Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling

Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling post image

If you've ever taken a nice, big bite out of something good 'n spicy, and then found yourself quickly reaching for something (anything!) to temper some of that heat, then you've experienced first-hand how important this nifty little concept of “balance” is. I have to admit that now, as an adult, I'm a bit of a heat seeker, a lover of things on the spicy side; but that being said, it doesn't mean that I don't appreciate something to balance out the flames, so to speak, ... {more please!}

Roasted Chicken & Winter Veggie Pot Pie Casserole, All Tucked In Under a Cozy Layer of Love

Roasted Chicken & Winter Veggie Pot Pie Casserole, All Tucked In Under a Cozy Layer of Love post image

When I think about a rich, creamy, savory, and piping-hot chicken pot pie with a delectably buttery, drop-biscuit crust that gently lays over the top nestling everything beneath it lovingly in, I get a very cozy and fuzzy feeling inside. It makes me think of childhood, when I would hide under a fluffy pile of pillows, or roll myself into a large, soft and thick blanket that would make me completely disappear, and give me that comforting feeling of warmth, safety, and protection; that feeling of ... {more please!}

Rich Braised Beef & Porcini Ragù, and The Glorious Effects of Time on the Developing Soul

Rich Braised Beef & Porcini Ragù, and The Glorious Effects of Time on the Developing Soul post image

If you're anything like me, you appreciate and enjoy the flavors and nuances found in a patiently long-simmered sauce or braise. When a food that needs tenderizing has the opportunity to simmer, bubble, deepen and develop without being rushed or hurried along, it becomes one of the most glorious and amazingly delicious things that one can put into their mouth. A rich, braised beef and porcini mushroom ragù that has been given the luxurious gift of time to become full-bodied, aromatic, earthy, and succulent, is a ... {more please!}

Creamy Winter Risotto, and The Cozy Apron Celebrates Turning Three

Creamy Winter Risotto, and The Cozy Apron Celebrates Turning Three post image

Why does it seem like once we hit adulthood, time just flies on by? Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years so quickly. I almost cannot believe that I'm sitting here, writing a post for our blog's third birthday. And what an active toddler it has become! The Cozy Apron has been an absolute joy for my husband and I to work on together for these past three years, now going into our fourth. Our hope is that we've been ... {more please!}

Shepherd’s Pies, and Being Gently Shepherded on this Path Of Life

Shepherd’s Pies, and Being Gently Shepherded on this Path Of Life post image

Do you ever get the feeling like you're being guided? I don't ever recall a time in my life when I didn't feel the presence of a power higher than myself, one that I call God, or my Creator, but I do remember periods in my life when I didn't necessarily pay much attention to the spiritual side of things, or have a conscious desire to have a relationship with the One who made me. Frankly, I didn't even know what that meant, or what that ... {more please!}

Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole, Just a Tiny Little Tweak from Being “Soup”

Creamy Chicken Noodle Casserole, Just a Tiny Little Tweak from Being “Soup” post image

The New Year seems to be a time when so very many folks want to make some big changes and completely make-over their lives. Sounds like a tall order! Resolutions go with January the way that milk goes with cookies, and we become inundated with commercials featuring weight loss products or services, as well as workout equipment and other devices or plans for various types of self-improvement that are meant to make someone into a “new version” of themselves. And then by late February? The chirp ... {more please!}

Orange-Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey Breasts, and the Sweet Taste of the Present Moment

Orange-Honey Glazed Roasted Turkey Breasts, and the Sweet Taste of the Present Moment post image

At some point or another, we've all most likely found ourselves in the rather uncomfortable state of limbo, or in a place of feeling insecure because of a lack of information. Perhaps you're in the midst of experiencing that this very moment in your own life. It can happen in regards to our health, our finances, and our relationships, and we find ourselves trying to navigate what feels like uncharted waters, in the dark, and on our own; or groping around what feels like a room ... {more please!}

Cheesy Breakfast Bake, All The Best Things In One Dish

Cheesy Breakfast Bake, All The Best Things In One Dish post image

For a while there, it almost felt like this day would never come. I can't believe that I'm sitting here writing at my desk, dressed in my sweats and my hoody, with a cup of hot herbal tea, looking out of my window into the grey, dankness that is an overcast and chilly fall morning in Los Angeles. Finally, I feel like I can breathe. Could it be that fall has actually arrived for us? Is it here to stay? I've been waiting for so long ... {more please!}

Pumpkin Cream Sauce Fettuccine, & Keeping Things Together When They Want To Come Apart

Pumpkin Cream Sauce Fettuccine, & Keeping Things Together When They Want To Come Apart post image

Ah, the best laid plans... My heart desired nothing more this morning than simplicity: to sit down at my computer, quiet my mind for a moment, and then connect with the writer side of myself and put to paper (or to screen, in this case) my thoughts in order to see what essence or mischievous imp wanted to be unleashed. But alas, things wouldn't go quite as planned, as our water heater decided to fritz out this morning just a little bit, in turn placing my ... {more please!}

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop

Crunchy-Baked Garlic “Popcorn” Chicken, a Different Type of Popcorn to Pop post image

I don't know about you all, but we're still making our way through some hot weather here in Southern California—whew-wee! Can we please be done with this? Where's the cool fall? Where are the temperatures that beckon for me to wrap myself in a comfy-cozy blanky, or throw on a jacket or sweater when I go out in the evening? They seem to be hiding at the present moment, that's for sure. So it makes it just a wee-bit less appealing to turn on an oven ... {more please!}