Category Archives: Food

The CSA Grind

I’m a big fan of CSAs.  I like the idea of them — urban dwellers supporting small farms and getting a bounty of incredibly fresh fruits and vegetables in exchange.  After two years with my first CSA, it was time for a change.  Why you ask?  Well, I had a few several issues with the […]

Positively Porktastic

This weekend, I decided it was time to cook my ham.  I bought a smoked fully cooked ham right before Easter but ended up storing it in the freezer instead of cooking it.  This was the time to cook it.  I was craving a semi-traditional Southern Sunday dinner, we were having a friend over, and […]

Back to Calorie Counting

Calorie counting worked really well for me.  It helped me lose and keep off 12 love pounds and it has reset my idea of what enough food is even when I’m not actively calorie counting.  Now I still have 20+ pounds I want to lose, but those have been with me for years now they’re […]

Coffee Cake

I’m thinking of whipping up some coffee cake this morning. I’ll use an old family recipe that I can’t share but click here for lots of recipes you too can use. I’ll halve the recipe because I’m watching my weight and don’t want such a large pan of sweets around the house.  I’ll also press […]

Leftover Turkey

What to do, what to do with all those turkey leftovers?  If you hosted Thanksgiving dinner, you’re probably staring at the turkey right now wondering how much more of it you can eat.  My mom always made turkey hash (her name for it) where she boiled the turkey carcass with celery, shredded the meat, and […]

On Turkey

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.   Tradition calls for a meal of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and sides that vary by culture and region.  For my family, other dishes and sides typically include macaroni and cheese, baked ham, rolls, collard greens, cabbage, green beans, and sweet potatoes.  And that meal is sometimes repeated […]

Menu Planning

So this week, I headed to Trader Joe’s for groceries.  On the menu, Roasted Turkey Breast, Grilled Salmon, and Mahi Mahi all accompanied by salad, broccolini, and sugar snap peas.  I picked up my usual fruit, bread, meats and veggies but since I was in Trader Joes, I also grabbed snacks, frozen fruit, body care […]

Supersized

While grocery shopping this weekend, I was struck by something odd.  The meat only came in “family packs” with nothing in portions for 1-2 people.  I needed 1 pound of flank steak but the pieces started in sizes of almost 2 pounds.  The same was true of chicken breasts, pork chops, ribs, and almost everything else […]

Menu Planning

New week, new plan right?  I learned some things from last week’s menu planning.  1) Plan for leftovers or eating out on Friday, 2) It’s not a great time saver if you don’t prep things in advance, and 3) You’ll need a midweek trip to replenish your fruit. So this week’s menu is Asian Fish […]

Menu Planning

My CSA has ended, so now it’s back to the grocery store for food.  Initially, I was cooking the same way I had during the CSA months, just making a meal out of whatever yummies were on hand.  Well you know what happens when your CSA has ended and you don’t go grocery shopping???  You […]