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

Replacing My Early Morning Run with Cooking

Up-down-up-down; the red onion made a wet woosh, leaving a smear of fuchsia against the mandolin’s sharp blade. The repetitive motion induced the kind of meditative trance I’d experience listening to my footfalls on a pre-sunrise run. Up-down-up-down. Checking the Right Box Sometimes, I’m awake early. The I-can’t-sleep-and-this-is-still-technically-nighttime kind of early. What is there to do in the… Continue reading Replacing My Early Morning Run with Cooking

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

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

Easy Summer Dinner: Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pesto

I should’ve been packing for West Texas but there was this small matter of dinner. So I whipped up another batch of the absolute best pasta dish ever, with the idea that I was saving time by also making lunch for the long drive to Davis Mountain Fitness and Training Camp. I’d break up the day… Continue reading Easy Summer Dinner: Pasta with Butternut Squash and Pesto

Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies

No one has ever come to blows at my sister in law’s annual Plant Party but a cactus has been licked. For more than 20 years now, Suzan has hosted an annual gardening get-together. In the spring, she creates a plant-friendly environment at her home for a morning of laughing, swapping, and brunching with friends.… Continue reading Plants, Family Traditions, and Rosemary Refrigerator Cookies