Getting Real with a Recipe

Don’t you love food porn? Those inspiring photos of well-executed steps and beautifully plated dishes. Pristine ingredients, colorful spices in tiny glass bowls, gorgeous gadgets of all sorts in perfectly appointed kitchens. Aaaah. I’m a sucker for a gorgeous cookbook, especially one chock-full of healthy recipes. Once we moved into a smaller house, I’ve controlled… Continue reading Getting Real with a Recipe

How Many Calories Do You Need?

Weight loss is science, right? Bodies burn calories to create energy. Each body is unique, and differentiating factors–amount and type of exercise, height, weight, age, and gender–factor into the simple balance of calories in versus calories out. Exactly how many calories, then, does a specific body need? Eating to Lose Weight I’ve been dealing with an unrelenting,… Continue reading How Many Calories Do You Need?

Fried Turkey Bones Give Winter Soup A Tasty Base

I’m a cold weather lover. So when this morning’s temperature dropped from a muggy 75+ degrees (it’s December, dammit!) to a steely 55 degrees in a the space of an hour, the day looked fabulous. Windows open! The possibility of jeans without sweat! Dare I hope–a jacket? SWEET. Naturally, I wanted something hot to eat.… Continue reading Fried Turkey Bones Give Winter Soup A Tasty Base

Grow Your Own Passion Fruit

My life is no Disney movie, but little woodland creatures taught me a lesson this weekend. Based on discarded rinds littering the garden, it’s time to eat. Thank you, furry friends; I’d been clueless about passion fruit. Passionflower: More than Pretty About a year ago, I planted a passionflower vine in a sunny spot along my… Continue reading Grow Your Own Passion Fruit

Falling in Love with Lemongrass

It’s a typical romance novel contrivance: over the years, two people cultivate a fast friendship. Then something changes. Maybe they take a trip together; perhaps they’re forced to shelter under spreading oak branches during a rainstorm; a new-found love interest creates a problematic threesome. Suddenly, eyes are metaphorically opened. One sees the other, that previously… Continue reading Falling in Love with Lemongrass

Homemade Granola and the Trickle-Down Recipe Effect

On June 21, 2017, I issued a definitive declaration to my husband: “We will never buy granola again.” As you might imagine, that proclamation profoundly impacted breakfasts at the Nyfeler house. What you might not realize is how these six words could have a lasting effect on our family for generations to come. My Kitchen… Continue reading Homemade Granola and the Trickle-Down Recipe Effect

Delicious Deviled Egg Recipe Spices Up A Classic

When my sister-in-laws and I took a road trip to central Texas’ famous Canton Trade Days, we each went armed with a wish list of treasures. One of my first purchases was a huge score: a deviled egg tray, that retro symbol of “Mad Men”-era cocktail parties. When I was a kid, my mom always… Continue reading Delicious Deviled Egg Recipe Spices Up A Classic

Sweet Potato Vines Do Double Duty as Decoration and Dinner

When my husband is on his own for any length of time, veggies fall off his plate. While I was traveling last week, he texted me a photo of the dinner he’d prepared—a giant steak. “That’s beautiful,” I typed back, “but where are the veggies?” His reply: “MUSHROOMS, LEAH, MUSHROOMS!” (Cap locks all his.) No… Continue reading Sweet Potato Vines Do Double Duty as Decoration and Dinner

Adding Some Yard to My Meal

When my kids were little and I’d serve some unfamiliar piece of food, they’d cock their heads, give the plate a squinty-eyed stare, and skeptically ask, “Is there yard in this?” 9 times out of 10, they’d caught me. Deer-Resistant Homegrown Herbs “Yard” meant any one of the herbs I’d planted as part of our… Continue reading Adding Some Yard to My Meal