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Closing the Our Lady Chapter, and the next steps in my journey

If I have learned one thing during my weight loss journey, it is this – You don’t have to know where the finish line is to get started, but you’ll never get anywhere standing still. Five months ago I began crafting the next chapter in my journey. Within the next few days

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Celebrate Holiday Food with Chefs Tom Douglas & Stephanie Izard

The FTC wants you to know: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s Culinary Council.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.  I went to my first Macy’s Culinary Council Holiday event two years ago. Tom Douglas put on

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Pumpkin Pie Parfaits: Indulgent, Healthy & Super Fast!

I know it is late for sharing a brand new Thanksgiving dessert idea but I wanted to share this now, on the off chance that you are still finalizing your menu. Even if you have everything organized this Pumpkin Pie Parfait is so luscious and so simple you may want to make

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The Soldier Who Knocked – My Veterans Day Remembrance

            Sometimes I sit down to write and before I know what has happened, a completely unexpected story bursts out. Today was one of those days, and this is one of those stories. I hope you’ll forgive the interruption to my usual subject matter. In August of 2000 I

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Sneaky Fried Rice that isn’t actually fried or rice

The Cauliflower ‘Fried Rice’ recipe below and a version of the article first appeared on Our Lady of Second Helpings in October of 2012. I felt like it could use a bit of sprucing up and a second moment in the spotlight! In the interest of full disclosure: Cauliflower Fried Rice isn’t fried

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Be a Kid on Halloween

Halloween is here! My son has been looking forward to today all year. He first asked if we could to trick-or-treating again after dinner on November 1st of last year! Right now, he is over the moon, in full Super Mario garb having a party with his pre-school buddies. Last year made

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Italian Spaghetti Squash Casserole

If you are ready to jump from the pumpkin cart and take a gander at some of the other wonderful fruits of fall I have a great place to get your started. Try spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash has a really cool quality in that it naturally shreds into noodles. I don’t think

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What’s the Deal with Pumpkin? Other Squash are Cool Too!

Before I get completely carried away, a word about the classification of pumpkins: From a botanical perspective pumpkins, and other squash, are fruits, because we are talking about the fleshy meat surrounding the seeds of the plant. From a culinary perspective, and for the purposes of this article, I am calling squash

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My Great-Grandmother’s Unorthodox Life in the Kitchen

  Author and real-food activist, Michael Pollan, isn’t known for comedy, his work is generally very serious, but his frequently quoted mantra always gets the corners of my mouth twitching,“don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” He intends for people to avoid modern processed and engineered food products, but you

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Hands-On Dinner Parties and Apple Muffins

I made a batch of apple muffins because I was wallowing. I thought about lying and telling you I made them because the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Perhaps I should say the smoke from my neighbor’s fireplace was tickling my nose and making me think about cable knit sweaters

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Cooking Classes are BACK!!

Warning this post contains approximately 700 exclamation marks – I’m not sorry. I am so stinking excited about this I might burst if I don’t say it again! Cooking classes are back!!!! Register Now! This fall I am formally stepping into a role that I have been circling for the last couple

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Teriyaki Turkey Meatballs

 I can’t believe we are more than halfway through September. Today is the first wet day we have seen in weeks. If it wasn’t for the earlier sunsets I would guess we were still fully ensconced in July. I totally forgot to mention celebrating Scoop’s first birthday at the end of August!
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