Category Archives: Food

Green Smoothie? Are You JOKING?

I am terrible about eating vegetables. I don’t hate them, I just think they’re a pain in the ass. But I’m getting older, and I really, really need them greenies. What to do? I had recently tried smoothie bowls, mostly, I admit, because so! pretty!  The usual instructions make this huge bowl of food, which I thought I could no… (more…)


I have struggled with a life-long sugar addiction. It has a number of consequences, including a recent diagnosis of diabetes (aside: my sister linked this TED talk, which I found very interesting). Of course, that’s just me. No biggie. But when the Spousal Unit was diagnosed pre-diabetic, well, we’re not having that. I’ve tried cold-turkey, and it doesn’t work, so… (more…)

Piggies, Little Blues, and Green Quesadillas

First, piglets Something I never really thought about seeing: wild pigs. They are everywhere here, though they are shy, so you don’t see them often. A few days ago, we got to see a passel of piglets, out without their parents. Sneaky buggers. They ran into the woods when we pulled up in the parking lot beside the grassy area,… (more…)

Hello Fresh

One of my favorite subscriptions is Raw Spice Bar. A few weeks ago, they sent me an email offering a discount on my first shipment from Hello Fresh, so we decided to give it a try. Hello Fresh delivers a box containing ingredients for three meals (you choose if it’s for 2 or 4 people), along with recipes. We chose… (more…)

Freezer-to-Microwave Bacon Packets

I like to make breakfast bagels with egg, cheese, and bacon. But no way in hell was I going to deal with raw bacon in the morning, when I could barely walk a straight line. The eggs are challenging enough. I used to get that microwavable bacon that’s $7.99 for four packets, and never, ever goes on sale. It made… (more…)

How I Cut My Food Bill in Half

And no, I didn’t get there with extreme couponing. I changed my shopping habits in the last week of November. Now, about eight weeks later, there’s very little I need to buy at full price. And paying full price makes me cry a little. The concept in a nutshell: 1.  Sales go in cycles. In the Southeast, it’s 6-8 weeks.… (more…)

Touch of Cinnamon Double-Chocolate Bundt Cake

I had a new bundt pan and a chocolate craving, so I decided to combine them into something delicious.  All the “easy” recipes called for chocolate cake mix and pudding. I had white and yellow, but no chocolate, and no pudding. But hey, I have plenty of baking chocolate in many forms. So, while I am notorious for making horrible… (more…)

Pad Thai, Kitty style

I first had Pad Thai at a little Thai place in Portland that no longer exists. The sauce was rich and peanutty. I soon found out, after trying the dish at many other establishments, that this wasn’t exactly traditional. Still, I loved that original Pad Thai, and was determined to figure it out. The secret is the sauce. Don’t get… (more…)

Breakfast Loaf

This is moist and yummy, and with all the nutritious things in it, makes a good addition to breakfast. If you won’t be eating both loaves quickly, be sure to freeze one–I found out the hard way that a week in the cupboard is too long! Dry ingredients 1 cup whole wheat flour 2-1/2 cups bread or all-purpose flour 1… (more…)

Falafel Burgers with Teriyaki Slaw

Dinner tonight had a very different flavor profile from my usual. But that’s why I explore recipes–to expand my horizons. I modified both recipes, because that’s what I do. Falafel (modified from this recipe by Shiksa in The Kitchen) Ingredients 2 cups garbanzo beans, soaked overnight 1 small onion, chopped 1/4 cup Italian parsley 2 cloves garlic 2 eggs  (I… (more…)