2 years ago today…

There must be something about the day after Christmas because 2 years ago today was the last time I posted anything on this blog. Here I am again, the day after Christmas, without an idea as to when the last time I posted was until I logged on. In short, I’M BACK!!! I’m not going…

Manny’s hash browns

Like mother like son. My son, Manny, loves to cook. Today he made his famous hash browns for an afternoon snack. He used three large russet potatoes, bell peppers, hatch chile, garlic, green onions,white onions and cilantro. We cooked them first with the top on the skillet and then the last few minutes with the…

Success! Cheesy Potatoey Goodness

  Success!  I have conquered scalloped potatoes au gratin and am inspired to make them again – but better! I would  definitely add more cheese on top because I like them to be a little more cheesy and a more substantial “crust” on top. I am thinking about putting in some finely chopped oyster mushrooms…

Vegan Holiday Kitchen

Vegan Holiday Kitchen. This is a must have for your cookbook collection – vegan or non-vegan. The Shepherds Pie is sooooo good! I make it all year and it freezes really well if you wanted to put it in individual ramekins (?sp).

8-Day $20 Challenge

 I have over spent my budget on food this month and now I have 8 more days in my credit card billing cycle and only $20 left for food. Do you think it will last? I have some food in my pantry and refrigerator but I am going to have to get really creative. I…

This is me having fun in the kitchen

This is me having fun in the kitchen

Ahhh the joy of the small kitchen! This small kitchen forces me to be creative with my use of space. I think that’s what I like about it and I’m certain there are even smaller kitchens than mine. I have such a blast cooking, experimenting, and making a mess! I took a moment to take of picture of this moment because I was having so much fun cooking and using my kitchen tools that I didn’t notice the huge mess I made.

I have some ideas to make this kitchen more functional but I am not sure if I am going to be moving in the next month or two, so I am holding off on making any major changes. Who knows? Maybe my next kitchen will be a small one, too.

Deviant behavior and chipotle ice cubes

  I confess, my progress in weight loss was quickly stunted by my indulgance in some delicious enchiladas espinacas (spinach enchiladas) from our favorite Mexican place here in Tucson, Guadalajara Grill, last night. They came drowning in cream sauce and monterey jack cheese. Needless to say I feel heavy today and a little guilty. Well…

I’m back!

It was a long week last week but ended on a high note of my official acceptance letter to an MSW program. I celebrated by having wine and pizza with my friends. I really enjoyed showing my friend Monica how to make pizza dough and bake a pizza from scratch. It was her first time…