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

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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…

Toast

crispy good

I’m going to share a little love with you…toast. I know it sounds ridiculous but this is a treat my Mom would make for us on a cold day, a lazy morning or with a tea in the afternoon to perk us up. This toast will make you happy. We do this either as cinnamon…

Hello Monday

thanksgiving 1

I hope your weekend and Thanksiving were wonderful! We all had a good time, ate a lot of delicious food and really enjoyed ourselves. I’m just going to show you in no special order what we were up to. With it being cyber Monday I have been doing a little shopping. I’m looking forward to…

The Thanksgiving Bar?

barcart

To heck with the food and table I’ve got to get my priorities in order #1 the bar. Actually I was looking at ┬áSunset magazine and their little set up and thought I’d give it a whirl. I’ll take any holiday inspriration. Something to to motivate me to make me want to write out a…

Smoked Pork Chops

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Love them thats’s what I have to say about them-but I only really love them with sauerkraut. I was so happy to see smoked pork chops at our local grocery they can be tricky to find, at least in So. California. They are so easy because you just have to warm them up to make…

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