Sunshine Bucatini with Grape Tomatoes and Broccolini, Simply and Deliciously Bursting with Spring

Sunshine Bucatini with Blistered Grape Tomatoes and Broccolini |

Spring inspires the colors and textures of bright, light and wholesome foods to be brought to the table; it inspires delicious pasta dishes like a bucatini with blistered grape tomatoes and broccolini to be prepared and enjoyed in all their simple glory. As we now enthusiastically enter this warmer time of year, I begin to develop a craving for brighter and more cheerful fare to take its place on our table so that we may be nourished and invigorated by the subtle complexities that it provides. ... {more please!}

Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers, and Flinging Open the Windows in All of Our Dark Rooms

Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers |

The spring encourages us to enjoy fresh, vibrant fare, like lemon chicken skewers with charred cherry tomatoes; it inspires us to open up our windows to feel refreshed, healthy and whole thanks to the healing sunlight and gentle breeze. Spring is a time of fragrant and lulling afternoon breezes and bright, invigorating sunlight that seems to seep straight down to the core of us and inspire a desire for newness. It is a time of year that carries with it much opportunity to begin again, and ... {more please!}

Poke Bowl with Spicy Ahi Tuna, a Fresh and Healthy New Pleasure

Poke Bowl with Spicy Ahi Tuna |

Discovering something new and delicious can be a real treat! A fresh poke bowl with ahi tuna is our latest find. When my husband and I have a quiet Saturday afternoon to ourselves and feel like exploring, we just love poking around our favorite old-town district that's located not too far from our home, one that is full of really cool shops and great little places to eat. And sometimes, the alley-ways have the best hidden gems; like the little poki bowl place that my hubs ... {more please!}

Cashew Chicken Curry, and the Cleansing Effect of a Spring Rain

Cashew Chicken Curry |

A rainy day is one of my favorite kind of days; it refreshes us and creates in us a desire to comfort ourselves, and to curl up with a warm and fragrant bowl of cashew chicken curry. As if right on wonderful, perfect queue, the precious raindrops just began to fall from the sky as I sat down to write. Ah, how I love the sound of the rain. It often begins with just those few initial, intermittent drops that fall, creating a sound on the ... {more please!}

Seasoned Oven Fries with Chipotle Ketchup, a Kind of Comfort Food for a Misfit Day

Seasoned Oven Fries |

The days that don't go exactly as one had hoped or planned can be the best days for putting things into perspective and taking a deep breath; they can also be the days when some comfort food is craved, which is when these tasty seasoned oven fries with smoky chipotle ketchup come to the rescue. Today is a comfort-food kind of day. It's a crispy spiced oven fries-dipped-in-an-amazingly-rich-tangy-sweet-spicy-and-smoky-chipotle-ketchup kind of day, to be a little more specific. It's the type of day where you sorta need ... {more please!}

Chicken Tortilla Casserole, the Tasty Result of a Little Creative Collaboration

Chicken Tortilla Casserole |

Good, creative collaboration is a wonderfully inspired thing; it brings two people together, often yielding some delicious results, like a cheesy chicken tortilla casserole, if you're lucky. First things first, I must confess to you that I cannot take full credit for coming up with this zippy and delectable little comforting recipe, and must give some credit where credit it due: my hubs. Thanks, Hubs! Typically when I recipe develop, I get an idea that sounds like something that I (or we) would really enjoy partaking ... {more please!}

Baba Ganoush, and Not Cutting an Experience Short

Baba Ganoush |

Just as a savory Baba Ganoush needs all of its components and steps in order to make it a completed and delicious recipe to tuck into, so is it important to navigate and see-through even the challenging and less-desirable experiences in life, because so often, they provide us the flavor and the tempering we so desperately need for a complete and whole life. Don't you find that the natural impulse for the human being tends to be to want to get out of, or get over ... {more please!}

Zesty Mexican Chicken Stew with Sweet Hominy, and Getting a Little Pep Back into Our Step

Zesty Mexican Chicken Stew |

Just as a zesty Mexican chicken stew with sweet hominy has that definite zip and boldness that awakens our tastebuds, so can the spring season bring a bit more vibrancy and light to our spirits if we heed its invitation to explore what it has to offer and be refreshed by it. There's nothing quite like coming out of a rather quiet and dormant season where every living thing seems to have been resting and regrouping, and gliding into a fresh season where everything awakens and ... {more please!}

Spicy Guacamole Chicken Burger, and a Heart’s Desire for Something Even Greater

Spicy Guacamole Chicken Burger |

The bold flavors of a spicy guacamole chicken burger can provide the palette with much needed flavor and zest to keep things interesting and fresh; and so it is with our heart, which reminds us of the deeper desires within us, and urges to keep moving, and to keep looking for that greater, richer experience. Lately, my heart has been craving more. It's been aching with a desire for a long time now, truth be told, to experience levels beyond what it's been experiencing, and to ... {more please!}

Teriyaki Salmon Noodle Bowls, and Extending Another the Freedom to Fly

Teriyaki Salmon Noodle Bowls |

The twirly and twisty noodles of a teriyaki salmon noodle bowl remind me of the complex feelings one feels when releasing a loved one into the world to fly on their own. I suddenly got a bit of a nervous stomach and felt that sweet-sorrow type of flutter in my heart, that quickening pulse, when I heard the flick of the light switch as it was turned off in our son's room. As his quick-paced and full-of-intention footsteps came down the hall and approached the living ... {more please!}

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