San Diego is where it’s at.
Well, okay, where Christopher and I are at.
Yup, dear friends. It’s official.
We are now bona fide, without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt San Diegans.
And I am not quite sure how I feel about it yet.
It’s kind of like how that line in that
Soundgarden song goes:
California and feeling Minnesota.
Now, I don’t quite look California (too pale), and not quite Minnesota because I’m no longer perpetually chilled and just too darn glad to be here.
cooking, Cream, food, Ice cream, Lime (fruit), Mint, Peach, Peach Ice Cream, recipes, San Diego
Aug · 15
It is the afternoon on the day before we leave for our new life in
The car is packed and the suitcases by the door.
And on the balcony, planter pots lie empty waiting to be filled again.
There are no recipes to share today, my friends, just a few things to share.
Seattle and the area around it has been my home for the last 10 years. And during those 10 years, I was lucky enough to make a few very great friends. Continue reading
Birthdays can have their way with you if you let them.
(And not in a good way).
They tend to be viewed by much of
Western society as simply markers on the passage of time to a place we’re all headed to known as Older.
And Western society does not like Older.
It’s true, time does speed up the older one gets and with The Big Day (i.e. Moving Day) a mere 15 days away now, I am all the more aware of the passing of time than ever before.
birthdays, Butter, cooking, Cream, food, recipes, Strawberry, Strawberry Shortcake, Whipped cream, wisdom
Jun · 26
I have this thing for
It’s not because of how they look.
They’re not particularly pretty.
And let’s face it, they look kind of alien too.
Now, not that I have anything against aliens — I’m sure they could be very nice — but I’m not quite sure putting anything on one’s plate (let alone one’s stomach) that looks like it could pilot a
space ship would be such a good idea. Continue reading
bacon, Barbecue, BBQ, Butter, Fish and Seafood, food, New Orleans, recipes, Shrimp, wisdom
Jun · 14
I am seriously distracted these days.
No, more like preoccupied really.
Lots of changes are in the works here in our small corner of the
In little more than a month now, my husband and I will be picking up our little life and moving it 1,259 miles south to a place called
Turning to a new chapter in Christopher and I’s book and starting the very first paragraph of it.
Small Kitchen Chronicles will likely find a new home in an equally small square-footed kitchen (albeit in a much sunnier place).
Cajeta, caramel, cardamom, dessert, Dulce de leche, food, Ice cream, Mexican, Pistachio, recipes
May · 29
The day we set aside to honor the good mamas of the world.
A simple “thanks” however seems hardly enough.
Especially for the extra special ones
Now, I know that a lot of girls think this about the first, major female figure they laid their newborn eyes on but in Mama Lazarakis’s case, it’s extra true.
Bread pudding, Butter, food, Goat, Greece, Mama, Mother, Mother's Day, recipes, Rhubarb
May · 10
I have no real stories to tell this week, dear readers, except to tell you that this cake rocks.
And I don’t even really like cake.
And if you’re not in-the-know already, I’m also here to spill the beans on a super-duper top-secret:
Bananas + Molasses = Awesome
And I don’t even like
But I do like
In fact, I
If I weren’t madly in love with my husband, seriously, I’d probably run away with the stuff.
Baking and Confections, Banana, Butter, Cake, creme fraiche, food, Molasses, recipes, Sugar, sweet
Apr · 24
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
It was wonderful.
, sand and pounding waves, I cornered the market in strawberry daiquiris, chicken quesadillas and tortilla soup. Sun
Ate my year’s worth of the
recommended daily allowance of fish.
Practiced my bad
And slept in the world largest bed (All hail to the King!) where Christopher and I never once accidentally elbowed each other in the head.
Avocado, Coriander, food, garlic, Lime, Mexican, Olive oil, Paprika, recipes, Shrimp
Apr · 17
In less than a day from now, this newlywed will be in
Cabo San Lucas for a heavenly week with her husband, Christopher.
Sun, sand and more naturally acquired vitamin D than you can shake a sombrero at; if I were any more excited, I probably wouldn’t be allowed into the country.
What makes it all the more special though, is that it’s our honeymoon. And not just that, but the eve of our one year wedding anniversary.
Baking and Confections, Bran, Bread, cooking, Flour, food, marriage, No-knead bread, recipes, Whole-wheat flour
Mar · 19
I know it’s been a little quiet ’round these parts lately.
A lot quiet.
So quiet in fact that if Small Kitchen Chronicles where a chicken, it would be a
Brahma. Continue reading
Brahma, Butter, Cheese, Cheese sandwich, food, Grilled, recipes, Rhode Island Red, Sandwiches, Zen
Mar · 04
We all want it and we all need it.
Tennyson said it perfectly:
Love is the only gold.
And when we have it, we are truly rich indeed.
It can be found in the most expected and unexpected of places.
In food made with it, in a heart filled with it and especially when we give it.
Butter, Cupcake, food, love, recipes, red velvet cake, Red velvet cupcakes, Valentine's Day, Vanilla extract, Wine
Feb · 11
salad almost didn’t make it.
Initially setting out to make something totally easy and healthy for you all this week, what actually transpired went pretty much like this:
I cut my finger.
Knocked over the dressing.
Made a mess.
Had a near meltdown.
Blood orange, food, Goat Cheese, kitchen disasters, Olive oil, Orange, Pistachio, recipes, Salad, Vinegar
Jan · 23
Life for me these days is a work-in-progress.
My pillow being one of them.
Despite its obvious job, to help give me a good night’s sleep, all it’s succeeded in giving me over the last several months is a
stiff neck. Continue reading
baking, Butter, food, ginger, Pear, Pecan, pie, Puff pastry, recipes, tartetatin
Jan · 16
eyebrows are evil.
Okay, okay, maybe not exactly
evil, but unless regularly kept in line, always look like they’re up to no good.
It really is all the left one’s fault. That one’s what people call the “bad crowd”. The one on the right got involved with it from the very start and it’s been bad news ever since.
All by itself, Rightie just looks a bit too serious for its own good but together, they look like they’re about to take over the ship (that ship being me).
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Jan · 09
Image from Cuded.Com — Photo by Marina Cano
It’s a brand new year, dear readers; we’ve survived the holidays and 2013 finds us with lots to love.
I find myself very thankful for what I’ve got, which has nothing to do with what I received for
Christmas and everything to do with the love that I am blessed to have and that I am lucky enough to give.
I also find myself to be continual thankful for you, dear readers, and this community of fellow bloggers who keep me going, inspired, laughing, and feeling profoundly and incredibly blessed.
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Jan · 04