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

Baby bok choy is a powerhouse of nutrients.

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


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...]

The Politically Correct Home Remodel

Our house is a reflection of ourselves.

Taking on a home remodel project is always daunting. It doesn't matter the size or the intention; the minute a hole is torn into a wall of your house, on purpose, a sort of nauseous recklessness settles in and for me, as the homeowner and principal design decision-maker, I waffle and quail, … [Read more...]

Crispy Baked Pork Milanese

Crispy baked Pork Milanese is quick and healthy.

Comfort foods can take all shapes and sizes. On a recent trip to Chicago to spend time with a sick friend, I noticed a quaintly lit Italian restaurant across the street from the hospital. Something about the subtle, yellowed walls and faded, red awnings with tables tucked beneath lured me to see … [Read more...]