My Empty Nest

Two years ago, as I sat in a weepy funk after dropping my middle child off for his freshman year of college, my husband asked me, “Why the tears?  Are you worried, sad, or just feeling an overall melancholy?” I said, “a bit of all 3”, but mostly it was the general sadness that comes with the mothering job, and more specifically, the feeling that it’s over. Continue reading

What I love about Moms

Last month was very exciting…

On the business front, Jane and I secured two new wholesale accounts, one here in the Midwest (Sunset Foods), and a natural food chain in Oregon called Market of Choice. We also won a coveted sofi Award for our Sichuan Spice Blend, pitched four additional meal kit concepts to Peapod, supported Autism Awareness Month, and and were asked to do a cooking segment on WGN (Channel 9 in Chicago). Continue reading

Sichuan Spice Blend Debuts!

Our eldest child, Phil, is a passionate adventurer.  He fell in love with Asia in his teens.  Two years ago, he ventured back to China to study and live there for eight months.  To visit Phil, and also wanting to better understand this part of the world, Steve and I had our own adventure traveling the countryside on a three-week tour of this beautiful part of the world. Continue reading

Anise Pork Tenderloin with Mango Mojo

The final recipe in our series of adaptations from The Bread and Buddha blog features pork tenderloin with a fennel and black pepper crust.P1000509-1 Continue reading

So Simple Greek Chicken & Giveaway

Fun and unexpected – a summary of last weekend’s camping at Devil’s Lake, WI. The IMG_20150718_170707750unexpected came in the form of Saturday night dinner of spear fished bass straight from the lake. We also hadn’t bargained for Timber Rattlesnake sightings either. The boys filleted the fish while sitting at a picnic table in the lake, a far cry from the daily grind back in Chicago. Continue reading