Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I’ve made carrot soup, asparagus soup, tomato soup, corn soup, potato soup, squash soup, pumpkin soup, beet soup, and broccoli soup, but I have never made roasted red pepper soup…until now.  And what a success it was.  Perfectly peppery, roasted, and spiced.  Also, it was extraordinarily fresh, and incredibly healthy (until I ate about fifty … [Follow your taste buds…]

Perfectly Soft Pretzel Sticks

Words escape me.  Truly.  I honestly don’t know how to describe the heavenly little sticks of flaky but chewy dough with a little hint of salt that are also known as Pretzels.  When I plan my last supper, these will absolutely-100%-without-hesitation-or-a-shadow-of-a-doubt be on the menu…in mass quantity. And yes, they are better than Auntie Anne’s.  … [Follow your taste buds…]

Pumpkin Brownies

Holy Moley!  This school year is NUTS!  New principal, new assistant principal, new superintendent, new standards-based programs (yay!), new policies, new procedures, new growth-based assessments (yay!), new mastery tracking systems (yay!), new everything!  I haven’t been this excited, this nervous, this busy, this frantic, and tired since my first two years of teaching in New … [Follow your taste buds…]

Basil Spaghetti with Salmon, Sundried Tomatoes, and Artichokes

The Alaska State Fair marks the start of fall every year.  Farm animals, 100 pound cabbages and pumpkins, zucchinis the size of a football, food carts, games, rides, and–my favorite–booths from local artisans.  We came home with a beautiful painting of Denali by my favorite artist, really full bellies, and some absolutely incredible infused olive … [Follow your taste buds…]

Baked Spring Rolls

There certainly is little debate about spring rolls being one of the best finger foods ever created.  The perfect combination of crunchy and tender, harmonizing perfectly with veggies and spices.  Personally, I also love them because they are always piping hot–a clear indication that they are straight from the kitchen into my belly.  With all … [Follow your taste buds…]

The Breakfast of Winners

For the past six years, I have had a half cup of some sort of cereal mixed with one serving of some sort of yogurt.  I’ve gone through Oatmeal Squares and Vanilla Activia, Rice Chex and Greek yogurt with fruit, Grape Nuts and Yoplait, and pretty much any other combination you can think of.  In … [Follow your taste buds…]