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Southwest Macaroni and Cheese


It’s been at least a few years since I’ve stocked boxes of macaroni and cheese in the pantry, but we visited Grocery Outlet for the first time recently and Phil insisted on grabbing a couple boxes of Horizon organic mac.

Sourdough Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


I know that some of you looked at the title of this recipe and thought sourdough chocolate what? Or perhaps you thought it was a typo and that this is actually a sour cream chocolate cake.

Artichoke Cheddar Squares


I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, craving comfort foods, making lots of casseroles, and thinking about recipes that were popular during my adolescence– those fabulous decades known as the eighties and nineties.

February Garden Update


As always happens here in central California, spring sneaks up on us in February. Every year I see the blossoms on the trees and think that it’s way too early for spring.

Cranberry Orange Scones


Bursting with cranberries and bright orange flavor, these sweet buttery little scones are my new favorite winter treat.

The Sugar Snap Peas are Back!


As if the scent of roses, lilacs, and orange blossoms wafting around our yard hadn’t been enough of a clue, the arrival of sugar snap peas in our CSA box is a sure sign that spring has definitely, absolutely arrived.  While I know that the weather hasn’t been very pleasant in other parts of the country, it’s been mostly warm and beautiful here punctuated with a few brief bouts of much needed and prayed for rain.  It’s actually sprinkling on and off as I type this.  It’s one of those strange and beautiful early evenings where the sky is dark and stormy but the setting sun is low enough to break through and brighten everything down below.  It’s a striking contrast and especially beautiful since everything is wet and sparkling from the afternoon showers.

The Sugar Snap Peas are Back!


As if the scent of roses, lilacs, and orange blossoms wafting around our yard hadn’t been enough of a clue, the arrival of sugar snap peas in our CSA box is a sure sign that spring has definitely, absolutely arrived.  While I know that the weather hasn’t been very pleasant in other parts of the country, it’s been mostly warm and beautiful here punctuated with a few brief bouts of much needed and prayed for rain.  It’s actually sprinkling on and off as I type this.  It’s one of those strange and beautiful early evenings where the sky is dark and stormy but the setting sun is low enough to break through and brighten everything down below.  It’s a striking contrast and especially beautiful since everything is wet and sparkling from the afternoon showers.

After the Rain


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After the Rain


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Goodbye, November

Today is the last day of National Blog Posting Month and the NaBloPoMo challenge of blogging every single day this month has finally come to an end.  Since today also happens to be my birthday, I decided to give myself a break and not worry about uploading photos, sharing recipes, or even talking much about food.  I spent a relaxing day with my fiancé, opened some fun presents this evening, and had a nice home-cooked dinner with family.  It really was a perfect end to a busy, stressful month and rather than feeling burned out, I’m charged up and ready for December.  I have new recipe ideas to test and share, sourdough starter to play with, a stack of new cookbooks to try out and review, and some great products to give away.  See you in December!

Goodbye, November

Today is the last day of National Blog Posting Month and the NaBloPoMo challenge of blogging every single day this month has finally come to an end.  Since today also happens to be my birthday, I decided to give myself a break and not worry about uploading photos, sharing recipes, or even talking much about food.  I spent a relaxing day with my fiancé, opened some fun presents this evening, and had a nice home-cooked dinner with family.  It really was a perfect end to a busy, stressful month and rather than feeling burned out, I’m charged up and ready for December.  I have new recipe ideas to test and share, sourdough starter to play with, a stack of new cookbooks to try out and review, and some great products to give away.  See you in December!

Memories of Leftovers


We had a really nice Thanksgiving celebration yesterday at my cousin’s house.  There was lots of family, lots of laughing, and lots of delicious food.  All the leftovers we made off with went to work with Phil this morning so there’s no cold pumpkin pie for breakfast and no turkey sandwiches for me today, something that’s a little unusual.  But I had my fill of turkey and all the trimmings yesterday and I’m feeling okay about bucking tradition and just eating a light lunch today.  I am, however, sitting here enjoying some memories of what Thanksgiving was like when I was younger and rather than feeling melancholy about loved ones lost, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have so many wonderful holiday celebrations to look back on.(...) Continue reading Memories of Leftovers © Pinch My Salt, 2013.

Memories of Leftovers


We had a really nice Thanksgiving celebration yesterday at my cousin’s house.  There was lots of family, lots of laughing, and lots of delicious food.  All the leftovers we made off with went to work with Phil this morning so there’s no cold pumpkin pie for breakfast and no turkey sandwiches for me today, something that’s a little unusual.  But I had my fill of turkey and all the trimmings yesterday and I’m feeling okay about bucking tradition and just eating a light lunch today.  I am, however, sitting here enjoying some memories of what Thanksgiving was like when I was younger and rather than feeling melancholy about loved ones lost, I’m feeling pretty lucky to have so many wonderful holiday celebrations to look back on.(...) Continue reading Memories of Leftovers © Pinch My Salt, 2013.

Thanksgiving Apple Pie


I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of pie. © Pinch My Salt, 2013.

Thanksgiving Apple Pie


I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of pie. © Pinch My Salt, 2013.

Wordless Wednesday: Comfort


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Wordless Wednesday: Comfort


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This Week’s CSA Box


I just picked up our T&D Willey Farms CSA box and thought I’d let you peek inside again.  It’s a good one!

This Week’s CSA Box


I just picked up our T&D Willey Farms CSA box and thought I’d let you peek inside again.  It’s a good one!

Non-Pie Thanksgiving Desserts


While it’s honestly a little hard for me to imagine, I know there are some of you out there who don’t really care for pie.  I may not agree with that sentiment, but I can accept it.  And I can agree that there should always be room for delicious, seasonal, non-pie desserts on the Thanksgiving table.  As long as there is also pie.  Here are some ideas:(...) Continue reading Non-Pie Thanksgiving Desserts © Pinch My Salt, 2013.


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