The Samoa S’more

Cookie season is over and we have more than a few boxes of these gems left. We call them Samoas in SoCal but I hear they are Carmel Delights elsewhere. Whatever you call it, take a box of these out on your next camping trip and make it a memorable event…  

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Overnight Kale Salad with Quinoa

After a long hard day of work, Hubs often comes home, tired, sweaty and hoping for a hot meal. It’s often those days I hand him a plate of this kale salad. Sure, I can see the momentary flicker of disappointment in his eyes. Salad can be a very boring meal. I usually follow-up with bourbon … Continue reading

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Nana’s Southern Trifle

I come from a family that eats their way through grief. Which is why I decided to make this cake for the 45 kinfolk that came to town for my Aunt’s memorial service last weekend. Every grown man in my family is well over 6 ft. tall, with a hollow leg and a serious sweet tooth. … Continue reading

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Winter Farmer’s Market Salad

I tried my hand again at farming. This time purely by default. When my farmers left the garden they left it chock full of goodies. Beautiful winter veggies that were going to go to seed if I didn’t do something quickly. So one afternoon I trekked out back with a Lululemon bag in hand and a … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash and Leek Soup with Cornbread Croutons

This recipe is a prime example of how hectic things have been in the Foodie kitchen. I started this post back in early November of 2012. That’s right, 2012.  Since then, I’ve made it a handful of times including this Thanksgiving to rave family reviews, and many a request for the recipe. “Don’t worry, I’ll blog about … Continue reading

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Vacation Villa Fried Okra

On our recent trip to the Bahamas, I was taken aback at the cost of food. Milk was nearly $8 a gallon, a dozen eggs was $7 and as you can imagine the cost to eat out, even more. Since I am innately frugal and have two small somewhat picky eaters, I decided to schlep a large … Continue reading

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Herby Salsa Verde

It’s been quite the busy summer at the Foodie house. Lots of vacations and food inspirations.  Among those vacations, a camping trip to The Grand Canyon and the nearby KOA campground.  I’ve always said the difference between a vacation and a trip often comes down to “work load”.  Camping can be more work than say … Continue reading

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Well, Boot camp is officially over and I didn’t come in first place. Sigh. For weeks now, I’ve been mad-dogging my competition “Robin” by keeping my weight loss totals hush-hush and slowly hacking 2 minutes off my incredibly slow mile. She knew I was after her and she really wanted first prize as well. There may or … Continue reading

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Kumquat and Hoosier Momma BBQ Sauce

Kumquat season is back! This recipe was one I created last year but never had the chance to post. With my entire series on Kumquats (see- Kumquat Tea Cakes, Kumquat Chutney, Kumquat Curry Chicken, Deconstructed Kumquat Salad), I may have burned myself out on those tiny little citrus goodies. So here is my chance at filing this recipe out … Continue reading

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Homemade Granola with Cashews, Pistachios, Cranberries and Flaxseed

You knew something healthy was coming after my last post. It turns out that four weeks into bootcamp- I’m not starving, I’m losing weight, and I’m still drinking (albeit a lot less) wine. Hubs has been my rock. He’s this uber-happy 5:30am alarm-setting, goal-maintaining, worker-outer. He sets my alarm, wakes me up with the happiest pep-talk, and before … Continue reading

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A BLT with Style

“How was your weekend in the desert with Daddy?” I asked my five-year old upon returning from her big outdoor adventure. “Did you know that ‘bailing’ is a fancy word for falling off your quad with style?” she exclaimed. “So you fell off your quad?” I said. “No, I definitely bailed” she assured me. Well … Continue reading

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Potato Leek Soup

Even the Foodie has to find inspiration somewhere. Sometimes it with the easiest things. I can come up with fairly random recipes on my own. This comes from years of never having just all the right ingredients I need to make a recipe. While I frequently scan the 80 cookbooks in my collection, sometimes it … Continue reading

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Stuffed Cabbage

I’ve never been a gambler. Nana and Papa Foodie loved to gamble but the gene definitely skipped me. Put me at a blackjack table in Vegas, give me $100 and I’ll get up and walk over to the stores and buy a pair of shoes. But that is not to say that I won’t take … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash, Kale and Cheddar Bread Pudding

