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

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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

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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

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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!}

Hard Cider-Battered Fish n’ “Oven” Chips, Pub Style; a Fall-Inspired Version of a Crispy Classic

Hard Cider-Battered Fish n’ “Oven” Chips, Pub Style; a Fall-Inspired Version of a Crispy Classic post image

Our teenage son has always been a huge fan of crispy fish n' chips. Ever since he was just a wee little thing, if this classic comfort food was on a menu, he'd almost always ask to order it since it wasn't an entree that we would typically make at home—frankly, it seemed a bit laborious. And because of his adoration of this tasty-yet-unpretentious meal, my husband and I have found our own love for it, making it a family “thing” by stopping by our favorite ... {more please!}

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples and Candied Walnuts, a Perfect Little Sandwich for Autumn post image

Finding comforting ways to use fresh, seasonal ingredients is one of my favorite things about cooking; it's a wonderful challenge! And the more simple a recipe is, the more one can really taste the flavor of those seasonal ingredients, and find the joy and simple pleasure in them. Honeycrisp apples, just as their name implies, are incredibly crisp, sweet and juicy—they embody that wonderfully fruity and earthy flavor of fall, and brighten up so very many recipes that call for the autumn-centered fruit. And they're perfect ... {more please!}

“Chicken Parmesan” Meatballs with Penne, Some Saucy Love in a Bowl to Soothe the Jolted Soul

“Chicken Parmesan” Meatballs with Penne, Some Saucy Love in a Bowl to Soothe the Jolted Soul post image

This just so happens to be one of those weeks when a warm bowl of saucy comfort food plays the role of soothing salve, not just for the belly, but for the soul, as well. A lot has been swirling and swishing around, and it's left me feeling a bit like I've been going through a bumpy and sloshy wash cycle that's tossing me around a bit before it's ready to spit me out all sparkly and clean, and ready for a warm fluffing in the ... {more please!}

Caribbean-Style Grilled Citrus Chicken, A Colorful Note To End The Summer Eating Season On

Caribbean-Style Grilled Citrus Chicken, A Colorful Note To End The Summer Eating Season On post image

Though summer isn't officially over for a little while yet, soon it'll be time to bring in the more fall-oriented recipes that will help usher us into that particular delicious and comforting time of year. But before we go... When I think of the summer eating season, I think of lots of colors and bold flavors—lots of fresh produce added to mildly spicy and savory dishes to liven them up. And nothing says “clean” more than a citrus-marinated and simply-grilled chicken breasts seasoned with warming Caribbean ... {more please!}