Savory Bread Pudding

Back in California, I became known for my bread pudding.  The irony is that it was literally different every single time.

My husband and I don’t eat much bread, so long ago I started putting bread in the freezer.  {{{any and all bread}}}

When I have too much bread in the freezer, I make a bread pudding.  Some of our favorites have included remnants of Trader Joes’s lemon bread, cherry/chocolate enhanced, cinnamon etc.  
This week I had a ton of savory breads from Mediterra Bakehouse, including some jalapeño cheddar.  Clearly, this meant thinking differently as a sweet bread pudding would not work.

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Blueberry Deliciousness

Can't go wrong with a blueberry muffin

When I want to show D that I love him an extra bit, I make blueberry muffins.  There is nothing quite like seeing his face light up when he knows he gets to lick the whisk or bowl as blueberry muffin batter has always been his favorite.

Since I started making almond milk and yogurt from scratch (thanks Team Yogurt!), I generally wind up with leftover almond pulp and/or whey.  Wasting is not my thing as you may know if you have read about my veggie compost stock, so I try to figure out ways to utilize the byproducts of my homemade goodness.

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Salt, Fat, Heat, Acid Dinner Party

Chicken ready for dinner!  Love a recipe that includes rice for a one-pot wonder

Awhile back, I signed up to test recipes for the forthcoming cookbook of a high school friend, Samin Nosrat, called Salt, Fat, Heat, Acid.

Let’s back up a bit further to share what prompted me to want to test her recipes.  Samin and I both attended La Jolla High School and went to the Bay Area for college.  She attended Berkeley and I attended USF.  With Facebook and what not, we reconnected and I learned that she had gotten very into the culinary scene that abounds in the Bay Area.  It was at a time that I was starting to test my home-cooking skills.  In addition to her involvement in pop-up markets, she offered a series of cooking classes that taught some basic skills or a particular food.

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What’s for Dinner?

A few weeks ago, a high school friend of mine invited a group of women to join a closed Facebook group called “What’s for Dinner?”

It has been the best Facebook group that I have joined yet, seriously.  It is women (& men!) being honest about the struggle with what to cook for dinner.  It’s people studying for grad school, with kids,  with partners, you know people from all walks of life who want to nourish themselves and their families.

At first, it seemed like it would be hard to think of what’s for dinner each night, but then it got real, really quickly, and we each started sharing about our struggles with what to cook and eat.

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Cancer Sucks

Twice in the last few weeks I have felt my anger at cancer bubble up and a bit of grief too even 11+ years later there are things that trigger the grief.  

Once for the family of a little girl in our community who lost her battle at 8 right when we moved to Phoenix and a second time in the wee hours of the morning today as I struggled to sleep from the pain in my tonsils. {{they come out again next month God-willing}} 

I read a post on Scary Mommy that is about as close to the truth as it gets when you know have been thru watching your parent die of cancer and start to watch others go thru it.  

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