The Foodie kitchen remodel is finally nearing it’s completion. We’ve moved home after almost 3 weeks away and I can barely eat a meal out I’m so obsessed with trying out all the new appliances. But, it wasn’t all roses. It was one of the more stressful experiences and has forever ended any notion that I’ll “custom build … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts Throwdown

I saw the stalk in the kitchen upon arriving at Papa Foodies for this Thanksgiving holiday. I immediately saw potential. After a few minutes of bantering between Papa Foodie with regards to the best way to make Brussels Sprouts, I immediately saw a competition. So we decided the following night we would have a brussels … Continue reading

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Fedora’s Famous Truffle Guacamole

I didn’t know I loved fedoras. The comeback hat didn’t hit my suburban housewife bubble until recently. Maybe I’ve been too bogged down in baby drool and toddler tantrums to notice the changing trend on people’s heads. So last month when we were in Napa and traveling alone with another couple and without children, I … Continue reading

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Sneaky Spaghetti-Sqaush Spaghetti

There are a handful of moments in my current life where I think, “man, I am on fire today!” Just this week I had one of those days. In the morning I had an accepted offer for my clients, who are first-time homebuyers and have been looking quite awhile. I love their enthusiasm, which I must … Continue reading

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Eggplant Caviar Dip

I may be permanently banned from Seville. Maybe not the entire town but certainly from the Tour de Spain which is the Tour de France’s younger brother.  I know nothing about large-scale cycling races. And, this was long before Lance Armstrong was popular. I know even less about driving a stick shift car. Do they still … Continue reading

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Old School Bacon Beer Green Beans

“He’s playing hardball. And I got to admit. I’m impressed.” Beanie- Old School. Sometimes I need to get old-school. Especially when it comes to cooking something the kids will eat. They’ve been playing hardball with me since they were both around one. When that lovely phase of “look my baby eats anything!” rapidly degenerates into- “my … Continue reading

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Lemon Cucumber and Tomato Salad

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or, so the saying goes. Every Tuesday, when I head to the Farmer’s Market to pick up my CSA basket one of two things happens with my children. I get sugar, or I get lemons. Typically, it’s the latter. They want to run through the play water feature, spend and hour … Continue reading

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Big G’s Yellow Squash

Big G was  a crafty woman.  G was for Granny and Big, well that’s because she was 6 feet tall. She would come visit us a few months of every year. She would arrive on the Greyhound bus she’d taken across country from one of my aunt’s or uncles’ homes. She was full of stories about her … Continue reading

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The Salted Maple Pisco Sour

As Hubs and I approach our 7th year of marriage, we often think back to our wedding with fond memories.  I suppose our friends should have suspected our foodie ways as we insisted on getting married at the venue that served the best food in town.  We custom named our wedding drinks after our alma mater and outside … Continue reading

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Grilled Stuffed Figs

Pa-in-Law has all sorts of exotic fruit trees on his property- loquats, pomegranates and figs. I get the impression Ma-in-Law does not hold the same giddy enthusiasm for bizarre yard fruit as I do. Therefore, every time I swing by my in-laws house, Pa-in-Law and I go round the yard and he picks me a bag of all sorts of … Continue reading

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The Michelada

A very long time ago before I met my dear Hubs, I was a woman who liked to date. Rather, I was a girl who liked to eat, and a foodie fresh out of college on a first job just can’t afford to eat nice restuarant meals every night. That is, unless some nice gentleman is picking … Continue reading

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Grilled Anaheim Chili Poppers

I have an unnatural fear of the barbeque. It stems from inexperience but also the classic Hubs and Foodie “Great Christmas Turkey Fire Incident” back in 2007. We still point fingers at each other and neither of us take the full blame for almost burning down our block on Christmas Day. Here’s what went wrong… … Continue reading

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Mixed Green Salad with Edible Flowers and Blue Cheese

Sometime in the middle of the night- “Hubs, wake up, did I set the dishwasher on delay tonight? I swear I hear something” I say. “ZZZZZZZZZZ, probably sprinklers outside, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ”, mumbles Hubs. Around 6:15am- “Babe! You gotta get up RIGHT NOW!” Hubs calls. Well, good grief, long-gone are the days of  Hubs making me coffee and … Continue reading

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4th of July Pimms Strawberry and Blueberry Custard

