Vermont Style Chili

Right now I am back to cleaning cluttered spaces. We have two sheds that got VERY cluttered before by in-laws moved out. Since this house is Tony's childhood home, cleaning out this part will be hard for him. Since his Dad passed away, there are many memories in the stuff. This leads to keeping too [...]

Fall Harvest Quinoa Salad

I decided to go for a warm salad this week. We've been pretty busy around here. Tony has been hanging drywall in our new to us house. I am doing the painful task of breaking out a shower pan that I built and starting over. I am definitely not a great cement layer. However, I [...]

Smoky Chicken-Chile Soup with Tamale Dumplings

This week has been a tough week. End of summer Eastern Equine Encephalitis is rearing it's ugly head along with COVID-19. Needless to say, I have had a few late nights. However, like all outbreaks, they are really busy in the beginning and then a rhythm sets in. 18 years doing this, I'm pretty used [...]

Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

I just celebrated by 44th birthday and it made me think about how some people think getting old is something we just do. I am older, but not old. Some parts of aging, like grey hair, perimenopause, and some limitations to my workouts were expected. Do we really have to "get old". For every passing [...]

Sook Mei Faan

This recipe was one that surprised me. Who'd have thought that the Chinese would do a creamed corn recipe. Well, they have. According to the Togi Blog, "Creamed corn over rice is a quintessential Cantonese dish often served at cha chaan tengs, casual diners that are ubiquitous in Hong Kong." Imagine Asian flavorings in a [...]