Raising a puppy: Part 2

Part 2: Picking a puppy! When we decided to get a dog a lot of factors came into play. First, this is my first dog, so I wanted a dog that would respond gently and well to training. Second, I wanted to have a dog that was well raised during the first few weeks and with information about the parents.…

Raising a Puppy: Part 1

My little nugget Sazerac turned 8 months old this week! Raising and training her has been a big task as she is my first dog, ever. I wanted to share some advice and systems I put in place, mostly during the early months to teach her. Raising a dog can be really overwhelming. The first night she cried for 12…

Tips for Collecting Vintage Cookbooks

I’ve been building up my vintage cookbook collection for a while now. I love opening an old book and finding all these forgotten recipes. Plus, who can resist 1,000 examples of jello salad? Here are my tips for building a vintage cookbook collection: 1: Keep in mind the style of books you enjoy. I’m biased towards 20’s, 40’s, 60’s, and…

Elixir of GOOD HEALTH!

This spring I’ve been having a lot of fun finding more ways to bring more health into my daily routine. I’ve found yoga to be much easier to stick to as a routine if I give myself the accountability to keep my good friend Rachel up to date on how my practice has been going. A simple thumbs up on…

Deep Dish Pizza

A while back, we made an evening of making two big deep dish pizzas, stuffed with all the best fillings Chicago Style pizzas are good for. I’m a big fan on thin crusted, wood fire pizzas, but after taking on this project, a good deep dish pizza may be an equal rival. I’ve gained much more respect for this style…

Thai Lettuce Wraps With Peanut Sauce

Thai Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce:  Peanut Butter Sauce: -1/4 tbs peanut butter -2 tbs fish sauce -1/4 cup ginger sesame salad dressing -3 tbs crushed peanuts -1 clove garlic minced -2 tbs sesame/sunflower oil   Prepare the chicken by cutting into small pieces. Stir half of the peanut sauce in with the chicken pieces and let marinate for 1…

Pickles: Okra and Cucumber

Thinking back to last summer, at the Old Pink House, where the cucumbers and okra grew so big. Here in our new house, we’re lacking sun but: Outside in the garden the herbs are growing strong despite the shade. Here’s some photos from when we harvested the okra and cucumber from the garden, and decided to do a quick pickle…

Weeknight Dinner: Pasta Alla Carbonara

Weeknight Dinner: Pasta Alla Carbonara 1/2 pound pasta 4 egg yolks 1/2 cup heavy cream 4 strips crispy bacon 1 cup parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Cook pasta until al dente, and drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. To the pasta, add the cheese, yolks, and cream and cook on low heat for 5 minutes…

Summer Tomato Sandwich

Summer Tomato Sandwich -4 slices bread -2 small vine tomatoes -1/4 cup cream cheese -1 tsp whole grain mustard Toast bread, and assemble by spreading cream cheese and mustard to one side of two slices of bread, and both sides of the other two slices. Distribute tomatoes, making middle layer the double sided cream cheese toast. Best eaten on a…