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…

Acorn Squash and Coconut Milk Soup with Apples and Shallots

It is officially fall, you guys.  Some days it feels like fall and others it still feels like summer, but when since I can see my breath on some of my morning runs, I believe what the calendar says.  It is fall.  If you read my post earlier this week, you know that I have mixed feelings about fall, especially when it comes to my small house and hosting.  While I may be weird about small crowded spaces and house traffic jams, I have absolutely zero mixed feelings about fall colors, cool crisp fall days, or FALL FOOD!!!!  Most especially if the words squash, pumpkin, or apple are involved. So,…
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September’s Entertaining Tips: Hosting in a Small Space

Small houses have a lot to offer – especially the old, quirky, slightly awkward variety. They can be cuter, cozier, and no matter how fancy they may be on the inside, the exterior can escape being cast into the lot of cookie cutter McMansions. Luckily, our house is small and a little bit run down, but in the “gives it character” kind of way. To me, it just feel like home. But, needless to say, our house is about as far from a McMansion as they come. Don’t even get me started on the builders in our area buying up the little old bungalows almost as fast as they are…

Sesame Honey Baked Tofu

I have received a few questions on the subject so I want to clear a few things up.  Most of the recipes I post are vegetarian in nature.  Some of the main courses even fall into the vegan category.  I am not a vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, etc…  My dietary habits and patterns do not follow any any specified set of rules or guidelines.  I eat sweets – as you can tell from the blog.  I consume dairy – in moderation (because cheese, duh!).  And, occasionally, I eat and cook with meat!  The biggest guidelines that I follow are to eat everything in moderation. In general, I eat healthy monday-friday and…

Thick and Gooey Salted Caramel Dip

I’m not sure what combination of events lead up to this.  It certainly wasn’t a conscious effort.  I’m guessing living and growing up in Washington state played a large part?  And maybe always being on the go?  But I love apples.  Scratch that, I could probably be categorized as an apple nerd.  I would estimate that 95% of the time, my lunch consists of some combination of an apple and almond butter, peanut butter, or a handful of raw nuts.  I am not sure why I haven’t gotten sick of it or out grown it because I been eating it with regular frequency for well over 10 years.  While other…
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