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…

60 Days…Day 13

The scale actually moved down a pound today.  I could not believe it. I had just finished telling Andrew, “If this thing refuses to budge again today, I am throwing it out and buying a new scale.”  Begrudgingly, I guess I must admit that my scale works. I was unbelievably sore today from the horsey…

Butterscotch Pecan Blondies

Butterscotch’s primary ingredients are butter and brown sugar.  What’s not to love?  Because I am a cook, I always notice the foods characters eat in books that I am reading, so much so that I am right now on my third revision of a lamb stew with prunes, inspired by the sponsor gift that Katniss…

60 Days…Day 12

Palomo embarked this morning on his long journey to Florida.  I was sad to ready him for this trip, but I know that Jamie will take good care of him and he and Endel will work hard to find him the right match.  We will both miss him. I rode Marcos and Filigree this morning…