What’s In the Cart: Vol. Noidea

Howdy friends, Another edition of grocery store adventures. I love peeping at others’ groceries so I keep on with these posts. Any interest in a “Day of Meals” post? Spoiler alert: they usually involve wine. On to the groceries! Last week, I did all my grocery shopping at the always-lovely, Trader Joe’s. Folks complain that…

Feeding Hope with the Ronald McDonald House

I had the opportunity to attend an event at the Ronald McDonald House last week. If you’re not familiar, The Cincinnati Ronald McDonald House allows families to stay on-site (next to Cincinnati Children’s hospital) while their critically-ill child receives care. My introduction to the House came about rather personally. Two summers ago, I got a…

Good Bites Lately

It’s been a while since I’ve assaulted your senses with some of the good meals I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. Let’s fix that immediately. Prepare to drool. Salmon BLT from my beloved Green Dog Cafe. I want to snatch this off the screen and shove it in my face for breakfast. #shesalady Oh hello…

Apple, Oats & Caramel Smoothie

I woke up this morning with an intense smoothie craving. Most likely it’s due to the  70 degree weather we’ve had the last couple of days. I had randomly purchased a few individual Greek yogurts from Kroger, including an Apple & Oats one.  Now, I’m rawther particular about flavored yogurt. I hate fruit on the bottom yogurt,  I…

Za’taar Spiced, Roasted Garlic, Cheese & Onion Pizza

Greetings from Pizzaland (aka my house)! I love making pizza. But since I hate that gd pizza stone, I still like making pizzas on my little baking sheet, old-school style. This recipe was born out of my love of za’taar. If you’re not familiar, za’taar is common Middle Eastern spice. It is a blend of oregano, thyme, sumac,…

In The Cart: March Finds

Another day, another trip to the grocery store. This week’s bounty is from Fresh Thyme. I love that they have great produce prices, bulk bins and lots of interesting specialty items. Let’s dig in! PRODUCE:  Spinach, Clementines, Romaine Lettuce, Radishes, Cauliflower, Grapefruit, Tomatoes, Red onion, Celery, Garlic, Yellow Onions, Broccoli & Mushrooms. PROTEINS: Lox, Tempeh,…

Numi Savory Tea

Savory tea is a thing. I KNOW. It’s weird and amazing. In the winter, I like to drink warm beverages all day. Coffee, Hot water with lemon and broth. I like drinking broth between meals; it’s warm and filling, a little snack. But I worried that I was drinking a salt pile every time I…

White Chicken Not-Chili

Oh Chili. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that there are very few foods I won’t eat. One of those foods is chili. Yes, beloved American classic chili is my nemesis. Imagine my horror upon moving to Cincinnati to discover that one of our regional specialities is CHILI…

Findlay Market Finds: February Edition

Farmers’ Markets are for lovers, amiright? Who knows what nonsense I’m saying other than I love a farmers’ market and I love Findlay Market. By shopping the local vegetable stalls, meat vendors and my favorite Saigon Market, I scored lots of produce and other fun things for a mere $40. SHOP LOCAL DAMNIT. Farm fresh…

Olive, Orange and Fennel Winter Salad

Several weeks ago, my two close friends and I decided to get together for a ladies’ only lunch. Rather than go out, we opted to stay in so that we could have my friend’s 10 month old son join us and we could be as loud as we wanted. Not interrupting strangers’ meals with guffaws…

Chicken, Mushroom & Fennel Soup

I’m sorry for the nonstop soup recipes. Really, I am. But when the weather is grey and cold, I’m ALL SOUP ALL THE TIME. I was browsing at Findlay Market one freezing cold Saturday and spied the beautiful homemade chicken sausage from Kroeger & Sons.  I snatched up two Chicken Shiitake Sausages and scurried back…

In the Cart: January Style

Oh haaay! I started this post, well, in January, and then life got in the way of me hitting Publish. But I love this corner of the interwebs that I call mine so I shall continue to randomly assault you with photos of groceries, recipes and pics of random restaurant food even if they’re from…