How Essential Oils Can Help Spark Creativity – GUEST POST

This guest post is by Sally Wong of Think Oily Let’s face it: we all know that essential oils are very useful in our daily lives. They keep us healthy and well by purifying the air, heightening our immune system, quickening the healing of cuts or bruises, and balancing out our bodies. I don’t know about you, but these little glass bottles tend to be more useful than most of Continue Reading…

Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Dijon Mustard Sauce

I got a big surprise when I opened the package of what the label claimed was chicken. My heart was set on Italian chicken with artichoke sauce for dinner. I had peeled potatoes to make the best mashed potatoes and had all my ingredients out. What I found in the package was the other white meat. Instead of chicken, we had impromptu pork chops with mustard sauce. Although it turned Continue Reading…

Lemon Sage Shortbread Cookies you can’t stop eating #RecipeShowdown

He just ate a fermented stinky rabbit head, maggot poop (gag), and scorpions for dessert but spit out a walnut like it’s the most bizarre thing on earth. I’m talking about you, Andrew Zimmern! My husband thinks it’s just a publicity stunt, like shoving bulls’ testicles down your throat isn’t a hard enough sell. I went on making my lemon sage shortbread cookies feeling a bit adventurous myself. Wait! There Continue Reading…

The only scalloped potatoes recipe you’ll ever need!

Using a mandoline slicer has proven to be painful if you get a bit distracted. My daughter will vouch that I’m like a magpie – easily distracted by shiny objects. Only this time my distraction was dull (unlike my mandoline) and a shade darker. Making scalloped potatoes was probably a bad idea. My mind was preoccupied.   Within one week I have lost my grade school friend to breast cancer Continue Reading…

BREAD – sweet and savory – Share and Inspire Others! – REBLOG

Strangest thing: When I started the Recipe Showdown cooking challenge I thought I was inventing the warm water. Maybe not inventing, as it already exists in Europe, but I was getting all the plumbing over here so that we can benefit from it too. Little did I know: There are several similar games already circulating around old US of A. And somehow they found me and started inviting me to Continue Reading…

A Ceremony for our Ovaries

When my 31-yo daughter told me “Janet Jackson is pregnant and she is your age, can you imagine being pregnant again?” I said HELL NO! But… First, I confirmed the HELL NO one more time, followed with a shudder just for good measure, and then I went on with my life without thinking about it again. Until last night. A ceremony for our ovaries It was after midnight and I Continue Reading…

Easy Cauliflower Frittata

Is plural for frittata still frittata or frittatas? I’m afraid my site would be searched for a different reason, ha! To get me to eat vegetables my mom would often hide them in the most unexpected ways. It wasn’t that I hated them but I wouldn’t even try them to begin with, and probably just thought I’d hate them. I mean duh, they’re vegetables…Gross! But once she tricked me into Continue Reading…

Slow cooker beer-braised pot roast recipe

This slow cooker beer-braised pot roast recipe makes this dish the king of comfort food. Slow cooker beer-braised pot roast recipe Last night was bitter cold and husband got called to investigate a fire, which took him a good four hours. He was barely back in bed when it was time go to work again, poor guy. One thing I can do to help him:   When he is on Continue Reading…

How to make the best mashed potatoes from scratch

One secret ingredient makes this the best mashed potatoes. How to make the best mashed potatoes from scratch For my first work-related potluck here in the States, I worked my fingers to the bone making a complex dish from my home country wanting to leave a good impression. Just as I was entering the break room my colleagues shouted in excitement. No, they weren’t happy to see me.   The Continue Reading…

The Best Chicken Wings Recipe – finger lickin’ good

Do you want the secret to amazing, best chicken wings recipe? Keep reading. The Best Chicken Wings Recipe I’ll be honest:   When, over a year ago, a young coworker emailed me an unsolicited recipe for what she called “amazing lemon pepper wings” I thought Girl, I’ve been making amazing chicken wings before you were born. There’s nothing new you could teach me about tasty, crispy wings. I’m a food Continue Reading…