Why Tacos on Tuesday are a Necessity (Even if it’s Not Tuesday)

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The minute my head snuggles down into my pillow each night, I am out. Practically unconscious. There are times when my hubs is watching SportsCenter on the TV, my kids and the dog are hanging out on my bed, and there I lay sound asleep with my eye shades on and my earplugs in. Most […]

Lessons on Laser Focus from Thai Chicken and Rice

Thai Chicken with Coconut Rice

I remember typing up my first professional resume at the wise old age of 22. Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story with his Red Rider BB gun essay, I knew that my business catch phrases and the listing of my shiny new college degree would wow any prospective employer. And nothing made my heart sing […]

Reflecting on the Summer of Chimichurri

Tri-Tip Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce

I have tangible files of travel ideas. I have virtual files of travel ideas. Ideas for weekend excursions, best hikes, best camping, bike tours, Napa Valley wine tours, Yamhill County wine tours, Five Perfect Days in Paris, 72 Hours in Carmel, New York City with Kids, and on and on and on. When summer hits, […]

Sometimes Mothers are So Misunderstood

As an elementary school girl, I had a fetish for the paper fortune teller game. Remember the one that was folded like origami and involved numbers, favorite colors, and ended with predictions on which boy you would marry? Or, what you would be when you grew up? Or, horrors, how you would die? I can […]

When the World Feels Uncertain

Fennel and Watercress Salad with Citrus Dressing

Sometimes when the world around me feels frightening and uncertain, I want to gather up my chickens and my hubby and pile us all on a great big cozy bed. And I want to eat ice cream and watch movies and snuggle with my children – without them knowing that we’re snuggling.  And when the […]

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos to Kick-off a New Eating Mindset

Spicy Pulled Pork Tacos

As if it were yesterday, I can recall the first clue that something wasn’t quite copacetic with my middle guy. At his first Birthday, he cried when we gave him his first piece of Birthday cake. Not the cry that says I don’t want frosting on my face, but one that says I don’t want […]

Carrie Goes Undercover with Roasted Squash Soup

Roasted Squash Soup

I’m not gonna lie. Squash tends to be “chick food” in our house along with her sisters risotto, quiche, and salads containing nuts, avocados and crumbled Gorgonzola. The green stuff…broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts…I can get the male members of this family to eat but, unless it’s in a pumpkin pie, they turn their noses up […]

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, Anyone? Anyone?

My summer office is closed up. I made it through the first full week of kids back in school coupled with their activities. And this past weekend, I was beat. So very, very tired. Before the weekend even started I let my daughter know, “I will only ‘drop you off and pick you up’ one […]

The Bonne Femme Cookbook – A Gift for One of You

    I have a book fetish. I am never without a book that I’m reading. I keep books stacked on, under, and around my nightstand. On every shelf and corner of my office. Stuffed in closets, armoires, drawers. Piled in the kitchen next to the phone. Downloaded by the dozen on my Kindle. In […]

Don’t Know Much but I Do Know that Mushrooms and Asparagus Together are Delightful

  For a few years now, I have been attending various food blogging conferences. I usually return home brimming with inspiration and loaded down with lots of free Scharffen Berger chocolate. A week or so ago, I attended my third BlogHerFood conference up in Seattle. There wasn’t any free chocolate (Scharffen Berger wasn’t a sponsor […]

A Few Thoughts on Food Followed by Chicken Sausages with Tomatoes and Shallots

Sausages with tomatoes and shallots

I suppose the acronym FLOSS can be used to describe my thoughts on food. I suppose I could also be labeled as energetic and sleep-deprived, frazzled and bossy, presbyopic and middle-aged, but why…why must we label everything? I can’t think of a greater need as a human being than to eat. Okay, well, maybe drink. […]

Am I Doing it Right???

