Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Yes, I’m posting two back-to-back soup recipes. I love soup! I especially love how filling and warm and comforting a big bowl of soup is on a cold winter day, and I also love how inexpensive (both in dollars and in caloric value) most soups are. They’re also quick and easy to eat when I’mContinue reading “Roasted Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup”

Potato Soup with Herbed-Roasted Mushrooms, Potatoes, and Corn

Once upon a time, in what feels like a different life, I co-owned a boutique wine shop with a small upscale cafe, where I was the executive chef. I served everything from wine-inspired appetizers, pizzas, and soups/salads/sandiwches to 5 course $150 a head wine dinners. But, during this time, I also had two very smallContinue reading “Potato Soup with Herbed-Roasted Mushrooms, Potatoes, and Corn”

Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna with Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce

Labor Day is such an interesting holiday, having a foot in two seasons. On Saturday we grilled out, enjoying freshly harvested local sweet corn, watermelon, lemonade, and bbq. And then on Sunday, the wind had that specific scent and voracity and bite, the trees had that sound of rustling, and we started deep cleaning everythingContinue reading “Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna with Sage and Honey Brown Butter Sauce”

Recipe Post: Chimichurri Chicken, Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Mexican Street Corn Salad

I am so behind on the blog and vlog and basically all things Homstead right now. After South Dakota, the kids had to get ready for remote learning for their respective schools, and I reported back to my full-time job in higher education; and, well, as I’m sure most of you can imagine, there’s quiteContinue reading “Recipe Post: Chimichurri Chicken, Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Mexican Street Corn Salad”

A Tale of Two Birthday Cakes: Confetti Crumb and Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream

Yikes! I’m woefully behind on updating the blog! Ever since we got back from South Dakota there has been a sea of vlogs to edit (including some for work), work for my actual job is ramping up again, and school stuff–including the in-person vs. remote nail biter decision–all happened; and, perhaps most importantly for thisContinue reading “A Tale of Two Birthday Cakes: Confetti Crumb and Chocolate Cookies n’ Cream”

Recipe Post: Vietnamese-Inspired Chicken Quinoa Salad and Mongolian-Style Turkey Meatballs

Ah summer. I always crave food with fresh, vibrant flavors and textures this time of year. I also like to cook and eat food that isn’t heavy, did not take me an hour of standing over a hot stove to make, and doesn’t necessarily need to be piping hot to be delicious. To that end,Continue reading “Recipe Post: Vietnamese-Inspired Chicken Quinoa Salad and Mongolian-Style Turkey Meatballs”

Mediterranean Beans Two Ways: White Bean (or Italian Sausage) Pasta and Spicy White Bean Salad

Beans. So inexpensive. So nutritious. So tasty. So versatile. I love them. A year ago I went searching for some inspiration for quick and healthy work lunches, and found this recipe for a sundried tomato cannellini bean salad. I made it as-is the first time, and then adjusted it to my own tastes, and haveContinue reading “Mediterranean Beans Two Ways: White Bean (or Italian Sausage) Pasta and Spicy White Bean Salad”

Weekly Recipes: Cold Spicy Asian Noodles and Dan Dan-style Noodles

This first recipe is one I’ve been making for years now, having found it on Pinterest from this blog, and tweaking it over the years. Many years ago, when our air conditioner was broken during the 90 degree heat and humidity of July, I started cooking and serving only cold dinners, which is when IContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Cold Spicy Asian Noodles and Dan Dan-style Noodles”

Weekly Meal Plan and a Weekly Recipe: Santa Fe Salad

Do any of you remember the Barbara Streisand movie “The Mirror Has Two Faces?” In it, as Jeff Bridges watches with affection, she methodically tackles the disparate elements on her plate, uniting them in the right proportions until she has The Perfect Bite. This is how I cook–each element on the plate can be mixedContinue reading “Weekly Meal Plan and a Weekly Recipe: Santa Fe Salad”

Mother’s Day Tea: Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

It has been a very busy week for me, as I had a writing deadline for work that seems to have sucked one week of my life away (yes that’s a play on a Princess Bride reference). It was good writing, though, and feels satisfying and exciting now that it’s off into the world, whichContinue reading “Mother’s Day Tea: Dark Chocolate Chip Scones”