Why I Fed My Kids Hardtack and Water for Dinner

I believe it’s a parent’s responsibility to raise their kids to be independent, responsible members of society. Part of that, an important part, is teaching them to be polite and considerate. It’s not always easy, and resistance is the norm. The goal: raising the kind of adults you’d want to hire, work with, work for,…

Riced Cauliflower (Plain)

​ Band’-wag-on, noun: an activity or thing that has become fashionable or popular. I’m a little late jumping on this particular bandwagon, and it’s high time I did! I’d heard about cauliflower “rice,” of course. It’s hard to be a foodie and completely miss that. I just was never interested enough to try it. Big…

Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 1: Drying

Rory: “Could someone please tell me what just happened?” The Doctor: “I’m sorry, Rory, but you just died.” “Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today… Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to…

Oregano Pork Chops With Zucchini & Caramelized Onions

Sticktoitiveness: noun. The quality of persisting at something; tenacity. I had the best fourth-grade teacher. The first time I heard her use this word is also my first memory of someone using a word other than “stubborn” to describe my unwillingness to give up; she made it into a compliment. I also loved her for…

Moroccan Chicken With Couscous

Ingredients: Dump, chop, & go: For very little time and effort, you get a delicious, healthy meal of tender chicken, veggies cooked to perfection, and deliciously seasoned couscous! This is one of my favorite freezer meals. To freeze, you just dump broth, seasonings, and chicken in a bucket and freeze it. To cook, dump the…

Roasted Herbed Turnips and Zucchini

The garden got away from me! Well, the growth of some of its inhabitants did. One day I had baby turnips & zucchini. The next day, it seemed, they were enormous! I really didn’t need to plant turnips as early as I did, but I was so excited to get things growing that I overdid…

Shrimp Garam Masala

Family favorite! This exciting dish has it all: Bursting with flavor, nutritious, quick, and easy! You’ll want to add this to your weeknight go-to list. I’ve skipped the onions and peppers more than once, either because I ran out of them or of energy, and nobody complained. I like it better with them, but sometimes…

Saffron Rice

The bright yellow of this yummy side dish always makes me smile! Saffron is a fantastic spice. The sheer intensity of labor involved in its harvest more than justifies its hefty price tag. Fortunately, a little goes a very long way, so the cost per dish is quite reasonable. On a per-gram basis, though, it’s…