Author Archives: Mels

Oven-Baked Beef Stew

My first post in two months…and it has meat!!!  I know, I’m breaking my cooking with veggies motto, but I swear there are tasty vegetables in this stew.  In central California, we’ve been having a string of hot weather (not … Continue reading

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Roasted Garlic and Chickpea Soup

School has been back in full swing for a month now.  Time has been going slowly, things are very busy, and I am getting used to all of my new students and classes.  When I come home at the end … Continue reading

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I’m Back and Cooking: Pasta with Roasted Green Beans and Feta

I have not posted in months, I know.  Summer took me from Baja, Mexico, to Fort Bragg, CA, to LA, to Portland, OR, to Seattle, WA, and everywhere in between.  Plans are in the works for a post or two … Continue reading

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June Foodie Pen Pals!

After missing the deadline to sign up in May, here I am back with a wonderful delivery from my June  Foodie Pen Pals exchange.  This month I was paired with Gisele from Ohio, and I received some very perfectly timed items. This … Continue reading

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Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Asiago Soufflé

  For years I’ve avoided attempting the infamous soufflé.  When I started cooking, the idea of a soufflé was something to look forward to, something to aspire to, and something to run from.  In movies, TV, culinary folk lore, soufflés are … Continue reading

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April Foodie Pen Pal!

This month, my delivery was from Tennessee!  Truthfully, I want these amazing products to speak for themselves. Included this month from my pen pal Mallory was the following: Loveless Cafe Biscuit Mix Strawberry-Fig Preserves Home-Canned Tomato Relish Salt and Pepper … Continue reading

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Impromptu Stir Fry – tofu, mushrooms, bok choy, and more!

  Stir fry is like many of my other favorite meals to cook – versatile, easy, and full of endless possibilities.  Like quiche, pastas, hash, and many more, stir fry is developed out of what is on hand, and it … Continue reading

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