Hummus

One of my closest friends moved to Little Rock, Arkansas from Memphis, Tennessee last year. He still has a home here and periodically comes to visit. We usually get together at a local Mexican restaurant to sit on the patio, drink margaritas, and catch up. My friend is a picky vegetarian, you know one who…

Summer Fun

I chaperoned three 11-year-old boys last night. We had a sleepover at my house, my first in many years. However, no sleep was to be had. I normally work weekends, but was fortunate to get a Saturday off and decided to host my son and his friends. After a day of swimming at the neighbor’s…

The Best Carrot Cake Ever

I cannot take credit for this recipe. It belongs to an ex-boyfriend’s mother. She made fabulous cakes, and this was his favorite. She used to make it for his birthday. When sh e was diagnosed with Celiac disease, she could no longer make any cakes with regular flour. Not only could she not eat anything…

Making Okonomiyaki

Last summer, I became¬†friends with a girl at work who had lived in Japan while in college. Her name is Lisa, and she actually speaks three languages: ¬†English, German, and Japanese. We spent many days lounging by the pool soaking up the sun. We no longer work together. She took a job with an international…

Guy Fieri’s Spicy Steamed Mussels

2 lbs mussels, washed and debearded 4 Tbsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (2-in piece) ginger, minced 2 serrano chile peppers, seeded and diced 1 tsp curry powder 2 tsp ground coriander 1/2 c white wine 1/4 c water 3 Tbsp heavy cream freshly ground black pepper 1/2 bunch…

Hey, mom, look at my mussels!

One of the things I love about my son is that he makes quite the sous chef! It never ceases to amaze me that he enjoys cooking and watching cooking shows as much as me. It shouldn’t surprise me, however, because he is surrounded by family members who love to eat and talk about food….

The gift that keeps on giving…

Christmas 2011 was the year of domestic gadgetry. I received an electric can opener, a mini food processor, an electric sweeper and, most importantly, a Cuisinart ice cream maker as gifts. This baby makes 2 quarts of frozen dessert in half an hour! I am not a huge fan of ice cream, and I do…

Chocolate Cherry Frozen Yogurt

9 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, cut into 1-in pieces 1 1/2 c whole milk, heated to a simmer 4 c lowfat vanilla yogurt 1/3 c sugar 1/4 c maraschino cherry juice 1 c drained maraschino cherries, chopped Place the chocolate in a food processor. Pulse to chop. Add warm milk in slowly and process…