Tuesday, April 8, 2014

kale + ricotta ravioli with homemade tomato sauce (and a side of toddler and mama meltdown)


i had such high hopes for these homemade ravioli. and don't get me wrong, they turned out pretty amazing and i am a convert for homemade(ish) ravioli now that i know how simple(ish) it can be. 

what i didn't factor into the equation was-- the mister coming home late from work (he works incredibly hard to support our little family and late nights once in a while have to be expected), the subsequent meltdown from the toddler because he was famished, add in that dada wasn't home and nix was missing him something fierce, and then the resulting mama meltdown that followed the toddler meltdown as i tried to boil water, finish filling the ravioli, puree the sauce, plate the wee one's food and soothe him (all at the same time, mind you) while keeping him out of the hot, hot, hot kitchen.
nixon needed dada and i needed a beer. don't judge.
there was a whole lotta melting down going on in this house tonight.

okee dokee, back to the ravioli.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

chico love

(lower bidwell park)

we very recently had friends move to chico from san diego. they are friends from college days, and so they have lived here before, but its like a whole new town when you have been gone for 10+ years and are no longer in college AND you have a nearly one year old baby girl.

onion ring debate



look at that little lovely up there. all hot and crunchy and craggy and fried to golden-brown perfection.

a perfect onion ring is a thing of simple and delicious beauty.

instagram grub


i am loving my new-to-me iphone 4, mainly for the camera and instagram.
above, making chicken broth to be used for chicken enchiladas (sauce) and lemon orzo chicken soup.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

lemon orzo chicken soup


when the dark clouds crowd the sky and there is wind and rain, i crave soup. i also just realized that when that kind of weather hits, i also crave lemon. it must be something about the way lemon is bright and tart and perks up just about anything, even people.

Monday, March 31, 2014

quick (relatively speaking) homemade chicken stock


this is a simple recipe for making homemade chicken stock, and once you make the stock you can freeze it in small portions, maybe 2 cups per portion, if you like, or freeze it all in one big batch to be used later for making a big pot of soulful soup or some savory spanish rice.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

spinach and sundried tomato linguine with a silky lemon cream sauce


i am writing this as the little one scarfs down his yogurt so i need to be quick.

uh oh, i think i hear spoon hitting empty bowl.