Ramp Pesto

Ok, this is the last recipe I’m posting for ramps… For now at least. I can’t express adequately how much I love the flavor of these things and the fact that they are hard to come by might increase the love a bit! I gotta say, I’m attracted to that little green guy and he’s…

Molasses Glazed Chicken

We had guests for dinner… Well, The Rock star was tracking drums for our friend Lucky Diaz (Of Latin Grammy winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, oh! Is that a name I dropped there? hang on while I pick it up…) and in the spirit of a girl who loves to entertain, we…

Pickled Ramps

Remember those fantastically delicious ramps that I was gifted? You know, the ones I wrote about here and then again here? I decided to pickle some of them and they are lovely! It’s about as simple as it gets and will give you the ability to use the flavor of ramps long after their season has ended….

Prince and My Brother

“Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life Electric word life It means forever and that’s a mighty long time But I’m here to tell you There’s something else The after world A world of never ending happiness You can always see the sun, day or night…”  -Prince 1958-2016…

S’more please!

My oldest is turning ten next week and we are having what will likely be his last childhood birthday party. We’ll still celebrate of course, but he’s let me know that a few guys, a movie and a trip to the skatepark will do. Lemme think about it… Ok! You mean I can skip rsvp’s,…

Vietnamese Inspired Shrimp Soup

My vegetable broth is piling up in the freezer. I knew I’d better start using it or I’d run out of room for, you know, everything else. Soup made sense but I wanted something kind of light since it’s started heating up here in LA. Maybe hot N’ sour or vegetable barley… I decided to…

Bucatini with Ramps Sautéed in Browned Butter

As promised, I am reporting back to you with my first use of the ramps that I was gifted earlier this week! If you missed that post, ramps are a delicious wild leek with an intense garlic/onion flavor. The greens are a mild grassy version of that flavor and they are delicious! I am not…

Chicken Soup

Everyone knows how to make chicken soup. Many of you make it from your own bone broth. I just wanted to post a reminder to that point. This shit is SO easy! Listen, I come from a long line of ultra frugal women… My grandma was the queen of re-use. Recycling was a non-issue in…

Ramps!

Today I was gifted a large bag of ramps! I have never cooked with them but their flavor is AHHHH-Mazing. I totally get the hype for these oniony/garlicy/grassy flavored cousin of the leek! I have an idea for two recipes but could easily make four… I’d love to hear how you’ve used them! Stay tuned!…

Veggie Lasagne

Lasagne is an everything meal to me. You can put everything in it and it is appropriate for every occasion! There’s something about the edges, though! The crispy texture and slightly exaggerated flavor… I will seriously fight you for the corner! But, I digress. My sister, Traci was the first person to serve me lasagne…

Okie Tacos

This is tacos the way my family does it. My grandma’s tacos… The tacos of my childhood. We, my cousins and I, gave them the moniker “Okie Tacos” as teens, much to my grandma’s chagrin. She said “They aren’t Okie tacos! I learned to make them from my neighbor and she was Mexican!” When the…

24 Hour Buttermilk Chicken

What does one do when we’ve “been there, done that” with chicken? The answer is, go back… way back. Buttermilk has been used as a marinade for more than 100 years (I’m being conservative) and is known to tenderize and keep chicken moist and tangy. It’s just not that often used. I thought I’d bring…