Spaghetti tossed in a roasted tomato, anchovy and garlic sauce

    We’re big fans of carbs in this house.  Can’t get enough of them.  I know in this day and age, a statement like that can be controversial given the popularity of low carb diets and cauliflower everything.  However, my husband is an avid cyclist who needs to (seemingly constantly) carb load for race…

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Shanghai Noodles

  China is a great place for food.  Cumin dusted lamb and noodles in the West, spicy cuisine from Szechuan province, fried delicacies in Yunnan, dumplings in the North…I could go on but I get too hungry to finish the list.  However, if your taste runs more to the sweet than savory, you might want…

Easy Basil Tomato Sauce

      I don’t know about you but my 2 year old is my biggest critic.  If the scrambled eggs aren’t to her liking, she’ll leave them untouched.  If the roast chicken isn’t freshly cooked, it is not up to snuff.  She doesn’t like leftovers.  She won’t eat any pasta in a cream sauce. …

Pork and Shrimp Wontons

      Before I had my beautiful daughter, life was carefree!  Sure, I’ll have another beer.  Why not stay out late on a Saturday night?  Hey, let’s go away for the weekend!  I had so many opportunities to spend my extra money and extra time.  Especially when I became sick.  If I felt ill,…

The Ultimate Tomato Soup

             In these trying times I find it difficult to be cheerful in my food blog.   We are living in highly charged political times and when you’re depressed by the news but can’t stop watching it, what’s the point of shamelessly promoting your chicken wing recipe? It just seems frivolous….

Spicepaw’s Spag Bol

Things I have learned as an American in my relationship with my British husband: 1. it’s never too early to start drinking on Christmas (I kind of like this rule) 2. Potatoes are an important vegetable in every meal and don’t try to reduce the amount and 3. Spaghetti Bolognese is not just pasta with…

Apple Churros

  As someone with not much of a sweet tooth, I typically shy away from donuts.  It is always a surprise to me when all of a sudden I develop a desperate craving for a good apple fritter.  It could be that I am missing my home state of Washington with its delicious apples. Maybe…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

When I was a child, my favorite food was Chicken Cordon Bleu.  In my opinion, there was nothing to dislike.  Someone somewhere in Switzerland had come up with a sinfully perfect combination of fried chicken with a salty ham and molten cheese center. As someone who LOVES fried chicken, I can’t think of anything better….

Pork and Celery Stir Fry

  For over a decade, I taught preschool all around the world.  Which means that I have seen kids’ lunches from Seoul to Seattle.  Not only that but I’ve experienced the universal struggle of getting children to sit at a table and eat food.   Whether each meal is delightful or dreadful really depends on what’s…

Idiot Proof Minty Peas

  Being that half of my household is British, every Friday is fish and chips night.  I make the batter in the afternoon and get the fish ready.  My husband busies himself by making the chips from scratch and frying everything to a beautiful, golden crisp.   Deep frying things is an art form that he…