchen NOTEBOOK

Last year, I was given a lovely coil calendar notebook I didn’t really need (I’d just bought one in my usual favorite style) that turned out to be EXACTLY what I didn’t know I needed! Don’t you L O V E when that happens?! LOL It’s no secret that I love a good dinner party,…

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KITCHEN outlook | Celebrating Home While in Quarantine

No doubt it’s an interesting time around the world right now. With everyone in quarantine, we’re having to focus sharper inward while still standing strong with the city / country / world we love. If there’s a silver lining, for me, it’s an opportunity to genuinely celebrate HOME. We are lucky. VERY lucky. We more…

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today’s KITCHEN | Quarantine Eating – Week Two

Better late than never! This was last weeks ‘Quarantine Eating’. I’ve been so busy cooking, I’m behind! I’m as stubbornly determined as ever to make my way through at least one of our freezers and the pantry. I feel like it’s a losing battle, trying to eat our way through this COVID-19 quarantine. Yesterday I…

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KITCHEN outlook | Cooking as a Therapeutic Way to Cope with Stress

It’s not surprising at all that Cooking can relieve stress. The therapeutic actions of cutting, chopping and stirring combined with the bright colors and interesting textures have long benefited my own mental health. What could be a better way to relax and breathe during the current pandemic quarantine, especially when time currently isn’t as big…

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Tips to Shop + Eat Efficiently During a Quarantine

That is the strangest title I’ve honestly ever written! But – so relevant. Not just for the current Coronavirus, but really any kind of local or global happening that could have a similar effect on our human way of life, bringing us to some sort of quarantine. Good thing I’ve got some tips for you…

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Quarantine Eating during Coronavirus – Week One

Needing some food ideas / tips for this crazy, quarantine time-out? It just feels strange writing that… But this is our world as of March 2020, I suppose. I’m very fortunate in general – I have a warm house to seclude in, work I do from home, and 3 freezers worth of food to get…

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GARDENING | What to Plant for Cooks

It’s that happy and dreaded time of year when all the little seedlings take over 75% of my Kitchen counter for a few MONTHS – LOL! Coincidentally, it’s also that time of year when Hubby asks me almost hourly “how much longer will these THINGS be on the counter?!”… Over the past 15 years here…

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about last NIGHT | 20.03.05 an Engagement Party!

One of the reasons I’m planning to go all-out for my big 5-0 next year is that I know that the decade after that will be chock-full of engagements, weddings, babies, and other big life markers (not necessarily in that order LOL) from my own daughters, I’m sure, to my younger friends such as my…

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about last NIGHT | 20.03.01 Mix n Match Cooking

Are you a menu-planner, or a wing-it kind of person?I’m definitely somewhere in between – I start out all plann’y, but always end up winging it. Sometimes it works, but sometimes I could have used a little more planning LOL. There was no rhyme or reason for Sunday’s dinner for 10 – just things I…

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about last NIGHT | 20.02.23 Chiles Rellenos

It isn’t every night a world-famous Artist of proud Mexican heritage offers to teach you an authentic dish! Ok, so it happens this is our third such meal, but who’s counting?! Bring.Em.On. After the lovely Miriam Aroeste had led previous dinner crowds through Tortilla Soup (and yes, we crisped all the tortillas ourselves!) and Pozole,…

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