We all seem to have a love/hate relationship with pasta. We love to eat it but hate the guilt that comes with it, right? So many carbs and calories, made worse by a heavy meat sauce or tons of cheese. Most of us have emotions and memories piled on top of that from our childhood. I remember spaghetti night when I was a kid. Mom … Continue reading You Can Eat Pasta!
Pinquito beans are small pink beans from the Santa Maria Valley on the Central Coast of California, where I spent 22 years living and raising my kids. To the best of my knowledge, they are not grown anywhere else. Imagine my excitement when I found a bean company that ships them all over the US! (thank you Rancho Gordo) Pinquitos have a distinct strong bean … Continue reading Pinquito Beans & Okra
Southern food speaks to my heart and sings to my soul! It’s right up there with Mexican food on my list of favorites. There are so many regions in the South and they each have their specialties. Most people assume it’s all deep fried but that is not true at all. What is true though, is that many dishes have pork fat as their base. … Continue reading Southern Greens Lightened Up
Is it even possible to make a really healthy pizza? Probably, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to taste much better than saucy cardboard. On a Friday night, after a long work week, sometimes you just want cheesy, delicious pizza and a glass of wine. You’ve earned it, right?! Having said that I don’t think you need to destroy a weeks worth of good … Continue reading Sorta Healthy Friday Night Pizza
A Spicy Broth Based Version Let me start off by saying that this recipe is cheese free. You heard me right, cheese free. I’ve never had real southern style shrimp and grits, but after going through recipes I decided that I couldn’t bring myself to cook shrimp and grits with a cup of cheese, plus cream, plus butter! Not to mention that some of the … Continue reading California Shrimp & Grits
It’s Monday, May 11th and after 51 days off I am finally getting to go back to work. IF I can zip my pants, that is. Home quarantine has been filled with an endless supply of banana bread, cake, cookies, chips… the list goes on and on. I have been living in perpetual Friday night mode. Wine on a Tuesday? Bring it on! I don’t … Continue reading Quarantine Binge Eating Rehab