Our New Flock of Chicks

  I got my first flock of chickens in the late fall of 2013 when we bought our little farmette. At the time, the goal was to have an abundant supply of free range, organic eggs from hens who enjoyed their lives.  Little did I know how very endearing and charismatic these quirky little girls…

Champagne Tarragon Salad with Chicken and Toasted Almonds

Last night I dreamed of tarragon again.  Really.  But I also just finished reading Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, so in my mind tarragon and Manderley are intertwined and together they inspired my new favorite salad. I only wish I were eating it beneath the chestnut tree by the sea. Tarragon is the star of this recipe…

Tre Formaggi Manicotti

We have been binge watching The Sopranos On Demand.  One of the most entertaining things about this show is that food is almost a character in the series.  They eat when they are happy.  They eat when they are stressed.  They eat to celebrate.  They eat to mourn.  Food is a gift.  It is a bribe….

Butter Bar “Salad”

Andrew and I have been trying to improve our diet and fitness lately.  Naturally, this involves eating more salads, exercising more, and generally getting outdoors more (difficult in Illinois this “spring”).  In furtherance of our health initiative, I developed the “salad” recipe below.  There are different kinds of salads in this world — green salad,…

Pan Seared Scallops and Shrimp in White Wine Cream Sauce

Today is my husband’s birthday, so he got to plan his own birthday dinner.  He chose staying home and he chose the menu.  Having lived for decades on the Outer Banks, he loves seafood.  I am from California, so I also love seafood.  This is a super simple recipe that gets a sophisticated flare from…

Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes and Bacon

Morning sunlight streaming bright through the windows.  Dust particles glinting slowly in the rays onto clean, white sheets.  The decadence of Sunday morning.  It is almost iconic in this country where we work so hard and too often fail to recognize the things that truly give us peace.  Of course, this leads us to breakfast….

Lemon Cobbler

I love lemons.  In fact, lemon is my favorite dessert flavor, better than chocolate, better than mocha, better than pumpkin.  If you ever feel yourself doubting the existence of God, make a pan of lemon bars with Meyer lemons (actually a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange), and you will understand that such…

60 Days Day 17

I have not posted anything since December 30th, and yet I have the temerity to jump back in here and purport to be continuing my 60 day challenge.  I have some excuses I can offer you, and some of them are even legitimate (such as the flu), but I can’t fill all the space of…

60 Days…Day 16

““It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”  ~ Albus Dumbledore I have been a bit of a slacker since I returned from Christmas in Georgia.  In my defense, getting the farm and the Sloughis organized and the Sloughis settled back at home is a little time consuming.  I…

Buttermilk & Butter Biscuits

Buttermilk is one of my favorite ingredients.  It’s one of these unassuming ingredients that makes a huge contribution to recipes from cakes to panna cotta to pancakes to biscuits.  Traditional buttermilk is the leftover liquid from churning butter or from fermented cream.  Commercial buttermilk is pasteurized and homogenized milk that has been inoculated with a culture…

60 Days…Day 15

“Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.”  ~ Captain Jean-Luc Picard Merry Christmas!  Happy Holidays!  Seasons Greetings!  I am not a wordsmith about holiday greetings and I welcome any good wish people want to send my way. I did not exercise today, but I stood in the kitchen cooking for about…

60 Days…Day 14

Merry Christmas Eve! Since my last post was 6 days ago, I have a lot to catch up on. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on December 18th and I was filled with a sense of loss.  What an incredible world J. K. Rowling created and what an incredible privilege it is to experience…