The Revealing, Secret Diaries of a Not-So-Secret Foodie

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Cayenne

In Essay, Faith, Food, Gab, Photos, Recipe on June 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm

La Bamba Casserole with Sides of Brown Rice & Organic Spring Scallions

I knew sending my child to Kindergarten would be an exciting adventure for him.  I anticipated that he would learn lots of new things, meet many new faces and more importantly begin to navigate his way in the world without me.   But the big surprise for me, I do have to admit, is that I entirely underestimated all the new things that I would learn and experience his first year of school.    Not only about being a mom, but about letting go.

During the hustle and bustle of trying to get him to school before the bell rang those first few weeks with a newborn and three-year old in tow, I found myself feeling very frazzled.  What an accomplishment it was just to get out the door each day.  Actually getting there was an entirely different and monumental task to hurdle.  I swear on the short walks to school that year, I spent more time chasing my three-year old than I care to remember.  For some reason he had acquired a fascination for following random birds with no regard for where I was, or where I needed to be.  Let’s just say that getting his older brother to school on time was not high on his priority list.   He’d been like that since day one, always following the beat of his own drum, and I would not have him be any other way; except maybe when we had somewhere we needed to be ; ).   -Continue>

Noodles

In Essay, Faith, Food, Gab, Photos, Recipe on June 18, 2011 at 8:54 am

Merle's Chinese Chicken Salad in Red Cabbage Leaf Bowl with Fortune Cookie

Ramen Noodles; those super long noodles I first discovered in college.  The cheap and tasty meal in a package that was my go to dinner in a “hot pot” when the spending money, meant to last all month, was nearly gone after less than a week.  Some might consider them a salty lesson in budgeting, but for the foodie, more likely an inspiration.  When left to a lively imagination, they are quickly transformed into a secret ingredient stowed away in the next Chopped Champion’s wicker basket, awaiting their successful incorporation into a winning appetizer, entrée or dessert.

When deciding which recipe to post next, it occurred to me those very same noodles had a front row seat at some very joyful events in my life.  That’s because they are actually incorporated into a salad that has become a family food tradition when women in my family shower a Bride-to-Be or a new Mom-in-Waiting with joyful, new beginning wishes.  For me, this blog is in part about, JOY.  So posting this recipe is a “joyful” must.  Plus, it is a recipe that my sister, on more than one occasion, specifically requested for her “keeper box”.  So in here, it will be.  Read the rest of this entry »