Monthly Archives: April 2015

Turkey Meatballs with Buttermilk Belgian Gravy

Good morning boys and girls.  Today I want to talk to you about meatballs;  those little globs of meat that rule atop Old Smokey or, in this case, in a bowl with gravy. These meatballs don’t have their own song, but they are quite tasty and the gravy is even better. Continue reading Turkey Meatballs with Buttermilk Belgian Gravy


German Pancake with Garlic & Thyme

Today’s little treat is buttery and garlicky and a recent divergence from a recipe I’ve loved  for decades.  German Pancake has always been a favorite breakfast of mine and I’ve never been one to overshadow its simple deliciousness with the profanity of syrup or honey or even my Grandma’s fresh strawberry jam. (I’ll be sharing that one when the summer’s sweetest bounty graces us with its presence.)  It’s always been the perfect blend of eggs, flour, milk, and butter and a curse on anyone who dare temper with this zenith of breakfast perfection. Continue reading German Pancake with Garlic & Thyme

Chicken Tikka Masala…with a little twist

I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about Indian food. But I do know this,  I love what I’ve had  and have gotten pretty darn good at cooking it.  Be that as it may, I’ve yet to delve into the inner workings of that massive country’s cuisine whose flavors just explode in your mouth and always leave me wanting more. Continue reading Chicken Tikka Masala…with a little twist

Change of focus?

So, it’s been 22 days shy of 12 months since my last post…huh, I guess the weekly thing didn’t work out so well.  I am, however, reminded of a quote by Henry David Thoreau, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”   Well, I learned that a weekly update on something that proved to be one disappointing step after another is not a thing at which I excel.  Shocker!  I also learned that my dream department wasn’t such a dream and it sent me into a bit of a funk.

I did end up meeting with the department head while I was in Minnesota last May and she was very nice.  The catch to an otherwise good meeting was learning of her team’s extensive travel.  Perhaps in 10 years, I’d be open to that life, but right now my life is being home for my family.  That’s my life and it’s the life I want.  I haven’t given up on a career in event planning, but I know I’ll have to work for a different company if I want to move to Minneapolis and not travel much.  To that end, I’ve been volunteering with the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in planning their 14th Annual Golf Classic.  It’s been fun, educational and a good step in the right direction.

Fast forward to April 7th, 2015…

Yesterday, I saw a job posting for a writer for and it shook me. From as far back as my memory will serve, food has been a source of great joy and yesterday, I wanted it to be more than a hobby.

Before starting school, I would go grocery shopping with my mom while my brothers learned to read and write and other such academic pursuits.  When kindergarten came for me, this could not stand and I ordered my mother to not go grocery shopping without me!  I don’t think it worked, but to this day, the grocery store is my sanctuary.  A place to lazily tick through the numbers on my pedometer, soak in the flavors and colors of the culinary landscape and await inspiration.  An awesome Saturday afternoon is perusing my cookbook library or this tremendously wonderful internet to plan my family’s meals for the week.  Food was my first love and still takes a top four spot behind my husband and daughters.

(At this point, I must impress upon you that I never wanted to be a cook/chef.  While I love to cook, I could think of no worse culinary torture than being a cook in a restaurant.  Had I known about Cooks Illustrated test kitchen 15 years ago when I was deciding the direction of my life, I may have pointed it in that direction, but I didn’t so I didn’t. )

To where this gastronomical realization will lead, we’ll see. But it’s safe to say there will be a lot more talk of food in the coming posts.  And, I may even break my record of three posts in 2015!