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Smoker “Flat” Brisket

Since leaving Austin, Texas last month after one of the better South By Southwest years, I had a craving for BBQ – smoked BBQ to be exact. See I went on a Pilgrimage to a place that had been recommended to me for year: Franklin BBQ. For some dumb reason, I went to Austin four times in […]

Lemon, Sage and Asparagus Rigatoni

Fresh pasta is one of those things that sounds time consuming, especially on a work day evening. It certainly can be but there are ways to reduce the time and my secret weapon is the KitchenAid mixer with the pasta extractor accessory. The pasta dough is simple to make and then a small ball of […]

Broccoli Patties with Arugula and Champagne Vinaigrette for #SundaySupper

This week’s Sunday Supper is all about the Skinny.  One thing that has helped keep our family less-thick was our move to more vegetarian meals. Most of our decision to go vegetarian 3-4 times a week came from Mark Bittman’s New York Times article “The Meat Guzzler.”  Besides the benefit of eating less meat and its more […]

Farro Salad with Toasted Pinenuts, Currants and Mustard Greens

It’s a great evening of after work cooking when I make a quick and easy vegan dish like this one and it turns out tasting far better than imagined.  I had found some great looking mustard greens at the Ojai Farmer’s Market last Sunday and didn’t know what I was going to use them for.  […]

Jägerschnitzel for #SundaySupper

This week’s Sunday Supper theme is Retro Recipes.  I was reminded a couple weeks ago about one of my favorite restaurants when I made some German Lentil Soup from Portland Oregon’s Der Rheinlander. The soup was great, but it was missing something. Something I loved to eat as a child – Jägerschnitzel.  It was one of […]

Carrot, Parsnip and Lentil Casserole #SundaySupper

This is what I was going to make for last week’s #SundaySupper theme celebrating the One Year Anniversary of what “Family Foodie” Isabel started out as a friendly twitter conversation talking about what people were cooking on Sunday evenings. I loved the early chats, since Sunday was a guaranteed day I’d be in the kitchen […]

Gaming In-App Purchases and How to Prevent Them

I hate — emphasis on hate — games that use In-App Purchases (IAPs) especially games targeted at small children.  It’s been a vicious sneaky way for app developers to make some big money before parents wise up to what is going on while an innocent child doesn’t fully understand what they are doing to mom […]

Kale, White Bean and Sausage Soup

I was definitely coming down with something and knew a good hearty soup would help get me through a couple days of sickness. Sadly by the following day when I finally made it to the doctor I found out the flu that has become an epidemic was what I had. This soup definitely helped; though, […]

San Antonio Puffy Tacos for #SundaySupper

  One of my favorite things about being part of the SundaySupper bloggers is how the weekly themes make me think beyond what I might normally do as a home cook.  This week was definitely one of those times as I had to consider what would I make from my Recipe Bucket List. Problem was […]

Finally a Cooking Show Worth Watching Since Molto Mario?

  UPDATE: I watched the show this week. It’s a train wreck. Bad directing. Bad jokes. Obnoxious expressions. Tons of stupid gimmicks. This show will not last. It is painful to watch unless someone decides to rework it and make it more about the food instead of trying to be funny and cool.  Oh well, […]