I love curry; I mean I really really love curry.  I’ve never heard of a pumpkin curry, until I went to a teeny Thai restaurant called Thai Classic in Paso Robles, CA while we were on a little wine tasting adventure…it was one of the most amazing curries of my life!  I only ordered it, because everyone on Yelp was screaming about it…who knew a pumpkin curry could be so good!  Love!  Ever since then, I have been on a mission… Read more »

One of my goals for 2014 is make healthy meals simply. So this is my week of super quick and simple recipes, that will save you time and money.  I don’t make a lot of pumpkin things, but I had some left over decorative sweet pumpkins from Halloween that were on the verge of going south. I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I decided to tackle making a pumpkin puree.  Last year we were traveling in Paso… Read more »

I worked at Whole Foods back in the day and I never knew how to pronounce the weird grain Quinoa.  Quinoa pronounced KEEN-Wah, not Q-Noah, not Qui-No or any other fun way you have heard it pronounced.  I have been using quinoa in place of rice in most of my recipes and I have loved it.  If part of your New Year’s resolution is to eat a bit healthier, then quinoa is going to be your new best friend. It… Read more »

I can’t believe that 2013 has come and gone, how the heck did that happen!? This year has been filled with many fun adventures, new friends and new experiences. We started the year off in San Diego and ended it in New York City! I got married officially to my beautiful wife and I met a unicorn named Julia along the way!  It always feels so good to start fresh in the New Year, there is a magical feeling to… Read more »

It has been super duper chilly in NYC the past few weeks, but I have to admit I have loved the snow.  To stay warm I have been drinking hot tea by the gallons and eating as much hot soup as I can get my hands on.  In the evenings I have been enjoying our Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, working on my holiday crafts and sipping’ on some super tasty apple cinnamon whiskey to help keep me warm.  I love… Read more »

MMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmm….Good!  Soup is definitely one of my favorite things, especially if it has a little kick!  It is super chilly here on the east coast right now, but this zippy tomato basil soup will warm you right up and it is a cinch to make. The inspiration for this recipe was a parmesan cheese rind that I have been saving in my fridge.  I have always wanted to use one in a recipe, and I thought that this rind would… Read more »

We spent Thanksgiving in Florida, and we were so excited to spend a week in the warm weather swimming, visiting with family and getting a little sunshine.  Unfortunately, Mother Nature had a different plan and decided to have the coldest weather that Florida has seen since February…Bah!  Of course, I only brought sun dresses and one pair of jeans…let’s just say that my jeans were well-loved by the end of the trip.  We always go to Clearwater Beach no matter… Read more »

My favorite thing about growing up in the Midwest was definitely the fall.  I love the color change, crunching the leaves under my feet, Halloween, warm snuggly sweaters and going to the Cider Mill.  I appreciated all of these things during the 26 years I spent growing up in Michigan, but I did not realize how much I took them for granted until I moved to the West Coast.  Our first move was in 2006 from Michigan to Seattle.  We… Read more »

In honor of Taco Tuesday, I am sharing my quick and simple Pico de Gallo recipe.  I love Pico and all types of salsa. The best thing about both of them is that chips can be used as the vehicle, and I have never met a chip that I did not like. The secret to a great Pico is to keep it simple.  When I first started making Pico de Gallo, I would always try to sass it up with… Read more »