Meat-less Bolognese Sauce

Red sauce is no joking matter in my family.  Just ask my mother.  When my parents got married over 32 years ago, the proper way to make red sauce was a source of marital strife.  Now my mother laughs about,  my dad arranging weekend trips to visit his grandparents so my mother could learn the “proper technique” from my father’s Nonna.   Different regions of Italy, approach red sauce differently.  But as my mother quickly learned, in my father’s eyes, there was only one right way.  If only my mother had a nickel for every time my dad said, “Its good but its not as good as Nonna’s.” I don’t…

Roasted Pumpkin Kale and Farro Salad

I wait around all year for Fall time’s colors, flavors, smells, and even the decor.  I’m not much of a seasonal decorator, but thats why I love fall.  You can stick a pumpkin on anything and call it decorated.  Stick some dried wheat in a vase and call it harvest themed.  Dig that grapevine wreath out of my attic and attach it to the hook near my front door. Voila.  Fall decor at its laziest finest. I know there are the people who go alllll out.  And, I envy their seasonal decoration mojo and enjoy their efforts from a far.  But the laws of seasonal decorations and the laws of…

Apple Hazelnut Tart with Shortbread Crust

Ok.  So according to the internet, today is national apple day.  Who knew there was such a thing… There really is a day for everything now, gosh.  I think I saw on Instagram or something that last tuesday was national taco day?  Is this different than every other taco tuesday?  And what happens if that date doesn’t fall on a tuesday next year?  But, I do love apples.  And if I were to pick a day to have a fake celebration, I may pick national apple day. On national apple day, what would we eat?  Well, apples of course!  Apple pie may seem like a logical choice here.  But I…

Caramelized Onion Quiche

I am always a little uncertain what to make of quiche.  Is it breakfast?  Is it dinner? Tart pan like the French? Or pie dish like the Americans?  My very non-scientific, gastronomic historical analysis figures that only Americans would eat a spongy egg dish for breakfast. So the idea of it as a breakfast food must be a “new world” concept.  The French are too busy sipping their lattes and nibbling croissants anyhow.  And, I certainly don’t blame them.  I would be too. But a good quiche for dinner?  I have to tell you.  Every now and again, it just hits the spot!    Especially when it involves caramelized onions…

Spicy Chinese Noodle Soup with Tofu

Getting sick is one of the most inconvenient parts of life.  It never seems to happen at a “good time.”  I don’t know exactly what a good time to get sick might be, but in general, I get sick at some of the worst times.  In college, I recall being perpetually sick during finals week each fall quarter.  Last year, I got sick over Christmas.  And, right now, I am sick before I go on a huge trip that I absolutely cannot be sick for!  So I am drinking hot honey-lemon-ginger water, green tea, and water like it is my J-O-B!  And, I’m popping ginseng and vitamin C like tic-tacs…
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