Wednesday, May 20, 2015
One of my favourite things about cooking is taking a look in the fridge and using up what I have on hand to make a meal, snack or baked good. Others may find it challenging, but I get a thrill out of it. Some of the best things that come out of the little green kitchen are creative takes on leftovers or ingredients almost (but not quite) off. The whole mantra "waste not, want not" is key in my household, and also the smart title of Cinda Chavich's new cookbook. Cinda is an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in food, wine and travel writing. She's also penned 6 other cookbooks including my favourites High Plains and The Girl Can't Cook. I had the pleasure of cooking for her on this adventure three years ago, where we bonded over pecan pie and prairie sky. A wonderful lady. And she knows food. Her recipes are creative and inspiring, and her latest cookbook offering is that and much more.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
You guys! It feels like forever since I've sat down at my desk and said hi. How have you been? Do you believe it's the middle of May already? The middle of May! Things have been bonkers busy since I last wrote... New job(s)! More freelance recipe writing! I had a birthday! Throw in the annual gigantic yard clean up and there's nary a free moment to brush the cats and call my mom, never mind translate all that's been happening to here. Please forgive. But you know what? Everything is so good. So good! Taking that leap of faith and quitting a job that wasn't doing me any good was the best thing I could have done three months ago. I love where I'm working and who I'm working with. I love what I do and I know I'm lucky that I get to say that. It's honestly such a blessing how things turned out for me. Somehow the puzzle pieces of life just fit together when they are supposed to. You can't force things if they aren't right. You just can't. But when things slide into place like they were meant to all along - that's the business. Am I grateful? You bet your boots.