Takeout Series Two

Today’s addition to the takeout series is Thai food. Kevin and I have long bonded over Thai food, even before we were dating. Out of all types of restaurants, it has always been a Thai one that is our favorite/most frequented, first in Indiana, then Detroit, then Durham. And if you happen to have a … More Takeout Series Two

Carolina Girl

A minor discussion about cured pork products and a few easy, economical, family-friendly recipes. I may be a disgrace to Southerners everywhere by being allergic to both collard greens and okra (true story), but I have always loved pork (even when I was vegetarian, I just couldn’t eat it). Well, let me amend that; I … More Carolina Girl

The Middle Men

An old discussion about where I shop and why… and how I believe we manage health and economy. I am going to go ahead and re-vamp some posts from The Green Notebook (my old blog) to get us caught up on some of the information I shared way back then. The first is the second … More The Middle Men

Smoothie Blues

We don’t like to abandon smoothies in the wintertime, even though some of you in the north might think we’re nuts. (Yes, I understand that an icy drink might not sit well in your heavily mittened hands as you stand shivering at the bus stop.) But as my husband keeps making his same old standby … More Smoothie Blues

Leftover Revolution

I sense there is a thing going on in the food world across America, and it’s centered around leftovers. It could just have been that one episode of Chopped where the Food Network execs gave the okay to torture their four contestants with surprise baskets of—not the usual bizarre foods but—leftovers. Or it could be … More Leftover Revolution

Quinoa Overboard

Plenty of info and savory recipes about and for quinoa, the “new rice.” I saw a friend post today on Facebook that he purchased quinoa (pronounced keen’-wah) and was looking for recipes. One thing I love for this blog is to actually have a prompt, an invitation, a need. I already have a list a … More Quinoa Overboard

Pancakes Demystified

Some tirades: spelt flour, pancakes, pancake toppings, and pancakes-made-doable. I love spelt flour. I may have already said it before, but I just do. Now, I know that spelt flour is not the cheapest flour that you come across, if you come across it at all. But let me just tell you, whole grain spelt … More Pancakes Demystified

One Fish, Two Fish

Fish info, nutrition, a recipe, and even some arguments and a little sass. Isn’t everyone always telling you should eat more fish? And then someone else cuts in and informs you that the world is over-fished and that by eating fish you are not only ruining the sea’s food chain and murdering dolphins, but you … More One Fish, Two Fish

Olive Olives

Olive nutrition facts and two olive spread recipes. When someone approaches you for a recipe you prepared five years ago, you know it’s got to be good. This summer, my cousin approached me and asked for a duo of olive spreads I served with crackers at Kevin’s thirtieth birthday party… just two dips from a … More Olive Olives

Excellent Lentils

Lentil facts and more lentil recipes than you ever knew you needed. I was shocked to discover a few days ago that a father-son duo very near and dear to me did not know what lentils are. Wuh?!? How could I have failed them so miserably that not only have they claimed never to have … More Excellent Lentils

Keen on Peaches

Let’s talk about peaches and the best produce, before I give you my favorite summer dessert recipe. We just about drown in peaches in the summer, in North Carolina. Before I moved here, I never knew a peach could taste so good. Now, you can just eat a peach, and that is awesome. Peaches are … More Keen on Peaches

Liquid Diet

A word on smoothies and one great recipe. I have become known is some (small) circles as the dessert lady. To one particular family friend, I am the queen of dips. But I think of myself as the expert on smoothies and chilies. I LOVE smoothies and chilies, so that helps. But then there are … More Liquid Diet

The Magical Fruit

I wanted to get one more blog entry in before I launched RealisticChef, because this morning I got my first blog question. I received a call from a family member. “When are you going to start that food blog? I need a recipe for beans and vegetables.” Ultimately, he was aiming at weight loss. And … More The Magical Fruit

More Than Movies

Popcorn recipes and facts. Popcorn gets a bad rap. Perhaps it deserves it. After all, most people around here recognize it best died yellow and slathered in refined fat and chemical tastes. If only we could undo all that, popcorn could be one of the great boons of North America. Perhaps you can find it … More More Than Movies

Humble Beginnings

A recipe for carrot pasta, and all about carrots. There are many, many places to start, but we are going to begin with the humble carrot. Carrots are a great food for our purposes, since they are readily available and affordable. Even organic carrots (which I recommend) are not outside of most of our financial … More Humble Beginnings