The Super Duper Pooper Scooper…Makes White Bean and Kale Soup

“I feel like a…like a…sh@$ shoveler. I can’t help it and I know I’m like a broken record whining and moaning about this every year at this time. But I do. Every year there’s this grand celebration about gifts and giving but once it’s over and everyone has moved on to the next “big thing” […]

A Year of Looking for Light…..Through a Lens

“Can you believe it? I’m almost done,” I exclaimed to my off-spring a few days ago. “Done with what?” asked the 11-year old. “My Project 365. You know…where I’ve been taking a photo and posting it everyday this entire year? I only have two days left.””What do you get for that when you’re done? A […]

A Little Minestrone, A Little AM Northwest and A Lot of Calendars

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who purchased a 2011 La Pomme de Portland calendar. They have completely sold out. I am overwhelmed by your generosity. I am touched…truly. As my 5-year old would say, “I’m not jus’ sayin’ that. It’s for true!” Once the dust settles, I believe we’ll be […]

Would You Be So Kind….

….as to allow me to clear things up. As you are probably well aware, I have a tendency to be long-winded. And, my lengthy announcement of the sale of my calendars was no exception. However, even though I may be a tad bit wordy, I go to extreme measures to check and double check and […]

2011 La Pomme de Portland Calendar

I am thrilled to say that I am officially taking orders for my 2011 La Pomme de Portland Calendar which I have talked about before here.These are the perfect little gift for yourself, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers….I am running the sales through my virtual store on Esty where I have listed all pertinent details […]

Some Exciting News to Share…..

I am so excited to give you all a sneak preview of a project I’ve been working on with my über-talented graphic design sister. We have put together a 2011 La Pomme de Portland Calendar. Each month features one of my food photos, many of them highlighting what is in season for that time of […]

And the Proud New Owner…..

…of a brand new Ball Canning Discovery Kit, as determined by my 5-year old pulling out one name from all the names of you kind people who left a comment on the Zesty Salsa post by end-of-day Friday, October 15th, is…”Drumroll, please!””Jill”!!!Dear Jill, please email me at carrieminns (at) me (dot) com. Your sweet comment […]

I Forgot to Mention…..

Many of you may know that I spent my morning down at the AM Northwest studios, whippin’ up Cowboy Caviar. That dip is always a hit and it didn’t fail me today. The crew at KATU was gobbling it up. What I realized after the segment was over…of course…was what I had failed to mention.Let […]

Une Petite Pomme: Primetime Wrap-Up

Well, I somehow made it to the KATU studios yesterday morning through the torrential rain and a morning bleakness that would suggest mid-winter not end of May…on-time. (Yes, I know. Big accomplishment for me.) Could there be any more main thoroughfares under construction in our fair city? Gads….I am so appreciative that the kind AM […]

Une Petite Pomme: Potatoes and Green Beans for Primetime

This post goes out to all of you kind, generous souls humoring me by requesting prior knowledge of my next AM Northwest Primetime appearance. Well, I’m here to tell you that I will be on tomorrow, May 26, at their 7:00 pm time slot on: Channel 2.2, if you don’t have cable, or Comcast Channel […]

Une Petite Pomme: My 7 Minutes of Fame….Sort Of….

Thanks to a dear, sweet friend from high school and a thoughtful producer at AM Northwest who took pity on me kindly invited me to be a guest on the show, La Pomme made her television debut last night cooking up “Peas and Pancetta in a Flash.” For those of you who are not from Portland, here […]

Scones and Jammies. Jammies and Scones.

Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for […]

Une Petite Pomme: Ninth Street Espresso

I recently read an article in the New York Times regarding the availability of exquisite coffee in the city of her namesake. The article went on to say that New York City has lagged behind for years in the quality of coffee one can find within her city walls. Lagged behind places like Stumptown Coffee […]

Une Petite Pomme: Blog It Forward Mashup

Why, hello there dear friends….enjoying your Saturday morning? I felt compelled, this morning, to let you know of a rather epic (?) blogging event happening out in the blogosphere. The sweet and ever-so-talented Victoria Smith of the extremely popular and always inspiring design blog, sfgirlbybay, has organized a chain letter of inspiration, so to say, […]

Sometimes All You Need is ‘Jambon et Fromage’

Yes, I heard what the weatherman…uh…weatherperson said. That we have sun on the way but I can hardly believe it. All I am seeing are those gray, oppressive clouds that render me sleepy, sleepy, sleepy. I know what I said back here about winter being peaceful and restorative but I think I must have been […]

“End-of-the-Season” Tomato Tart

When my mother-in-law emailed to say that she was coming to visit us for a week this August, I…rejoiced. Contrary to the negative connotation that the words “mother-in-law” usually elicit, I have the good fortune of being married to a man whose mother is simply, lovely. When she comes to town, we drink …