Liquor-soaked starwberries and blueberries? Baked in a creamy white base? What better way to say to say “God Bless America”? I cannot take credit for the creation of this recipe. I follow a fellow food blogger who goes by the name Frugal Feeding. He created this wonderful dish name Strawberry Pimm’s Clafoutis which you can find here- http://frugalfeeding.com/2012/06/15/strawberry-and-pimms-clafoutis/Continue reading

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Watermelon and Zucchini Chili Lime Salad

Poor Hubs, he leaves town for a week and returns to me soaking my hands in olive oil swearing about how to get my wedding ring off. I told him it was Tajin, and he asked me where he could find him. “Spice cabinet”, I mumble, furiously working that damn ring finger. “Really? You are … Continue reading

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Bruschetta Pancetta Pole/Runner Beans

The Dutch Farmers call them Pole Beans. But I think they are better described as Runner Beans. Pole Beans imply they could be any bean grown on a pole and these beans don’t look anything like I’ve ever seen. Maybe it’s because I suffered through nicknames like “Bean Pole” as an awkwardly tall middle schooler, that the title … Continue reading

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Blueberry Lemon Basil Martini

A quick online search for blueberry martinis turns up all sorts of frightening pictures of drink that looks more like blue kool-aid than the lovely drink I first tried six summers ago in a little town called Camden, Maine. Camden is a quaint seaside town where virtually everything they serve in town involves blueberries. My college girlfriend and I had driven … Continue reading

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Scallops with Bacon Jam, Jalapeno and Kumquat

Papa Foodie had just had knee surgery. I was in charge of transport. He was rambling. You know, that good kind of rambling that involves heavy meds? I was immensely amused. So amused that I almost drove right past that cloud of dark smoke rising from the neighbor’s yard. Thankfully, I’d had a venti latte … Continue reading

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Flank Steak with Kimchi Rice and Egg

I had no sooner gotten home from Bestie Reunion in NYC when I found myself in a very typical predicament- screaming toddler at preschooler pick-up. All who witnessed thought the same thing- so glad that’s not my kid. Thankfully, I have good friends. The kind of friends who text- “Looks like you could use a drink” before … Continue reading

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Ramp Leaves with Stinky Cheese

 My Germaphobe threat level was at orange. Let’s be honest, I’m not a big fan of unwashed foraged veggies, that I feel obligated to consume.  How many hands have touched these? What about the dirt? Did a wild hog poop right next to these before they were foraged? So when Tyron, the cheese guy from Cato Corner Farms noticed the ramps … Continue reading

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Ramps! The Farmers Market at Union Square

“Ramps!” the farmer shouted from his stand as we approached. “What did that guy just call us?” asked my NYC bestie with a look of horror in her eyes. “Ramps, and don’t worry he’s not referring to us, he’s talking about that giant stack of wild leeks.” “Wild what?” she said. It’s Bestie Reunion Weekend in NYC and … Continue reading

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Spicy Kale Chips

There was only one other time Hubs or I have accidentally lit something on fire when cooking. But, that is another post entirely. This week I did light something on fire- Kale Chips. Kale Chips are definitely trending in the world of culinary “have you tried this?”. So much so that I’ve been trying to avoid posting about them since I … Continue reading

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Red Butter Leaf Salad with Roasted Chicken, Fennel and Parmesean

Bunco- the game of choice for suburban women everywhere. Some call it “drunko”, which is also a legitimate moniker.  Any game that involves dice and drinking may or may not end in total inebriation. But don’t tell Hubs, I’ve got him thinking I’m involved in a knitting circle of some sort. I was first invited into Bunco by my friend … Continue reading

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Turkey Chorizo Tacos with Chard Greens and Zucchini

When Hubs and I were first dating, I came across a phone number on his flip phone. Her name was Lolita and I was instantly concerned. Who was this woman? How did he know her? Why was he calling her every single day? “I can’t believe I haven’t introduced you to Lolita, I’ll take you … Continue reading

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Chili-Lime Grapefruit Magaritas

I have some of the fondest memories from Friday nights in my childhood. Mama and Papa Foodie would grill steaks, crank up the music and dance around the living room with this amazing looking blended yellow frozen beverage with salt on the rim.  Papa Foodie became well known for his concotions. It was certainly the beverage of the 80’s … Continue reading

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Wild Alaskan Cod and Chard Greens en Papillote

