Monday, December 31, 2018

Garlic & Herb Broth

Well, here we are - New Years Eve!  2018 flew by quicker than usual due to multitudinous changes, and to say that the end of the year snuck up on me is a total understatement.  In January, I finally took the plunge and had LASIK surgery.  Having been seriously nearsighted for the majority of my life, being able to see with 20/20 vision is unbelievable!  In March, I accepted a new job in Portland, Maine; we packed up the house in Vermont, put it on the market and moved into an apartment in a city we'd visited just a few times before.  In April, I began working with a fantastic team; I settled in quickly and got to work on several projects.  Summer flew by, with much of my time spent exploring the farmers market, trying new restaurants, meeting new people, and discovering my new surroundings.  In September, we put an offer on a new home, so we packed up our little apartment (it felt like we'd only just unpacked!) and moved in early November.  Thanksgiving and Christmas were spent with friends, enjoying our new digs over amazing food and drinks.

Somewhere along the way, I got a cold.  Not a bad cold, but enough to develop an incessant cough.  In search of relief on a partial sick day, I threw together this garlic & herb broth, my spin on this garlic broth recipe.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Traveling Through Life



A sunny Friday. The first sunny day in a while. The days, cloudy and rainy of late, are draining me. I’m still getting used to the weather patterns now that I’ve moved to coastal Maine. I awake, bleary-eyed, arrive to work a few minutes later than planned, waiting for the dreariness to pass. Long used to getting a mellow caffeine fix from green tea, I turn to iced coffee a couple of days a week. I follow those coffee fixes with a period of frenetic jitteriness, and then an epic slump.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Hey, Hello, I'm Back


Hello again!  It's been a while since I've posted, and a lot's happened in the meantime.  After ten years of working for the same company, I accepted a position with a new employer and relocated to Portland, ME.  The husband and I packed up and moved last week; we're still trying to put the finishing touches on our new place, but I thought I'd share a quick and easy recipe for cauliflower fried rice that I made for dinner.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cheater’s Chimichurri


After working insane hours for the past several months, my husband and I took a much needed two week vacation at the end of October.  We rented a tiny little cottage in Sanibel, FL that sat just steps from the beach.  We love trying to stay somewhere with a kitchen when we go on vacation; not only do we both enjoy cooking, it’s a great way to keep our budget on track.  When we get to wherever we’re staying, we take stock of what’s in the kitchen and plan a trip to the store.  Here are the essentials we typically stock up on to make vacation kitchens workable:

Sunday, April 2, 2017

We Land on Our Feet

Hey.  It's me again, Margaret.  Where have I been?  Well, that's a long story, and not one that I want to drag over the coals or fan the flames.  I've been everywhere, and nowhere, and many places in between.

I love those bloggers that keep on keepin' on, no matter what happens.  As we've seen, I'm clearly not one of those people.  I blog in fits and starts.  My most recent absence of nearly a year was one in which I reached new realms of cooking exploration.  I could have shared, but it would have inevitably led to sharing other things.  Raw things.  Things that I keep neatly tucked into the folder that separates my personal and work/social/other life.  But I've grown a lot in those months, and here's what I've decided.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Everything Bagel Seasoning/All The Things Cream Cheese

I have a serious love of everything bagels.  Something about the mix of nutty sesame seeds, slightly floral poppy seeds, and the potent kick of garlic and onion just seems to make everything taste better.  And I'm strongly of the opinion that everything bagels should also have sea salt in the mix; those without it are far inferior.  The problem?  For me, eating an everything bagel everyday would result in me growing a spare bagel around my middle, if you know what I'm saying.  Luckily, I found a way to "everything" everything!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Creamy Celery Soup

Me: Casually checks blog to see when I last posted an entry.
Blog loads: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Me: SERIOUSLY???

I must have slipped into a late winter hibernation, because I’m not quite sure how I let four months go by sans blog post. (Well, maybe I can. Let’s admit it; I’m pretty flaky about this whole blog thing.) But I’ve been cooking up a storm since then; and I’ve got photographic evidence to prove it. The husband and I have spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen together lately, which is always a relaxing way to wind down after a busy day in the office – glass of wine in hand, please.