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Asian Salad Trio + Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Asian Salad Trio + Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches I feel like I am finally back in my cooking groove and I have sooo been wanting to share with you the delicioso bites coming from the Chino House kitchen.  I have special people at my house every night, but on Wednesdays, we have extra special people …

strawberry rhubarb crisp

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Things I Love About Canada: Rhubarb Ok, I’m pretty sure Canada didn’t like invent rhubarb. In fact it isn’t even indigenous to North America, strangely enough, but Canada is where I have been lovingly introduced to this enticing vegetable, so I’m counting it as one of the things I love about Canada. Taido and I …

Spring Cobb Salad

Recipe for Spring Cobb Salad with Bacon and Turkey This spring cobb salad recipe can serve as a reminder to go to your local farmers’ market tomorrow. I now have markets north and south of the river, which makes for a full and glorious Saturday morning of marketing.  I brought home four different kinds of …

A Mediterranean Menu

A Mediterranean Menu Hummus Curried Lentils Tabbouleh  Homemade Chapatis Roasted Cauliflower, Carrots, Chickpeas and Couscous (perfect if you are trying to teach a lesson on foods that start with the letter “C”) This Mediterranean menu is a meal I’ve been making a lot lately, from several different cookbooks combining lots of similar flavors and grains …

Goddess Dressing Like Annie's

Goddess Dressing

How much do you love Annie’s Naturals goddess dressing?  It’s so yummy, right? I’m pretty sure my mother-in-law introduced me to it one year in Taos. My friend, Natalie and I have done everything possible to get this premium dressing for less money. We took turns driving to Whole Foods to buy it on sale. …

camping menus, camp food, camping with kids

Swedish Pancakes

Here is our recipe for Swedish pancakes.  Taido makes this at least once every other week at our house. We got it from some precious friends from our Chicago days, and they are melt in your mouth good. Our kids eat these so fast they burn their tongues. There has been much debate in our …

My Favorite Salad

Allow me to introduce you to My Favorite Salad. I cannot tell you how much I love this salad. I could eat it every day. It’s simple. it’s yummy. and I almost always have all the ingredients on hand. If I don’t have everything, it is super easy to vary.  Almost any cheese, fruit or …

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

This is our standard pancake recipe.  We use it at least once a week at our house, and we even premix the dry ingredients when we go camping so Taido can make them in the woods, where they taste even better! You can add in any kind of fruit, as well as chocolate chips or …

waffles with strawberries, rise and shine waffles, yummy breakfast

Rise and Shine Waffles

A food system organized around quantity rather than quality has a destructive feedback loop built into it, such that the more low-quality food one eats, the more one wants to eat, in a futile–but highly profitable–quest for the absent nutrient. from In Defense of Food, p.124 Quality rather than quantity. It’s an idea that I …

Oven Baked Three Grain Oatmeal

Oven Baked Three Grain Oatmeal This is my new favorite (and easy) hot cereal: Three Grain Oatmeal. I’ve added it to my breakfast arsenal, especially for when guests are in town. You put it all in a casserole dish (or in my case, a cast iron skillet) the night before and set your oven timer …

Zucchini Vichyssoise

Here are all the reasons I can think of that I am currently making a vichyssoise. It’s simmering on Anna’s stove as I write. 1. It’s cold here in Chicago. 2. I’ve been reading Barefoot in Paris, which is the book in which this recipe is found, and it’s cheaper than actually going to Paris. …

Three Soup Recipes

Lately, I have been defying the 90 degree weather by making soup. I mean, it’s OCTOBER for crying out loud. It is supposed to be fall. I am forcing my children (and friends) to eat soup while sweating in my kitchen, made hotter by turning on the oven to make bread. Cruel really. but I …

breakfast crepes with berries and cream

Breakfast Crepes With Berries And Cream

Taido is the star breakfast cook at our house, and his breakfast crepes are the favorite for sure! His waffles and pancakes make weekly appearances on our table, but the crepes on an occasional Saturday morning are a special treat. Incidentally, my favorite breakfast growing up was crepes. My mom made them on Saturday mornings …

Fresh Pesto Recipe

Here is my fresh pesto recipe in honor of the bunch of basil in this month’s basket from the farm. I use my food processor to make this, but i’m sure you could use a blender too. You can serve this on pasta or on sandwiches made with homemade bread. Fresh Pesto Recipe (for about …

Strawberry Breakfast Muffins

The best moment of the day was when these strawberry breakfast muffins came out of the oven this morning. I had them hot with a cup of coffee. I should have just stopped right there. Stayed home. Had another muffin. Brewed another pot. Read another chapter. But alas, we must occasionally venture out of the …