What’s Cooking In Our New Kitchen: Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

It has been a long time since my last post and I am sorry about that, but at least I left you with a good one. That coconut lime sorbet is da bomb. No kidding.

For the past couple of years I haven’t been publishing as frequently as I’d like due to our downsizing and remodeling. We moved from our big house in the suburban bubble that we lived in for about 13 years and settled into a more urban area. We found we no longer needed the high taxes, the fancy new schools and the three floors of dust. We wanted to simplify our lives by lightening our load and moving closer to everything.

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My New Normal: Curried Red Lentil Soup

Curried Red Lentil Soup

I’ll spare you of all the gory details, but I have been experiencing a health crisis lately. To say that this issue got my attention would be an understatement at the very least. There is no more denying it, I have to make some serious changes and the first one is with my diet.

Like most die hard foodies, deep down I have known for sometime that I needed to make some alterations to my lifestyle. I kept telling myself that I would get started right after the new year, or after my birthday, or our anniversary, or after that big contest I wanted to enter, but my body got tired of waiting and took control.

I also need to start listening to the signals my body gives off. No more Googling and searching for the answer that I want to see. No siree, from now on, for the rest of my life, I’m afraid that I will be running to the doctor for the smallest ache or pain. I used to make fun of people like that, but now I am one of them, for I see that they are the smart ones after all.

My new normal started just over three weeks ago. Since then I have done my best to eliminate most animal fat and protein from my diet (can you imagine?). This dessert lover has actually stopped eating refined sugar and am very careful about how much fruit and honey I consume. It’s a new day I tell you.

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What to Cook for a Weekend of Playoffs and Snowstorms: French Onion Soup With Grilled Swiss Cheese and Bacon Dippers

French Onion Soup With Grilled Swiss Cheese and Bacon Dippers

Is there anything better than something aromatic and savory bubbling away on the stove? I don’t think so, especially when it is chilly and dark outside.

With a big snowstorm predicted in the east and an even bigger playoff game here in the west this weekend, I feel like we need to bring out the big guns in the form of a delicious old favorite, French onion soup.

I know a lot of us usually only eat this soup when it is on the menu at our favorite local restaurant, but it is perfect for a viewing party or snowy evening at home. Sophisticated, affordable and pretty simple to make, why eat it from a can when you can make it better at home? Paired it with these crunchy little grilled cheese strips and you will have an easy meal that everyone will surely love.

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