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My sixth-grader is hard on himself. When I sit down to help him with his homework, the first thing out of his mouth is, “I don’t know if I did it right.” When I start to read aloud a rough-draft essay of his, he’ll cry out, “Oh, stop reading. It’s total crap.” A few days […]

Comforting Yourself with Turkey and Bacon Meatballs

You had been told that this would happen. This ever-increasing independence. The wings starting to flap. You’d read about it in books. You’d been told, many, many times by all the people who came before you but still, for you, you weren’t quite ready. No, you’re still back in preschool when she’d cry and call […]

Ham and White Bean Soup to Stop the Ticker-Tape of My Mind

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Every night I go to bed hoping it won’t happen. I pull close the blackout shades. Cut the Rooster off of SportsCenter. Do some stretching. Some deep breathing. Slap on my eye mask. Occasionally, put in some ear plugs. All hoping it will help. Every dang morning (if you can call it morning), I am […]

Keepin’ It Real Menu Planning with Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches and Coleslaw

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

You may have noticed that I haven’t been publishing posts here on La Pomme as regularly as I have in the past. I have to be honest that I have been a wee bit overwhelmed lately.  Overwhelmed by having three kids in three different schools. Overwhelmed by their activity schedules. Overwhelmed by my own writing […]

Barbecuing up Garlic, Lime, Cilantro Flank Steak on a Much Needed Weekend Away

A Little Steak and Chicken Pocket Pie

“Ummm, Mrs. Minns, I don’t think our camp starts until 10:30 am,” my 12-year old’s buddy says to me as I’m minutes away from dropping the two of them off at cooking camp. “Oh no, darlin’, it starts at 10am. I’m sure of it. I have it in my calendar.” It was the first week […]

Tabbouleh Salad With a Twist to Share When Words Fail

A Twist on Tabbouleh Salad

It’s true. We all have our quirks. Our less appealing bits about ourselves. Our strengths and our weaknesses. And nowhere is this magnified more than within the walls of a family. We love each other. We drive each other crazy. Our families have known us for so long, it’s hard to hide our true personality […]

Steamed Artichokes and Short-Order Cook Sauces

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  My family is nuts for artichokes. Every year I anxiously await the moment that the DeNoble Family Farms table at our Farmers Market is covered with artichokes of all sizes. And every year I enjoy hearing again and again from the head of DeNoble Family Farm how Tillamook, Oregon deserves to be the artichoke […]

Letting Go with Counter-Top Salads for Dinner

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Please read my message after the story especially my gracious email subscribers. She was three years old when she performed in her first dance recital. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and The Bunny Hop. Her little feet could be heard “tap, tap, tapping” away as she practiced for her big debut. Considering that when […]

Cherry Tomato and Asparagus Summer Salad on AM Northwest

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So, my dear friends, this week has been filled with milestones, celebrations and a few tears on the part of yours truly. One headed to high school, one to middle school and one leaving that sweet, sweet year of Kindergarten and as I’ve said before every first for my littlest one is a monumental last for me. […]

What’s In Season? Copper River Salmon

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Well, friends, it’s Salmon Season and more specifically it’s Copper River Salmon season. I’ve been in conversations where the “hype” surrounding the Copper River Salmon has been debated. Is it just a marketing ploy? Is it worth the cost?I am not a salmon expert although I grew up eating salmon the way other people grew […]

A Heartfelt Thank You, A Giveaway and Some Chili-Rubbed Pork Chops

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I pulled the car to a halt in front of the mailboxes. With half my body out the window, I hoisted the usual haul of catalogs, coupons and bills onto my lap. Methodically, I sifted through the stack on the very, off-chance that there would be something unexpected in the pile.Caught between a Pottery Barn […]

Chicken Marinara or Dinner from a Bottle and a Bag

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It’s 6:00 a.m., the radio is blaring but I’m not budging. Gone are the mornings when I gleefully arose, tiptoed downstairs through the dark house and pedaled my legs around the elliptical for a half hour like a gerbil in a habitrail while watching french films. This particular morning, I barely exert the energy to […]

A Bowl of Potato Corn Chowder and Pondering What Not to Wear

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I had known about this trip for months. Five months to be exact. Five months to pack, go to the grocery store, make carpool arrangements, buy Birthday presents. Five months to figure out why the fan on my laptop runs continuously when I use it. But here it was t-minus three days and I had yet […]

Strawberries in a Salad and Siblings Who Skip

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It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.  -Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet”Mom, it’s so embarrassing! Do you know what he does all day at school?””No, please tell me.””He skips.””Well, he’s in kindergarten.””Well, it’s embarrassing. My WHOLE class […]