Hello again! :)

Ya know…I kinda miss this place and all of you wonderful readers. I just went through the comments pages—-good GRIEF there was a ton of spam in there! I’m sorry if any of you had to suffer through any of it to get the the real comments on the posts. I’ve deleted most of the spammy comments. (I hope!)

I don’t know how many of you are members of Pinterest, but that site has really gotten me back into the kitchen (not that I left, really, more like fell into a creative rut) and trying new things and coming up with new ideas. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bacon recipes and drinks and desserts, and blog links all together in one spot! lol Needless to say, I spend a lot of time there. hehe

This year I also started a little container garden on our patio. Here in the middle of the city, we don’t really have yards, but we are very fortunate to have a decent sized patio, where we keep most of the canaries, the turtle, and the pergola for summer dining. :) It’s about 2 by 3 meters (yards) total, and the ginormous grill is in the center of it, so that leaves little space for much else. That’s probably a good thing, though, as I’ve been learning what *not* to do and tending to various pest/disease issues that have come up over the course of the summer. Stupid white flies and aphids! grrr! I am quite proud of the lemon and nectarine trees, though….so far so good and keeping my fingers crossed!

The cherry tomatoes are thriving, and I think I’ll actually plant more of those soon. The first crop of zucchini looked great, but the female blossoms dried up and fell off, so we’re on to round 2, in a much bigger pot.

Green beans, peppers (especially the cayennes) and snow peas did fairly well, and I was able to harvest and eat vegetables that I grew in my own garden! I’ve also got loads of fresh herbs that seem to be doing alright—well, except for the oregano. I don’t know why it’s dying. Aphids killed my spearmint (thugs), and some disgusting green worms did a number on the basil, too. The rosemary, lavender, chives, thyme, dill and garlic are doing great, though.

One pleasant surprise is the artichoke plant. It’s growing from seed and is quite large already, though according to sources on the net I shouldn’t expect to harvest anything the first year. That’s ok, it’s a gorgeous plant as it is.

Do you guys have any experience with container gardening? I’d love your tips and tricks for success.


Cumin and Citrus Marinated Chicken

cumin and citrus chicken grill

Wow…it’s been a while since I’ve posted any recipes, huh?  Hopefully, this will mark the beginning of a comeback into the foodblogosphere! 

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Nothing to do with Food. Everything to do with nosy neighbors.

Ok. So we have this seriously nosy neighbor. She’s in her 70′s, never married, and spies on on all of us that live around her. Case in point? One day last summer she actually screamed to us from the center floor of the building (an office that was being remodeled). She was either staring at the neighbors next door or eavesdropping on the conversation we were having in the kitchen. She wanted me to JUMP THE FREAKING ROOF, climb into her window, and open her door for her. She locked herself out spying. Seriously—she brought me down to her spying place and showed me the view. Of the neighbors’ houses, and OUR PATIO. I was like, W.T.F??? Aren’t you even the slightest bit embarrassed at being CAUGHT peeping tomming? (is that a word? lmfao) She has actually brought up things that we have talked about IN OUR KITCHEN to no one else, as if she were part of the conversation we had. We installed a translucent roof on that patio, and now close the door unless we’re talking in English.

There is a point to this story. I ran into this woman today on my way out to the grocery. The first thing she said to me? “You’re fatter!” with a celebratory little pat on my belly. Um, yeah. Thanks, beyotch. Just what I wanted to hear. She continued on, however, saying that the reason I’m fatter is that I’ve been having too many barbecues with friends, and probably the wine we drink while barbecuing is making me fat. No. Lie. You know, I thought that by building the greenhouse in that corner, and having the gazebo thingie we have she’d have lost her view. That woman has got to have some serious spy gear to be achieving the level of infiltration she is. She is 4 stories up from where we grill. 4. Freaking. Stories! How in the hell is she doing that?

So, I’m a little freaked out and thinking of installing surveillance cameras looking up to her roof. Then I’ll broadcast them on the huge white building across the street like the films we used to watch in high school. I think fil still has a super 8…………….


The Yummiest Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are the absolute BEST peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies.  Ever. [Read more →]


“Grilled” Zucchini and Cheese Canapés

These elegant appetizer bites are ready in about 10 minutes, start to finish. [Read more →]


Salisbury Steak Doesn’t Have to Come From a Frozen Box

In fact, it’s a helluva a lot better if it doesn’t.


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