There is an eloquent tale about the difference between Heaven and Hell. It is said that in both places, the occupants are presented with opulent tables laden with exotic foods and given four-foot long utensils with which to eat. In Hell, people are miserable and starving because they cannot imagine how to get food to their mouths with such long forks. In Heaven, the people are joyful and well fed. They use the same forks to feed each other.
- Epilogue from Leo Buscaglia's "Love Cookbook"

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Manuelina Culinary

What a week!  Incredible in every sense of the word......a week in Brescia, Italy in the masters pasta making program with

I cannot recommend Melina's culiary courses and tours enough.  I thought I knew a lot about Italian cuisine having lived there and being married to an Italian, but she took my culinary education to a whole new level.  She is not only a master at her craft and knowledge of Italy, but a warm, genuine person as well.

Here's a few things we made during the week:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"Back of the pack" runner's gift.....

I used to feel shame, not good enough because I am slower in these races and triathlons that I do than many.  But today it was different.

I finished my 7th Seattle Half Marathon this morning. And I tell you, there is such beauty in being a "back of the pack" runner, if you look for shows me so clearly that the strongest muscle of the entire body is the HEART. The amazing people I chatted with while running....a cancer patient proudly displaying her head without hair, a disabled man who was almost done with the "50 states marathon club", many elderly people, and then just people wanting to see what we've got inside.

It took me 3 hours to do 13.1 miles.  And I enjoyed every moment.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Festa di San Martino Cookies

I just discovered that my birthday falls on the "Feast of San Martin" in Sicily tomorrow.  You can find out more here: Interesting that I was dreaming up Sicilian cookie recipes to make while running today.  Why I make up recipes when I run, I will never know.  But its alright with me, because working out is inspiring, and usually things come out pretty well.  Today was about orange, and marzipan.  Anyone could do this.  And may I say they are absolutely delicious!  Happy San Martino day!

1.  Cut out a circle or medallion shape of your favorite butter cookie, shortbread, or sugar cookie 

2.  Put a dollop of marmalade in the center of each medallion.

3.  Either make or buy some marzipan (it's easier to make that one might think!).  Push it through a 
     potato ricer or garlic press to make small strands of marzipan.  Cover each cookie with marzipan 

4.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 11 minutes.  Time will vary, depending on the      
     thickness of your cookie and your oven.  Don't let it get too brown.  My first batch were too hard 
     and not good.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

BlogHer 14 Conference

So I'm comfortably back home from the fabulous BlogHer14 conference in San Jose.   Things never turn out the way I expect, but they always seem to turn out just the way I need them to.  It was perfect for me.

A highlight for me over the weekend was doing the magic mirror set up by the Mrs. Band .  Every woman in the world, if given the chance, should do this mirror.  Or buy the song "I'm Enough", or watch the video on their site.

I was so inspired by the conference that after todays gardening,  I moved a load of furniture to create an office for myself.  Because I've wanted one for so long.  And I'm writing this post from my new office.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Carrot Nut Loaf

While most people are laying in bed thinking of their day's events or the next day's events, I'm laying there creating recipes in my head.  Two nights ago I wanted to make something to satisfy a carb/sweet craving without setting myself up on a cycle to eat everything in sight and feel bad about myself.

Almond meal is always my favorite "go-to".  However I've just recently discovered Nutiva coconut four, and adore this!  For this recipe though, I thought it would be best with almond meal/flour.  I used Bob's Red Mill.  I'm loosely giving you the measurements.  I stink at math and rarely measure, which I know is unheard of in baking.  Once I perfect the precise amounts, I will post them again.  But for now, this is my estimate:

2 c. ground carrots (you could use zucchini as well)
1 c. chopped nuts (any kind)
1 c. dark chocolate mini chips
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2-3/4 c. melted coconut oil
1/2 c. molasses
1/2 c. maple sugar, agave, or other sweetener if desired
2 c. almond meal
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp allspice or nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda

Mix the dry ingredients, then stir in the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon (do not beat)

I baked it in a 350 degree oven, approximately 30 minutes (depending on your pan).  Let it cool slightly, it will stay together better.  Enjoy this......there is some high protein here.  But don't be deceived, there are calories too.  So easy does it.