Archive for the 'Food' Category

Chili Cookoff

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Laura’s work group held a chili contest and she decided to enter our friend Carol’s recipe for Veggie Chili. We’ve made this chili for years now, and it’s easy and always comes out great. Apparently the judges like it too, because it got 2nd place in the contest. There were 8 chilis […]

National Root Beer Float Day!

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

Root Beer Float Day is just one of those holidays that must be celebrated!


Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Apricot jam is the lighter, nectarine the darker with some visible fruit chunks.
On a recent trip to visit Mom, the summer fruit was ripe. Picked up apricots, strawberries, and nectarines. We share some of the fruit with friends and snacked on a bunch too. Even with all of that, there were enough […]

El Segundo Hometown Fair

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Made two entries for the 2016 El Segundo Hometown Fair Bake-Off.

Raspberry Cheese Danish Braid was a mashup of two recipes from
the Sally’s Baking Addiction website - used the raspberry filling
and pastry from her Raspberry Danish, and the cream cheese filling
from her Blueberries and Cream Danish. The dough wasn’t difficult, but
it was a multi-day effort as […]

Happy Hallowe’en!

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Spider eggs for a Hallowe’en potluck…

National Candy Corn Day!

Friday, October 30th, 2015

We celebrated National Candy Corn Day with Candy Corn Cupcakes…

Colored the batter with candy corn colors, and used the Pioneer Woman’s Chocolate Ganache recipe for the cupcake frosting…

- here’s the recipe for the ganache:

Ice Cream Soda Day 2015

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

We celebrated Ice Cream Soda Day on Saturday. How did all this time go by with neither of us ever enjoying this fabulous concoction before??? They seem to be a cousin of the ice cream float, and I can assure you we’ll be making these again.
Ice Cream Sodas are super simple to make […]

Eat Your Vegetables Day 2015

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Wednesday was Eat Your Vegetables Day, and we celebrated with a dinner featuring 7 great veggies. Sugar snap peas, carrots, cabbage (cole slaw), beets, corn-off-the-cob, asparagus, and tomato. Yes, I know tomatoes are botanically a fruit, but often culinarily - and more importantly today - they’re a veggie. Did you eat your […]

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

Monday, June 15th, 2015

We tried out a new recipe - Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake bars. It was easy to do, and the bars are nicely tangy sweet. I like how the berries give a burst of blueberry goodness when you bite into them. Only had an 8″x8″ pan (recipe calls for 9″x9″) but it still worked […]

Laura Wins Again!!!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Laura pulls in a Blue Ribbon and the Grand Prize yet again at this years Hometown Fair Bake Off!

Cakes/Pies Blue Ribbon Winner: Apple Cake
Used the recipe in the link below, using 5 really large Granny Smith apples which gave me about 6-1/2 Cups of apple slices. My co-workers and Paul - also known as […]

Easter Dinner 2015

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Easter Dinner with Green Onions from our friend Eric.

St. Patty’s Day 2015

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Laura once again outdid herself with her famous (and under appreciated) Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots and Slaw….. Really Awesome!!

Our Superbowl XLIX Fare

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

National Peanut Butter Day!

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

Celebrating National Peanut Butter Day (yes, there is such a thing) with homemade peanut butter.
Enjoy it in a sandwich, in a sauce, on top of ice cream, or my personal favorite - right off the spoon.
The “recipe” doesn’t get any easier… Just put roasted peanuts into a food processor and let the processor do […]

Cod Simmered in Coconut Curry Broth

Friday, June 6th, 2014

This was a super simple one pot dish to throw together. Coconut milk, red curry paste, veggies, and fish all simmer together and dinner is ready in less than a half hour. The original recipe called for spinach as the main vegetable, but we didn’t have enough spinach, so I added red bell […]

Laura Wins Again!!!

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Laura scored 2 ribbons at the El Segundo Hometown Fair this year on May 3rd…..

She won the Blue Ribbon for “Cakes & Pies” and the Grand Prize Ribbon…
Blue Ribbon
Apple Dumplings w/Sour Cream Pastry
This recipe was recommended by our neighbor Marie (this is the second winning recipe she’s suggested!)
also found recipe at
Made […]

Easter 2014

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Laura outdid herself again this Easter…..
Ham (from Oscars Smokehouse, Upstate NY)
Mac’n Cheese (America’s Test Kitchen Recipe)
Spring Vegetables

National Grilled Cheese Day 2014

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

With a side of Homemade Tomato Soup

National Pancake Day!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Observed annually on Fat Tuesday.

We celebrated appropriately, did you?

Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Laura made this Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup she found on Pinterest. Best Soup EVER!