Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blogger Bookshelf Series Guest Post

I am happy to be a guest on A Rose in the City today, talking about something I don't get to talk about much here - my books! A Rose in the City is hosting a Blogger Bookshelf series, and I am honored to be a part of it. Check out my bookshelf tour, and while you are there see what other blogger's bookshelves look like.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cook With Me! Tomato Jam

Since we are in full swing with tomato season, let's stay on the theme and start canning some tomatoes for winter!

As always, feel free to email me photos about how your canning experience went using the letter icon to the right. We welcome novice and experienced canners! Have fun!

Monday, August 18, 2014

What's Cooking? Tomato Tart

Last week's Cook With Me recipe was the tomato tart. I was so excited to make this, because it looked absolutely mouth-watering in the book. Being pregnant, I decided to substitute the goat cheese with cream cheese, since I wasn't sure if goat cheese was pasturized, and I didn't want to chance it. The cream cheese really worked as a substitution. I was concerned it would make the tart too sweet, but it was the perfect complement to the ricotta.

How did we like the tart? It was fabulous! It tasted like a light, homemade pizza with a puff pastry crust. Yum! Though my husband thought that I could have put more tomatoes on it, and once I tasted it, I agreed. This is such a great way to showcase the season's tomatoes, so load it up! The dish was pretty quick to put together and it was a nice, light meal for summer. It would also be a lovely, easy and classy addition to any backyard picnic.

If you made the tomato tart (or will be making it), let me know how you liked it and post a pic to my facebook wall. I look forward to hearing how you liked it!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Exercising While Pregnant


I thought I was going to spend the next few months NOT talking about dieting or exercising. Boy was I wrong! This pregnancy has been going well so far (thankfully!). With my son, I had gestational diabetes and ended up delivering early due to having severe preclempsia. It was a haul of a pregnancy where I had to watch everything I ate, and I gained about 20 lbs total. After LO's birth, I actually weighed less than before I had gotten pregnant. That didn't last. After his birth, I splurged on the sweets that I couldn't eat while pregnant. This pregnancy my blood pressure has been under control (so far) and I passed my first gestational diabetes test.

Being pregnant, I think many of us use it as an excuse to eat anything we want. Out are the diet foods and lite salad dressing, in are the calorie-laden foods. Add in morning sickness and food aversions and it's easy to see why we feel this way. With my son, I craved healthy foods - I couldn't get enough fruit! This time, all I want is carbs and sugar. I try to to eat as healthy as possible for both me and baby, but I have also had long lasting morning sickness (up to 5 months) so eating healthy is sometimes a challenge.

I wasn't sure what I was going to tackle here on my blog for healthy eating and exercise during this time, when all I wanted was gummy bears and french toast (not together).

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cook with Me! Tomato Tart

Our Cook with Me series has started a bit slow. It seems our vegetable season is late, and the produce has just starting to come in at our farm store. It's finally here, and I'm excited to start cooking it up. I have a great lineup for August and we're going to tackle some canning! This week we're going to start easy - with the Tomato Tart.

If you'd like to use up that bounty of tomatoes, cook this recipe with me and email me a picture of your creation along with a few words on what you did! Use the letter icon to the right to email me.

As a reminder we are cooking out of the Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook. If you need a copy of the book, you can find it by clicking my Amazon affiliate link below.

Friday, July 25, 2014

What's Cooking? Easy Peas-y Chicken Pot Pie

I'm not a huge fan of pot pie. I think it is from eating those frozen, blue boxed ones as a kid. We have a regional poultry farm that makes a fabulous frozen pot pie, but they are expensive and we are always looking for more veggies than it has. After a disastrous taste of a copy-cat brand, we swore off frozen pot pies. When I saw this recipe on Pinterest (found on for steak pies, I was immediately inspired to try my hand at a chicken pot pie. This meal was easy for me, since I had all of the ingredients in the pantry. Even though this recipes does have a lot of steps involved, it truly is easy. Most of your ingredients need to be cooked before assembling into the pie, so this meal can be made in steps - chicken and potatoes cooked in the am or night before, and then assembled the next day.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

What's Cooking? Preggo Po'Boys

This winter we celebrated Mardi Gras on Scarlett's Excellent Adventures and I had my first po'boy following a recipe from Ms. enPlace (see the post here). Now that I am pregnant, I still have morning & evening sickness (even at 22 weeks) and I cannot eat chicken, which is the mainstay of our household diet. This leaves me searching for food I can and want to eat. I always have chicken sausage in the freezer, and one day I had a craving for po'boys. I remember how yummy the sausage was cooked in beer, the sweet flavor of the beer sauce, and the whole thing mixed together on a freshly baked baguette. Yum!

I wasn't sure if all the alcohol in the beer boiled off while cooking the sausage, so I decided not to take any chances. A simple solution: root beer! Just replace the beer in the recipe with root beer - and voila! Preggo Po'Boys! They were just as good as I remembered, except the root beer does give the sausage a slightly tin-like taste. I would love to try ginger beer in this recipe as well, so maybe next time. All in all, they were the same sweet and wonderful po'boys I remembered, but safe for the baby.