Photo Friday – Freezer Tomato Sauce w/ Recipe

  No story for today.  Just a favorite recipe and my first instagram post.  Yes, I bought an iphone this week.  Its my first big gift to myself in a couple of years, since I bought my camera, and I deserve it.  Let me tell you, this thing is awesome.  I’ve been posting lots of…

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Eggs and Zucchini – A Summer Breakfast

  It’s quiet around here.  No jingling of Chaser’s dog collar, none of his galloping up and down the stairs at a maniac pace either.  Tom isn’t playing loud country music in the driveway while feeding his birds and I’m not waking up to Tom’s mess from his rushed morning, on the way to work. …

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Spring Pea and Baby Potato Salad with Yogurt

“Mom, can I pick some peas too?”  The pea vines in front of me begin to tremble.  I look down to see her tugging on a pea pod, pulling the whole vine to one side.  “Whoa there sweetheart, you need to cut them off, not pick them.  Pea vines are too fragile to just yank…

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A Backyard Garden Salad

Fiddling around in the garden has become part of my morning routine.  After coming back from dropping my daughter off at school I usually make tea and head outside.  I water, pull weeds, prune the tomatoes and inspect the lettuce for holes.  Sometimes I harvest something, but usually I am checking out bugs.  I never…

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Our Backyard Vegetable Garden

My first vegetable garden was grown out of necessity.  Tom and I had just moved 350 miles from our So Cal hometown to UC Santa Cruz’s family housing.  We were broke.  Flat broke.  Eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches broke.  Typical starving students.  After a few months of chicken drumsticks, PB&Js and bananas I decided…

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Oven Fries

This photo was sort of an accident.  I was trying to photograph some oven fries and got completely frustrated.  I gave up on them.  I didn’t like my perspective.  I didn’t like the light.  And I didn’t like how much my stomach was growling.  So I climbed off my chair and headed inside to grab…

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Spring Frittata for One

The rush of the morning is over.  My daughter has been delivered safety to school.  My husband, long gone to work at an early hour.  I sit at the kitchen table and take in the quiet of the morning.  My house is silent except for the sound of our neighborhood sparrows and wrens softly chirping…

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Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

Its early Spring 2021.  I am in the veggie garden of my new home, a blue and white Victorian that has been my dream home since childhood.  Tom and I saved up for years to buy it, but the reality of it hasn’t sunk in yet.  That this home is ours.  I thought it would…

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Baked Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon and Sugar

“Please eat your dinner,” I begged my 6 year old for what must have been the millionth time. “NO!  I hate chicken!  It tastes like fish and I hate fish.  And sweet potatoes are orange.  I hate orange food.  I don’t want this stupid dinner!” She slumps in her chair crossing her arms. Not another…

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