The Post I Didn’t Want to Write

Chicken Noodle Soup by Carrie Minns

Yes, it’s been awhile and I have missed being here in this corner of the web chatting with you. Much has gone on in my life these past few months—more than is pertinent for one blog post—but suffice it to say, life has been a little nutty over here. And because of the nuttiness, I […]

Preparing the Soil of Your Life

Nourish the Soil of Your Life

Happy First Day of July, my friend! Every summer I plant a small vegetable garden. Some years I go all out and plant a variety of herbs, vegetables and a row of strawberries. Other years I simply plant some lettuce and a couple tomato plants. Last summer, I did not plant anything. Life was too […]

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 […]

Garlic Shrimp with Spaghetti…An Easy Dish Yet a Privilege to Prepare


As we slowly pulled into the lot the first thing I noticed was the police car. It could have been a coincidence. Just a routine drive through the neighborhood most likely but my heart sank a bit as I thought to myself, “Please keep them safe. Please let them be treated kindly.”We climbed the open, […]

Baked Minestrone to Evoke Memories Long Since Passed


I had been forewarned about the hairpin turns but what I hadn’t been prepared for was the splendor of the canyon ablaze in reds and golds. The tiniest of the three of us had somehow managed to wedge herself in the “back” as we headed south in the cherry red sports car. The beauty of […]

AM Northwest is in MY Kitchin’ and We’re Making "Soup on Monday"


When the kind, sweet people at AM Northwest asked if they could film a cooking segment in my kitchen, my first thought was, “Oh no, now I really am going to have to clean out that pantry.” There’s not much you can’t find in my pantry. I like to keep my kitchen well-stocked with staples. […]

Shrimp Fresco for Just the 5 of Us


As they circled back round past our home once again, we waved and hollered “good bye” and “drive safely” to them with all the fanfare as the first time. I watched as my 10-year old darted through beach grass and hopped over rocks trying to make it to the next driveway before they did. Trying […]

A Marinara Sauce to Lighten a Heavy Mind


I sent my 10-year old off for Outdoor School this morning in the pouring down rain and deafening hail with a few tears and a little bundle of cookies. His apprehension was breaking my heart. My ever-so-cool and sporty guy is always very reserved about showing his true feelings. I could tell he was a […]

Une Petite Pomme: The First Ever La Pomme de Portland Dinner Party


I simply must tell you about one of my dear, dear friends and an entertaining endeavor she took on. She recently had a dinner party. For three families. Including all offspring. Before I go any farther into her story, let me stop and ask you, “Aren’t you impressed with just these details I’ve given you?!” […]

Pasta e Fagioli Soup for a Tired Mind


It’s only Monday and yet, I woke up exhausted. The kind of exhausted that hits you to the core. I thought, “Gads…I need a weekend to recover from the weekend.” Somehow I managed to drag myself downstairs and throw lunches together for my children. The standard fare…peanut butter and jelly, grapes, a couple of cookies, […]

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 […]

Sauntering Through the Market with a Basket of Rapini, Potatoes and Chives


As usual, I was running late. Nothing new there but my tardiness was extra awkward (even for me) considering that I was trying to slip, unnoticed, into a pew in the hushed room of The Old Church for the monthly Willamette Writers meeting. This month’s speaker had already begun her talk as I tried to […]

Slowing It Down with a Simmering Ragù


We laid out the napkins. The cheese sticks. The apple slices. Just he and I. Me and my littlest one. He contentedly set out a cup at each place and while in motion, said to me, “I like setting up snack.” And, then turning and looking at me directly, adds, “With you.” Later, when it […]

Pasta from the Freezer, the Pantry, the Fridge


Gone are the days of frenetic food buying. You know the kind. The kind where you walk, briskly, into your favorite grocery store, dutifully carrying your list. The list you made after actually taking the time to plan meals for the week. Just the week. Not something crazy like a month of meals but still, […]

Peas and Pancetta in a Flash


So, it had been one of those weeks. You know the kind. The kind where the baby, trying to make use of his limited vocabulary, hollers at his older brother in peak frustration, “Just…just…just go put your head in the potty!” and then storms out of the room, leaving the 10-year old to shrug …