About Dave’s Recipes

After about 26 years of marriage, Dave announced one day that he felt like cooking something. Up to this point, not much cooking had happened in our house and our kitchen was wasted space. Where our real dining took place was in restaurants — some weeks we ate literally every meal out, which is not only expensive, but… Read More »

Dave’s Creamy Carrot-Apple Soup

This soup perfectly straddles the line between sweet and savory, and it achieves a perfect texture due to the pureed avocado. I put this soup high on my list of favorite Dave creations. It’s perhaps not as photogenic as the others, but in this case that’s because It was so good I couldn’t be bothered to stop and… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

Knowing that I love anything with sweet potatoes and also that we had some sweet corn kernels in the freezer to use up, Dave concocted this amazing soup for dinner yesterday. I put this at the top of my favorite Dave creations. The vegetables perfectly compliment each other in the pureed base, and the whole corn kernels and… Read More »

Dave’s Rosemary-infused Roasted Potatoes

When I order hash-brown potatoes in a restaurant, I always ask that they are “mixed and crispy” — the darker brown they are the better. I assume my Dave took that to heart when he created this new dish. These potatoes are remarkable: almost like they’ve been oh-so-lightly coated in a subtle breadcrumb coating (but they’re not). Very… Read More »

Kathleen’s Sweet Potato Hash

Don’t let the title fool you: this is another of Dave’s amazing creations. He had me put my name to it because it was my idea to create a general topper out of sweet potatoes (think Bacon-bits, but healthier, tastier, and vegan!). When he makes a batch of this, I have a container of it in the fridge… Read More »

Dave’s Sweet Autumn Squacamole

Dave invented this awesome dish last autumn, but as I neglected to take a photo of it, I waited until now to post it. This savory/sweet dish was inspired by guacamole, but there is little similarity beyond the name. Serve it warm, either by itself or with some faro or other grain and sweet potato hash, as a… Read More »

Dave’s Yellow Basmati Rice

After experimenting with a dubious package of “Saffron Rice” from the grocery store that had MSG as one of its ingredients, Dave started wondering how he could make a yummy rice from scratch at home. Here’s the result, which he served with braised sugar snap peas and chicken. I think it would be really great with sautéed mushrooms… Read More »

Make Mine Rare

When I eat beef, I want it rare, although my husband and brother constantly tell me this is dangerous. Thinking I’d get them to stop bugging me about it, I did a little research… I saw this 2004 article on BBC.com that described a study in which they found that E. Coli does not permeate the interior of… Read More »

Quilting

One of the things I enjoy when I have the time is designing and making quilts. This post shows all my quilting projects, starting with my most recent projects and going down to my first. Sadly it’s been a long time since I’ve had any time for this…

My Obsessive Film List

Those who know me know that I tend to be, well, a bit obsessive. One of the many ways I revealed this, back before I put a stop to it for my own peace of mind, was my obsessive list of all the films I saw from 1998  through 2009. During this time I kept a list of every film… Read More »

Supernaturalism in Art

Especially if you do not hold a religious view of the world, art that depends on magic, religion, and spirituality can sometimes lead to eye rolling. Even as an atheist living in a culture steeped in Christianity, I like to keep myself open to the value of introspection and awe. This applies to the beauty of nature, and also… Read More »

Outlook for Mac: So Close!

I spend most of my working day reading, writing, sending, and managing email — so the tool I use must be as efficient as possible. When I was on Windows, I was an Outlook power-user. I really came to hate Windows back then so switched over to Mac. I loved everything about my new Mac experience… except I missed Outlook.

Dave’s Cinnamon Apple & Sweet Potato Dessert

I was busy working at my desk on a rainy autumn afternoon when Dave came in with a lovely little white plate and said “Try this.” On a whim, he had made this sweet potato and baked apple dish. Amazing! This is a wonderful dessert to satisfy sweet cravings without any added sugar… who needs sugar when you… Read More »

Anger and Lashing Out

A client who is responsible for a too-large percentage of my income shared with me an email he sent to someone in which he blew up at the recipient with the most vile all-upper-case yelling I’ve ever seen.

Integrated Streaming Video List?

I stream all my video media: TV shows and films. I use Plex to access my ~550-title library, and I have maybe another 100+ (and growing) titles that I purchased on Amazon. But when I browse through my library of titles, they are segregated into Plex and Amazon clients. I wish I could browse a single library of… Read More »