My daughter loves the children’s book series Fancy Nancy. The books revolve around this little girl who likes to use fancy vocabulary, fancy clothes and pretty much fancy everything. Her family is quite plain, possibly crunchy-granola. I imagine they live in Boulder, maybe even Santa Cruz. My daughter couldn’t be more different from Nancy. I beg, plead and bribe her to … Continue reading

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Spicy Kale and Chicken Andouille Soup

What if I told you I had family members named Itchy, Frec, Pig and Swampwater? You would think I was lying. Understandably.  I know Hubs thought I was telling a tall tale. But Hubs is a SoCal native and people here don’t have names like that. So before Hubs and I were married, I felt it was … Continue reading

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Orange Fettucine

It wasn’t the trip where I got my high-heel stuck in a subway grate at 5am next to a parked car that was being vandalized. Nor was it the trip where my blonde girlfriends and I rode a row boat backward around Central Park lake wondering why all the people were pointing and laughing. On … Continue reading

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Jax BBQ Chicken Salad with Chopped Veg

She was 6 foot tall, nine months pregnant and running late. She quickly sat down on one of those tiny IKEA three stool benches which have a weight limit of thirty-five pounds.  Above her head hung a sign stating-  35 lbs and under! Chairs will collapse!  I was sitting front row to a potential disaster. What does a person do?  Do … Continue reading

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Strawberry-Beet Shortcakes

Hubs is back on the P90x again. While I am NOT trying to purposefully sabotage him by making high-carb sweet treats, it could be argued (especially by Hubs) that I have a tendency to cook more unfriendly items when he is on his diet. Confession… I cannot deny that diets, even the ones I am not on, make me … Continue reading

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Israeli Couscous Salad with Radish and Mint

I had a unique opportunity to live in Italy for six months. It was a glorious experience. I learned a lot. One of the things I learned is how the Italians are masters at the whole farm-to-table food concept. They really don’t eat things that are out of season because they of course know, which … Continue reading

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About My CSA and the Farmers

There are certain disadvantages to living in a large city. Small crammped living accomodations, confusing one-way streets and the never ending battle to find “free” parking. It of course has its advantages- great restuarants, happening nightlife and when you are a mom, a budding cook or a foodie like myself- a weekly farmers market. I remember when my bestie was … Continue reading

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Kumquat and Jalapeno Chutney

My sister hadn’t gotten the dinner memo. So when she arrived for family dinner this week she began a line of questioning that went something like this… Her- “What’s that?” Me- “Kumquat and Jalapeno Chutney to serve with the chicken” Her- “What’s this?” Me- “Deconstructed Kumquat and Beet Salad” Her- “What’s for dessert?” Me- “Kumquat … Continue reading

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Kumquat Tea Cake

Sometimes I have to drive Hubs’ Man-Car. It’s a bumpy, noisy, rough-riding beast of a vehicle that has none of the conveniences and charms that the Foodie enjoys in her Volvo. Every time I drive Hubs’ car we end up having the same conversation and it goes something like this… Me- “Babe! I’m in your car and I … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Roasted Kumquat and Beet Salad

The Kumquat Project continues with this delicious Roasted Kumquat and Beet Salad. My love for candy-cane striped beets started that fateful summer I attempted to grow my own garden. Maybe it was because they were the one of the only vegetables that grew and I felt an instant admiration for anything surviving my black thumb. From the moment … Continue reading

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Kumquat Curry Chicken

Every once in a while the synapses in my brain actually fire and connect. I’m a mother of two small children and I’m certain pregnancy ate away some fairly decent brain cells that I’ve never been able to get back. Half the time I can’t even hear myself think between the chatty 4-year-old and the crying baby. So … Continue reading

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Corn Strata with Dandelion Greens

There must be some spring cleaning this week at The Dutch Farmers CSA farm because now I’m getting their weeds in my veggie basket. The farmer smiled when she handed them to me and said “I can’t wait to see what you do with these. They are very healthy, but well…maybe not so tasty”. That … Continue reading

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Pimm’s Easter Brunch Punch

Have you ever had to dress up as the Easter Bunny and have 250 kids follow you around in the sweltering heat? I have. It’s a holiday tradition at Hubs’ work. The big joke is deciding which “lucky” family member  gets to dress up as the E.B. each year.  I got conned into it a few years back. … Continue reading

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