Food

Family Across the US and Visiting

My sister and I weren't always friends. There was a point in my life when my young, cheery, bright attitude, didn't mesh well with her well organized teenage certainty. Okay I'm lying. I was five…


Christmas Party

Handsome and I have our own Christmas outside of the crazy family Christmas. We do our own thing days before most people have even purchased all of their gifts.   It's nice because we wear…


Apple Crisp

  I had a lot of left over apples from the market one week. I refused to can them because Handsome's grandma literally has a basement full of canned apples. So what do you do with a bushel of…


Farming, Farmers, and Love

  I've got an amazing farmer over at Embarras Valley Farm. She knows her tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers. I use to have a CSA through her but this year she decided not to do shares…


Canning

  I like to can for many reasons. One I love the products I make. I think that fresh salsa is the cats pajamas. It tastes like summer in the middle of winter. It tastes like summer in the…


Strawberry Jam

I recently made a batch of vegan jam. What makes it vegan? I didn't use pectin. What made it jam? Okay truthfully it turned out more like a syrup. BUT it was the best darn tasting jam/syrup I've had…


The Last Jar of Salsa Was Opened in May

  I have a note to myself to make 56 jars of salsa this year. It seems like a lot. I know, but what you get when you open a fresh jar of salza is summer. You get a sweet heat of sweet tomatoes…


Two Ships Passing in the Night

A famous couple recently told me they felt like two ships passing in the night and they didn't like it. I get it. I don't know how often because of Handsome and I's chronic "yes man syndrome" that…


New Years

Handsome and I were Bernstein Bears and the too-much vacation by the time New Years rolled around. So we took it easy. And made a three layer cake. Have I already mentioned this? - Tomato wants…


Cooking with Grandma

That would be me, tomato, and handsome's amazing grandma, Margaret. You see this woman makes a mad jelly. It's amazing. It's so amazing that my sister-in-law gave it as a favor for the wedding. I…


Better With Friends

This is probably my absolute favorite person to cook with. It's also my favorite person to vent at coffee shops and in general just tell how awesome we each are. It's kind of confusing. But it goes…


How to Travel

There are hoards of travel blogs out there. They're good. Go check them out. But if you're traveling alone with a group of people you've never met before. Here's a few tips. 1. Get introspective.…


London Weekend - Food

I live to eat. No really. I love food. It's a healthy relationship though. Or so I tell myself. Because at least the food I love isn't twinkies. Instead it's this: I found this little Gelato place…


Springfield - Obed's and Isaacs

Obed's and Issacs is a micro-brewery and eatery in Springfield Illinois. I'm a fan. Why am I fan? Well first off all for their beer that doesn't taste like bud-light. Or keystone. Or god-help-us-all…


Baking Day

You should invite some friends over. Crack open a new bag of flour and start baking. It's good for you. It also helps you tackle big projects. Like Homemade cinnamon rolls. Why is this a big…


Lemon Pepper Pasta

Handsome and I are doing a pantry challenge. What the hell is a pantry challenge. It translates loosely to saving money and eating everything out of your pantry that way. 1. You eat your food before…


New Years 2011

Handsome and I and a bit of his family celebrated New Years Eve together at Firefly grill in Effingham. The night was their tasting menu and it was incredible. It's safe to say I spent New Years Eve…


Handsome and I - First Christmas

Okay so Handsome and I have had a few Christmases together before this one, but since we were married I wanted to go as over the top as possible. Why? Well you see I may have been the child that…


Over the Top Christmas Party

Recently handsome and I had a Christmas party with a few friends. The idea was that we would decorate cookies and have over the top Christmas music on and ugly sweaters. These were a few of the…


Grandma's Apple Pie. Give or Take

That would be my grandma's pie. Give or take a few pads of butter in one place and substituting it in another. Also as much as I love my grandma her crust wasn't my favorite. I remember waiting for…