A Plantain is Not the Same Thing as a Banana: Merging Family Menus

by N. M. Cedeno My husband got lucky in food when he married me. He didn’t have to adapt to a foreign flavor palette the way I did. When people create a new joint household, whether they like it or not, the foods they eat regularly will change depending on each family member’s culinary history. … Continue reading A Plantain is Not the Same Thing as a Banana: Merging Family Menus


Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’ by Cher’ley

   This Blog  by Cher'ley Grogg Food is an important part of our lives and we all have favorite recipes we have been raised with. There were 5 kids and two adults in our family and often we children would bring in visitors and Mom would always say, “Stay to eat. We’ll throw another potato in … Continue reading Hey Good Lookin’, Whatcha Got Cookin’ by Cher’ley

A Meal Worth Waiting For

By Stephanie Stamm One of my friends, along with two of her sisters and her daughter, took a tamale-making class in Santa Fe earlier this year. This past weekend at my friend’s cottage, she and her daughter, with help from those of us who were visiting, treated us to what they learned. I’ve known for … Continue reading A Meal Worth Waiting For

Avocados of Discontent

By Stephanie Stamm Last week I heard a story on the radio about avocados and how we might have a shortage because of the drought in California. Apparently, it takes 50 gallons of water to produce a single avocado. California and Mexico are the top producers of the avocados sold in the US. Listening to … Continue reading Avocados of Discontent

Not worth the salt!

This post is by Nancy Jardine Who would have thought it! Salt isn’t all that good for me. When I was born, way back in history (i.e. the early 1950s) nobody told me that I shouldn’t eat too much salt. They didn’t tell my mother, either, so salt was added in cooking to make what … Continue reading Not worth the salt!

Black Friday

This post by L.Leander, Author of Fearless Fiction Black Friday. We begin to hear the never-ending commercials for the event in October and November.   Somehow Thanksgiving gets shoved aside as people eagerly anticipate the biggest shopping day of the year. I am not a fan, and here’s why. You can read more about Black … Continue reading Black Friday

What’s Cooking?

This post by Jennifer Flaten I signed the kids up for summer school. When I went to school summer school was akin to a stretch in the big house. Your parents threatened you with it, if you didn’t get your grades up and if you did end up in it, you spent the entire time … Continue reading What’s Cooking?

I Swear It’s Only Mint by Erin Farwell

Each spring I get in touch with my inner farm girl that manifests in the desire to grow crops in the warm, fertile soil. My efforts are hampered by a yard that has almost full shade, little knowledge of what I am doing, and a thumb that is more brown than green. These facts don’t … Continue reading I Swear It’s Only Mint by Erin Farwell

Adventures in Cooking and Writing by Stephanie Stamm

A few weeks ago I decided to try my hand at making ciabatta. I like to cook, and I’ve made bread before, but I’d never tried making this light, airy Italian bread. Normally, I just buy it from a favorite local bakery (which, I’m happy to say, recently reopened after a fire two years ago … Continue reading Adventures in Cooking and Writing by Stephanie Stamm

Peep, Peep

This post by Jennifer Flaten Spring is on the way. You know how I know? It’s because the birds are singing, the sun is shining and Peeps have appeared on the store shelves. Okay, so maybe in a quest to feed our need for sugary marshmallow treats, Peeps aren’t limited to just Easter anymore. There … Continue reading Peep, Peep