Penne Pomodoro, and Discovering the Fullness of Flavor in Something Simple

Penne Pomodoro |

Sometimes the most uncomplicated and natural things, like this Penne Pomodoro, have the most complex flavor to them, and remind us that it's the simple things in life that often offer the most pleasure. At heart, I'm a very simple gal. I tend to favor things of a natural nature, those things that are allowed to exude their uncomplicated inner beauty, and that radiate a confidence that says, “what you see is what you get, and that's good enough!” I love the scent of a freshly-plucked ... {more please!}

Smokey Chicken Flatbread, and the Pleasant Surprise of Getting Something Extra

Smokey Chicken Flatbread |

A smokey chicken flatbread is not only utterly delicious for the tastebuds, but it's utterly good for the body, as well; it's like getting a little something extra, something “above and beyond” what you expected, which is truly a welcomed thing these days. These days, it seems quite rare for us to get more than we bargain for, in a good way. So much of the time, it seems that things seldom get done right the first time, or we get less than what we thought ... {more please!}

Grilled Steak Kebabs, with a Little Something Extra Drizzled on Top

Grilled Steak Kebabs |

When we take a chance and share what is there on the inside of us with others, we often find that our connection to one another grows stronger, and that's the wonderful bonus—kind of like a vibrant and zingy chimichurri sauce to drizzle over top of grilled steak kebabs, makes things that much more delicious. Sharing something personal and “from the inside” with someone else is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Divulging personal thoughts, feelings, viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences can be a ... {more please!}

Hawaiian Coconut Chicken, and Finding Family in Unexpected Places

Hawaiian Coconut Chicken |

We often find the unexpected flavors of both sweet and savory in foods such as Hawaiian Coconut Chicken, and it pleasantly surprises us. And it's equally as pleasantly surprising to find family and connection in places where we never considered we would, as well. For those of you who follow our blog, you most likely know that the big “story”, the big change in our lives, is our young son, our only child, leaving the nest to go to boot camp (3 months!) to become a ... {more please!}

Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, and the Fun in Doing Things a Bit Different

Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms |

Sure, many of us have enjoyed mushrooms as a delicious topping on our pizza; but how about stuffing some mushrooms with pizza instead, with these Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms? I'm one of those people who really enjoys the little eccentricities in life, and those things that are presented in a slightly different way. I love peoples's quirks; I love sort of strange art, contemplative photography, and unconventional movies; I love music that has a bit of an edge, and slightly bitter and strong drinks; and I ... {more please!}

Southwest Stuffed Chicken Breast, and Getting Re-Acquainted with All That Is Inside

Southwest Stuffed Chicken Breast |

All of the delicious little morsels that are found within a Southwest Stuffed Chicken Breast are a bit like all of the beautiful things within ourselves that we must rediscover when we go through colorful changes in life. These days, there's a sort of deafening silence that greets me when I arrive home from my day at work, or from my time running those simple household errands. It's a very specific type of silence, a silence that any mother who has raised her child up until ... {more please!}

Beef Street Tacos, and Packing as Much Flavor as Possible into a Few Small Bites

Beef Street Tacos |

There's truly a lot more flavor to be found in those little moments in life along the way to the bigger ones than we may realize; it's the amazing flavor that's packed into each bite of these little Beef Street Tacos that may just remind us of that. For me, a birthday has this amazing way of urging me to meditate on my life, and to examine how I've evolved during the year that's passed. And you know what I've been contemplating lately? The idea of ... {more please!}

Korean BBQ Burger, One Crazy-Good Little Burger

Korean BBQ Burger |

If you're feeling a little adventurous and are craving a truly unique burger, then this Korean BBQ Burger with Kimchi Slaw has got your name written all over it! “Listen lady, why couldn't you just leave the classic burger well enough alone?” is what I can hear someone asking right about now, under their breath. And believe me, I've gotten those comments in the past on other recipes where someone can't understand the point of tinkering around with something that's already “perfection” (in their humble opinion, ... {more please!}

Italian Sausage Linguini, and Feeling Vulnerable in the midst of a Changing Season

Italian Sausage Linguini |

Comfort is what's craved during those in-between stages of life, and a steaming bowl of Italian Sausage Linguini, all twisted and piled up with savory artichokes, fresh baby spinach, and tender young asparagus is just the ticket. I love a day like today—completely uncharacteristic, completely unique, and completely at ease with the beautiful vulnerability that it tends to elicit. As I gaze out of my window, I see the little leaves tremble and dance in the chilly breeze that blows; I see the greyish-purple brooding clouds ... {more please!}

Pepper-Crusted Cowboy Rib Eye Steak, a Happy Father’s Day, Indeed

Pepper-Crusted Cowboy Rib Eye Steak |

Good fathers are incredibly special people. And when their strength is coupled with a tender mercy, they're one of the best, first teachers we have when we're growing up and developing into the people that we will one day become. We rely on Dad for guidance, for wisdom, and for love, and Father's Day is that wonderful opportunity to honor the men in our lives that carry that special title of “Dad” by showing them just how much they mean to us through sharing with them ... {more please!}

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