Ode to the Can Opener

Oh, OXO.  You make such a lovely can opener.  ‘Tis a thing of beauty.  Because, as advertised, it opens a can.  No muss, no fuss, just food and fingers intact. Why the big deal about the can opener?  Well, we had a lousy can opener for the last few years.  It was the 99-cent special…

Comfort Food Heaven: Baked Beans and Sausage and Kale

Baked beans weren’t a thing in our house growing up.  We had plenty of green beans, not a ton of other beans.* So imagine my surprise when I made baked beans for the first time last week, and they’re delicious.  I would put them onto my comfort food list in a heartbeat, and that’s a…

The Easiest Barbecue Chicken

Some weeks, there’s time to do oodles of side projects and fun random things.  Other weeks, there’s barely enough time to live real life with actual food and sleep, and things like blogging and painting fall by the way-side.  This is one of the “other” weeks. For such an occasion as this, may I introduce…

Wonton Ravioli with Ricotta and Spinach

Okay, before you assume that this is an Asian dish, keep in mind that dumpling wrappers, wonton wrappers, and pasta are essentially the same–flour and water with maybe some special pizzazz here or there.  But basically, they’re the same. In this recipe, “Wonton” just means “You can buy the ‘pasta’ pre-made, rolled, and cut.”  In…

Perfect Snow Day (and the food that goes with it)

I haven’t been posting about food much lately, mostly because of that silly flu bug that got me.  Food just isn’t as exciting when you’re A) not eating or B) barely making it through the work day.  But thanks to today’s magically beautiful snow day, I found some love for food again.   First, I’ll…

Sausage, Kale, and White Bean Stew (Last-Minute Gold)

I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself.  Scott and I had dinner with new friends last night (new friends!!!!!), and when we got home around 9:30, I sat on the couch.  No, that’s not what made me proud. After I sat on the couch like a bump on a log for 20…