Monthly Archives: January 2013

Soups On!

veggies for the soup

  I have 4 or 5 different types of vegetable soup I make but I was looking for a good one everyone would enjoy. ┬áSometimes I make vegetable soup with just veggies like a minestrone or I’ll make a beautiful clear pot of oxtail soup with those beautiful white bones but my daughter threatened me…

Chicago

chicago 2

Things one might see in Chicago in the winter…You can play this like eye spy just incase it’s rainy, cold and your trapped inside on this day in January. No? Okay here are a few things I did or saw in Chicago this week besides freeze my legs off. I got to meet my little…

Vegetables

blanched carrots

I love vegetables more than other food. Sometimes it’s the preparation of the vegetables over the ingredients that makes an amazing dish. This carrot salad might have you thinking of the old fashion carrot and raisin salad but it really has a completely different flavor profile, a little more savory. The bean soup I think…

The Carameliest of Corns

carmel corn

Caramel, carmel, caramelly carameliest- right? hahaha shhhh- I’m sure you’ve had enough sugar by now believe me you have, I checked with your mother and she said you’ve had enough ;) So file this caramel corn recipe away for a rainy day. I usually make this in the fall it’s wonderful with pecans or walnuts…

BBQ Calzones

sliced calzone

A calzone is one of the easiest/quickest things to make for dinner I’m sure you make these already but maybe not with this filling. I feel funny calling it a calzone because it’s certainly not Italian ha, does it have to be? Let’s just call it a good hot sandwich. Oh no I’m wrong it…

Corn Meal Pancakes

corn meal cakes 2

These pancakes are hearty, filling, dense, tender and full of flavor. I like a berry syrup especially blueberry. It balances this pancake’s flavor well. This recipe is unique because you soften the corn meal first. This is a twist I really like-it makes a better, more tender crumb. 1 cup of boiling water, 3/4 cup…

Cabbages & Apples

pork dinner

Here are two of mine all time favorite things- cooked red cabbage and crunchy slaw. Both of theses recipes are based on simple ingredients cabbage and apples. First, I’ll share my red cabbage, a sweet and tangy side dish served warm and perfect for a chilly winter evening. This will give you 4 good size…

Happy 2013!

morning 2013

I hope you all have a healthy and happy 2013! Come visit me on instagram at myhappyca I’m always better at posting there…it’s too easy. Driving from Santa Barbara caught this beautiful sunset. Those are the Channel Islands on the horizon, Island of the Blue Dolphin anyone? Morning 2013! The blue patch in the background…