5 things I want for Christmas

I know it’s too early for a Christmas list, but look at all these shiny things!

1. Cocanu Moonwalk Chocolate

It’s dark chocolate with poprocks in it. Wow.

2. Fancy lollipops from the Groovy Baker

These are cherry cordials, but other fantastic flavors include Prom night punch, Aquarius, Pineapple Caramel Upside Down, Creme Brulee, Lime in the coconut, and Alchemy.

3. Fancy olives and kabanaki peppers from the Olive Orchard

I tried these at a tasting last week and fell in love. Especially with those peppers (you can see how the jar in the above photo is actually empty of peppers, due to my having unrestrainedly eaten them all, unable to save even one for hubs or the green caret, both of whom would have been wildly appreciative of such fare). They are spicy, and creamy (stuffed with feta), and rich from being packed in lovely Greek oil. I fantasize about eating them while sipping an old fashioned cocktail.

4. Babycakes donut maker

There seems to be a huge baked donut fad going on in the blogosphere right now, and I feel I need to get on board. And bake more donuts.

5. Homesick Texan Cookbook

You’re surprised, right?


New cookbook to try

I can’t wait to try some recipes from this cookbook I picked up at the library. It’s the Homesick Texan, by the author of the blog by the same name.

I’ve already made a big list of things to try first, including queso cookies, chipotle ketchup, and chorizo empanadas. Top of my list is this Chipotle Pimento cheese. I’m pretty positive I’m going to stuff some jalapenos with it and bake them. I will give you an update when this happens.

I haven’t been this excited about a cookbook since I discovered How to Cook Everything last year.


Market Day

This time of the year, when everything at the market is so glorious and ripe, I really miss my CSA. This morning I bought a few things to get through the pain.

This is (clockwise from top left) tomatillos, heirloom tomatoes, ground cherries, and cherry tomatoes. I can’t remember the name of those peppers in the middle, but the sign said they were “smoky like poblanos” and I am a real sucker for a charred poblano. Not pictured are some peaches, a flatiron steak, and some beef short ribs.

Here are my plans for this goodness:

  • Tomatillos – roasted tomatillo salsa
  • Heirloom tomatoes – regular salsa
  • Ground cherries – plain for snacking
  • Cherry tomatoes – plain for snacking
  • Peppers – added to my salsas, above
  • Peaches – I have dreams of some sort of peach cobbler or crumble

I have no idea what to do with this meat, but I’m sure I’ll find something. I’ll give you an update when I do.

Market Day

Lovely day to hit the market.

Started out with a Flavors of India breakfast of dal, palak panir, and naan.

Scored a pack of Luna Burgers. I can’t stop eating these lately.

Snowville just came out with chocolate milk. It’s totally awesome.

Chocolate milk gets a big yum from the 5yo.

Have you made any great food finds lately?


Most of our yard is shade because of this big beautiful tree,
but we have a little patch of sun for herbs. My sage and oregano are taking over, but there’s some lavender in there too.


We also have some mint tucked into the landscaping.


I’m trying to sprout a little thyme and basil, and some jalapenos for good measure, but they are struggling…

Any tips for not killing seedlings?

Grocery Fun

I’ve been so busy over the past few weeks, I really haven’t cooked too much. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been eating, or shopping for groceries. Here’s some fun stuff I’ve gotten lately:

Riehle’s Select Midnight Red gourmet popcorn, ordered from Green Bean Delivery, grown in Indiana. A smaller, chewier popcorn than the standard, but still just as delicious.

Black Turtle Beans, purchased from Greener Grocer, grown in Ohio. Perfect for all your Tex Mex recipes.

Mellow Belly Tea, also from Ohio, by way of Greener Grocer. Minty and yummy.

Have you bought anything fun lately?