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I was a picky eater as a kid. Ask my mom – she has proof via home videos! I’m surprised I have the palate I do after surviving solely on macaroni and cheese and hotdogs for so many years.

Downtown Phoenix has a great outdoor market on Wednesdays that I often go to and last week there were fresh Brussels sprouts. I couldn’t remember if I had ever tried them before, but they looked too good to pass up.

I bought a bagful to take home, not sure really what to do with them. I asked around at work and looked online for suggestions. I decided to wing it only to discover I actually really like this little cabbage-like veggie.

Here’s how I cooked ’em:

  • Cut the stems off and halve the sprouts.
  • Remove any yellow/discolored leaves.
  • Coarsely chop 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic.
  • Heat a little bit of olive oil & butter in a small skillet/pan
    (I used probably 1/2 tablespoon of each).
  • Add the sprouts, cover and let steam/cook 10 minutes or until tender.
  • Add salt and pepper & serve warm!


Grandma’s citrus


posted by on grandma, grapefruit, juice, Phoenix

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Living in Phoenix means seeing my grandmother whenever I want! The community she lives in has a lot of citrus trees & a small orchard. It’s an amazing advantage to have living here in Arizona! She makes juice using a mix of Arizona Sweet, tangelos and navel oranges with a splash of grapefruit. Too good to put into words!


Banana Muffins


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For some reason I always end up with a plethora of bananas in my house. I can never get to them quick enough before they start to go “bad” which leads me to dig through my recipe book, searching for a way to not let them go to waste.

I found several recipes I had quickly written on different pieces of paper and one of them happened to be for banana muffins. I remember trying to bake these once before while I lived in Denver. I never took the time to figure out the high altitude conversion for these, but I will say, this morning they turned out beautifully. (Chalk one up for Phoenix!)

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By now you’ve probably heard Paula Deen’s “shocking” news. She was diagnosed three years ago with Type II diabetes. I’ve read several articles today but found that Mary Elizabeth Williams from serves it up best. What do you think?

photo credit: bunchofpants via flickr

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I have gotten a lot of comments about my Icelandic pancake post and I wanted to attach an update as far as the recipe/ingredients go.

My boyfriend’s mom and I talked this evening and she gave me the recipe she has used over the years. The ingredients list is more simple than the one that came with the Icelandic pancake pan I was given. I have yet to try her recipe, but I wanted to share it with you all!

Ingredients List:

3 eggs
3 Tbs. sugar
1½ cups flour
2 cups milk (+more)
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. vanilla
3 Tbs. melted butter

Follow the directions as shown in my original blog but use these ingredients instead.

posted by on cooking, Iceland, Phoenix, travel


For the past few years I’ve been watching the boyfriend’s mom and sister make Icelandic pancakes – usually during the holidays or special family gatherings. A couple years ago I got my very own Icelandic pancake pan as a gift. I’ll admit, watching them cook these thin crepe-like wonders was intimidating and I kept the pan in the bottom drawer of my very out dated oven until we moved to Phoenix.

On our last night in Boston we were all hanging out and the boyfriend’s mother offered to make Icelandic pancakes (no one has ever turned this offer down that I know of).

stack of Icelandic pancakes

So, we drank wine, talked and made Icelandic pancakes. Here’s the recipe I use:

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Fresh Squeezed!


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Fresh squeezed juice from our white grapefruit tree

Since we arrived in Phoenix in August, I have been patiently waiting  for the grapefruit tree we share with our wonderful neighbor downstairs to be ready. Within the last couple of days we have picked several white grapefruits from the tree and found they make some amazing juice! I am huge fan of tart ruby reds, but these white grapefruit have a great mild, sweet flavor.

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