Paying For Our Pesky Inner Hero

Paying for our pesky, inner superhero.

Most times, I really do tell the truth. But friends generally think I'm gearing up to tell a story. I think the problem lies in the fact that I am a writer of fiction, hence friends who read my posts on Facebook might question whether something I put up on there was, shall we say — slightly over … [Read more...]

Leftover Mashed Potato Soup

Leftover mashed potato soup.

Whenever I make mashed potatoes, I make a lot of them. They not only provide a quick-and-ready side dish, they are versatile leftover instigators. Leftover mashers can safely last up to five days in the refrigerator if they have been cooled and stored in an airtight container. They will last much … [Read more...]

Meet Fido – The Nesting Varmint in My Chevy Engine

Every creature appreciates its nest. Meet Fido - The Nesting Varmint in My Chevy Truck

If you buy a truck, it's supposed to run, rain or shine. My Dad emailed the family the other day, sounding a bit miffed. His Chevy Avalanche was acting up — or to be specific — driving it was similar to being astride a bucking, snorting Bronco. Even though we live in the Wild Wild West (Colorado) … [Read more...]

Healthy Thai Chicken Ramen Soup

Thai Chicken Ramen soup is all that - slurpy, chicken goodness all wrapped up in one bowl. It's spicy, too!

I know what you're thinking. You want to tell me that I'm crazy for pushing a ramen noodle soup on you, but hold on. This recipe is all about healthy ramen noodles, and yes, there is such a thing. I'm not talking about bisphenol-A infused styrofoam Cup-O-Noodles, I'm not dishing up oriental noodles … [Read more...]

The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet of Life

Edgar Allan Poe's writings have poetry and a cadence that draws me in.

The more assignments I create for myself, the more often I catch myself (too late!) raising a hand to volunteer to take on another project, the more I realize that insanity isn't all that simple to achieve. If it were, I could get some rest. Sound familiar? The problem is that rational thought, a … [Read more...]

Lamb and Mushroom Ragout with Orecchiette

Diced ingredients are necessary for a ragout.

If you're wondering what exactly is a ragoût, you've come to the right place. Part sauce, part stew, ragoût is comfort food defined. It is also an opportunity to unleash your imagination, or clean out your refrigerator. For me, the creative side of cooking often surfaces when I've got a fridge … [Read more...]

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Shadow lights at Hollywood Tower of Terror

Most of the time, the things that go bump in the night are me. I bruise my shins, scrape my knuckles on corners, and occasionally scratch a shoulder on a wall. You might say I'm clumsy, even after twelve years of ballet as a kid. I say my mind is on other things. Have I made a reservation for a … [Read more...]

Crockpot Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

Crockpot cooking is stress free.

It's officially over. That's right, it's finished and done with. But there's no reason to mourn the loss of summer. I mean, you knew it was coming, in spite of those last few weeks we've enjoyed: that tease of sunshine, the orange-gold glow of paper thin leaves living large against an impossibly … [Read more...]