One of the things I really miss about living in Washington state is the orchard fresh, sweet, crisp apples. Fuji and gala are two of my favorite varieties. Now that I live in the south, they are a bit harder to come by.
Buying apples at t... Read more
The holidays were not good to me. I'm pretty much glad they are over, and I'm looking forward to a clean slate with the new year.
Between holiday food, holiday depression, general depression, and just plain lack of motivation, I've discove... Read more
Easy. Fast. Not two words that are usually combined with "lasagna".
Many of us have the stereotypical image of the Italian mother/grandmother simmering sauces and taking all day (and all the dishes in the house) to make lasagna. Most of ... Read more
Sometimes I think back on my old life, and I just shake my head in disbelief. I didn't know how to cook for the longest time because I had this image in my head of cooking taking a long time and a lot of preparation.
There certainly are me... Read more
Steak and ale pie is one of the British classics. It's my fiance's favorite food. Having a dish reminds him of home.
British food, like American, doesn't have a reputation for being top tier cuisine. If you said you were going out for "F... Read more
Ever heard the saying? There's a step before this.
Give a cat a bath and it will put you in the hospital.
I'm not one of those people that gives cats baths regularly. Neither of us particularly enjoy the task very much. So I only do... Read more
With all this talk about French food, I got inspired!
Coq au vin is one of those French classics. Julia Child taught America how to make it. The name inspires images of haute cuisine.
Just like Spanish paella, though, coq au vin has ... Read more
Yesterday, I noted how much healthier a French/Spanish diet is compared to the US. Today I'm going to talk about the similarities with the country that is very similar to us with our obesity crisis: England.
Culture wise, I think Canadians... Read more
About 7 years ago, I did a lot of research on weight loss and good health. I was with eDiets at the time, not Spark, but they both had a common theme. In order to lose weight and be healthy, you have to get the right nutrition, portion size an... Read more
I just bought a new wok, and I don't know how I lived so long without one.
I've heard professional cooks rave about cast iron cookware. I avoided it because I thought cast iron would be too hard to take care of. "Seasoning" the pan sounde... Read more
This month on the Culinary Artists Spark team, our lovely hostess Thinronna asked, "Looking for ideas for cooking for 1 or 2...or 3".
www.sparkpeople.com/mysp ark/team_messageboard_thre ad.asp?board=0x44778x37046455 ... Read more
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
I've been doing a lot of quiet reflection lately about weight issues that are so common with women. In my youth, I always thought I was fat. Looking back at old... Read more
I screwed up my spring rolls that were supposed to go with my pork spare ribs for dinner last night. This blog is a correction.
I just bought a new wok, so I decided to make Asian inspired dishes this week to take it for a test run. I wan... Read more