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A Simple Marinara Sauce!

If you read my post Marvelous, Moist, Meaty Meatballs then you are familiar with my Italian neighbor in Lugano, Switzerland. She is the one who taught me how to make these amazing meatballs. So, what’s a good meatball without an equally delicious sauce? I always thought that a really good marinara sauce took hours and hours of stirring and simmering, stirring some more and simmering some more. While this is true in some scenarios, it was not true in my...

Mashed Potatoes w/Hard-Boiled Eggs Just Like Grandma Made!

  When I was a child I loved being in the kitchen with my Great-Grandmother and Grandmother. I would listen to them chatter about the neighbor down the road, how my Grandfather would make my Grandmother mad and the gossip they overheard at the market about someone or another. They would chatter and giggle while peeling potatoes, shucking corn, snapping beans, preparing pots and pans for the evening meal never missing a beat. I loved to watch their hands flow...

Do You Love Chocolate Cupcakes? This Is For You!

I’m not one who generally has a sweet tooth. Mr. R, absolutely! Me, not so much. There is also that promise about quitting sugar I made to myself 3 years ago. The good news! I have kept my promise. The bad news! I am not motivated to bake! However, every once in a while Mr. R begs (read “pleads”) me to bake something, anything! A baker I am not, so I revert to my old standbys, Cookies or Cake. That’s...

Baby, I Refuse To Adult Today! I’m Thrilled To Be Coloring!

Have you heard about the newest craze? Adult Color Books! Can you believe it?! When I was a child I would whittle away hours coloring. I believe this is where I was first bitten by the creative bug that I have carried throughout my life. After, growing out of the coloring phase of childhood, I took to painting in acrylics, doodling in my journals, all the way to creating my own embroidery patterns for my very stylish, hip hugger, bell...

Guess What I Found in the Cheese Case?

I just love cheese … don’t you? I was at Trader Joe’s this weekend perusing the cheese case when I heard a young boy, maybe 8 years old, speaking to his Momma in French. French is a non-fluent, stumble through second language of mine. My curiosity peeked as I stood there pretending I wasn’t listening. Don’t judge me. There aren’t too many people in Columbia, SC who speak French. This young man was helping his Momma pick out a suitable...

I Hate Kale … There I Said It!

I know, right! This is a very bad statement especially coming from an advocate for green living. But, truth be told, I have tried to develop a loving relationship with the nutrient dense Brassica oleracea. I have eaten it raw, sauted, in soups and stews, juiced, in smoothies, braised and bruised, all to know avail. I still hate kale. It’s just simply a fact in my green living life. Until one day when I had a house guest staying with...

Family Fun at Charles Town Landing!

South Carolina has such a rich history that finding the perfect spot for a day trip is nothing more than deciding if you want to go north or south. On this particular day, I chose south and found myself turning into Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site in Charleston. Being a bit of a history buff this was the perfect place for me.  A visit to Charles Towne Landing tells you the story of the first English settlers who landed...

A Walkabout at Mepkin Abbey

If there is one thing in life that I can honestly say I live for it would be traveling. I really enjoy taking day trips to find new adventures in my general locale. On one such day trip I was drawn to Mepkin Abbey. On that particular day, I was feeling a little lost and needed some breathing room to re-center myself. Mepkin Abbey was just the place to fulfill that need. The Nancy Bryan Luce Gardens are absolutely breathtaking....

Panzanella, My Way!

This summer has started out pretty fiery here in South Carolina with highs in the 100’s and let me tell you, at the end of a long day the last thing you want is a hot meal prepared in a hot kitchen. So, the other night I was rummaging through the fridge to see what I could put together that was cool, refreshing and filling. Of course, salad was my first option but I was a tad bit hungrier than...

Get Your Salad On with Warm Bacon Dressing!

Summer is here and it’s salad time! We love salads anytime of the year but Summer just sings salad. Whether it’s a spinach salad, a romaine salad or a combination of spring greens, salads are a great way to get your veggies in. I know not all family members are privy to salads so that’s when I whip out my secret to get picky eaters eating salad. My secret is ….. (drum roll please) … bacon! Yep … I said...