Omnivore 100: How many have you eaten?

I've been seeing this for the last few days, but when Baking Soda, of Bake My Day published hers today I just had to give in to temptation. I had to find out how I stacked up in the world of culinary conquests, food finds, taste tests, nervy noshes…. And I really want to know … Continue reading…

Apple Day and fall traditions

When I was a little girl one of the traditions of autumn was to go to the apple farm.  As we walked into the huge barn, the scent from the bushel baskets heaped with red, green and golden apples was thick in the air.  Bottles of cider lined the walls; apple butter and apple sauce … Continue reading…

Julia Child….and the road to hell~

When Lisa, at Champaign Taste announced her "2nd Annual Julia Child Birthday Event" I promptly jumped in.  I would make something wonderful, a fitting tribute to this marvelous woman who did so much for so many of us aspiring cooks. And I had a whole month to think, plan, prepare.  I had the best of … Continue reading…

Eating: A Full Sensory Experience

We normally think that taste and smell are the most important components of enjoying our food. They are important but we eat with all of our senses.  A dill pickle or potato chip (crisp) doesn't taste right if we don't hear the snap and crunch. We're careful to keep our potatoes white, and our artichokes … Continue reading…

Sweet and Sour Pork; Never Do the Shopping Hungry!

I know better.  I have always known better.  Still, I do the grocery shopping hungry or, to be brutally honest, famished.  When I was a briefcase-toting, suit-wearing, type 'A' person I did it after work on Friday's, which usually meant around 8:30 pm.  Now that I am a 'not gainfully employed outside the home' type … Continue reading…