What I used to say about us

This is my little spot on the internet to post thoughts, rants, pictures, and food.  We’ll see how far I get with it, before the reality of life interferes with posting.

Living in San Diego, we have sunshine, sunshine, more sunshine, and sometimes clouds and this thing they call rain.  We’re spoiled.  We drive half a day to get to the snow and avoid the beaches because they’re all full of people who don’t live here.  We clear stores out of air conditioning units when we have a 4-day heat wave (seriously, this happened last year).  We have farmer’s markets year-round (rain or shine!) and most of our malls are open-air (which doesn’t cut it when you want an air-conditioned refuge).  We walk, bike, hike, kayak, and drive.  We eat and we cook.  We have some really great restaurants out here, from cheap and fast to spendy and leisurely.  I’ve heard complaints that our dining scene doesn’t come close to LA or SF or NY.  Know what?  I don’t care – living here is great and the food is fine to me.  I don’t want a city full of $200 meals.  I want to know that I can eat great for $10 and if I have $100 to splurge, that will be money well spent, too.

Personally?  I prefer being in the kitchen cooking.  It’s the cleaning I’m not fond of.

At any given time, if I’m in the kitchen, you can bet my pups aren’t too far away: Lexi, Cassie, and Sadie.  Three dogs.  In the kitchen.  Because if a person’s in the kitchen, food falling to the floor could happen at any given moment.  No dog in their right mind would pass that up.

There’s also a couple of cats in the house, but they don’t do much except lie around and look pretty.

And, of course, there’s T.  That stands for The Best.  Because he really is – the best boyfriend, the best dog-fur-tolerater, the best guy, the best dishwasher, the best make-sure-I’m-fed-so-I-don’t-get-cranky, the best of everything all rolled into one.

I also do some recipe testing for Leite’s Culinaria, subjecting anyone around to eating said test results.  It’s pretty interesting, as the site is full of recipes pulled from restaurants and good cookbooks.  The best part about the site is that every recipe on it has been tested to make sure it works as written, is easy to follow, and comes out with a tasty dish.  If a recipe gets complaints, it gets retested and reevaluated.  If I’m looking for a recipe for a dish, this is where I go first because I know I can trust what I find.  My next resource is Cook’s Illustrated.  Unless I’m looking for a recipe I grew up with.  In that case, only mom’s files will do.

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