Month: June 2014

Monterey, California: One year wasn’t enough

As I write this post, we have been living in Monterey, California for exactly one year to date. Soon we will say goodbye to this little paradise in Central California.  We truly do love it here, and despite being crazy busy with school, we were still able to enjoy the area. If you are planning …

Nonna’s Fried Zucchini Blossoms {Recipe ReDux}

I got my love of food and gardens from my Italian grandmother.  Every year the four of us kids would go visit Nonna for the summer.  I loved these long visits, and quickly became Nonna’s little gardener.  She had an amazing garden, the best I’ve ever seen.  At one point she turned her entire backyard …

How to make quick oats out of rolled oats

Have you ever found yourself standing in the cereal isle wondering what all those different oats are and which one you’re supposed to get?  There are so many different options between quick oats, instant oats, rolled oats, steel cut oats, old fashioned steel cut oats, am I missing any? Did you know you can make …

Hamburger Monterey

  By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Mushroom Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. When I started this blog, my sweet great-grandparents began sending me some of their favorite recipes.  One of their favorites, Hamburger Monterey, quickly …

Fruit Pizza

I picked two strawberries from the garden a few days ago, and the market is overflowing with first berries of the season…Summer is finally here!  Woohoo!  I love summers because they normally mean lots of hikes with the dog, working out, and just enjoying being outside.   Things are a little crazy here in Monterey. …