Efficiency Expert

I am an “Efficiency Expert,” so would say Frank Gilbreth from the 1950 movie, Cheaper by the Dozen.  I like things done quickly, efficiently, and my way.  Often times this involves multi-tasking.  Marc laughs, though, due to the fact that multi-tasking in the kitchen may, at times, lead to gigantic messes of pots boiling over, and…

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Double Duty

This past weekend I was presented with a message, inspiration, and a challenge all in one.  The idea was very simple, yet highly profound.  If I want more of something, I merely need to make more. There are a few words and concepts in our language that play “double duty:” they function as nouns or…

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Kale and Coconut Quinoa with Cilantro Purée

Kale, kale, and more kale.  I just simply cannot kale enough! This recipe was inspired by a fellow food blogger and amazing photographer, Cookie + Kate.   I so admire the food photography skills of others… Kale and Coconut Quinoa with Cilantro Purée 2 c. rainbow quinoa 1 14oz. can lite coconut milk 2 c. water…

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Take a Chance

Tears of panic rolled down her cheeks.  I could see the anxiety, as well as the tears welling up inside. “PLEEAASE, Dad.  Please let me have it!” “No, you can’t have that.  I will not let you have dairy.” Really?  I thought I had all my bases covered!  I checked in the with instructors beforehand…

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Awesome Ending Fridays

Oh boy, this was another week that did not quite feel so awesome.  It started off great – I was told that I have an “embarrassment of riches.”  This IS so true.  Mid-week, though, Humpday Wednesday, brought some disappointing news, to top off the other worries and frets surrounding my spirit. I sure am glad,…

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An Embarrassment of Riches

I walked through the concourse, down to the very end of the terminal, catching a glimpse of the plane I was to board outside through the window.  Tiny.  Puddle jumper.  Just great…I moaned to myself.  You see, I am a terrible flyer.  Motion sickness would be an understatement.  I will not actually vomit, as I’m…

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Feast

Those of us who consider ourselves “foodies,” simply enjoy food, or navigate some sort of a relationship with food, must be aware that on some basic level feasting on food is about so much more than just the nutriment on our plates. Meals nourish us physiologically, but it also feed us spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically….

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Appletini

Appletini…rather Apple-Tahini. I made an amazingly refreshing salad with an apple juice-apple cider vinegar-tahini conglomerate dressing.  The tune of the ingredients falling off my tongue formulated a bit of a giggle.  Apple-Tahini = Appletini. I was in the mood for something fresh and spring-like, as I’m so longing for spring-time, sunshine and light. I also…

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Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word!

No, you haven’t lost track of time.  It’s not yet November nor Thanksgiving time.  It’s chicken time at our house, though! We are crazy and we like to name our birds.  We have had Bernadette the Bird, Betty the Bird, Matilda, and, most recently, Margaret. Whole, roasted chickens are certainly not my favorite.  I much…

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Awesome Ending Fridays

Here we go again… 1.  Behind the Museum Café – an awesome treasure… This is a unique cafe that specializes in Japanese tea and foods, Japanese antiques and arts and crafts. The café serves robust EXTRACTO coffee roasted right here in Portland, Oregon. We offer our own homemade sweets, sandwiches, and assorted Japanese-style appetizers with seasonal…

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