Month: October 2008

Pumpkin carving . . . heard this through the pumpkin vine

The cookery is ramping it up to carve pumpkins this week.  If you need a little practice before you carve your own, refresh your design skills. Put this pumpkin in your patch: http://www.cubpack81.com/images/carve_pumpkin.swf Halloween hats off to everyone’s Aunt Sally for sharing the link and a Cub Scout salute to Cub Pack 81 for hosting …

Pumpkin carving . . . heard this through the pumpkin vine Read More »

Covert operations: tortilla dip layers revealed

Layered dip fits in comfortably at casual parties. We shared this variation Friday evening at the Pumpkin Potluck Party. Layered Tortilla Dip Here’s what you’ll need: 12-16 ounces refried beans 1 cup diced tomatoes 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 avocado, diced 1 sweet red pepper, chopped 3 scallions, finely chopped 16 ounces light sour cream …

Covert operations: tortilla dip layers revealed Read More »

Mama’s recipe — roasted pumpkin seeds

This easy process to prepare roasted pumpkin seeds may sound like mama’s recipe.  It hasn’t changed much since we hosted our first pumpkin carving party years ago in the California cookery.  If you’re gearing up for your own pumpkin party, collect the seeds and roast them while your guests are creating carved masterpieces. Once pumpkin carving …

Mama’s recipe — roasted pumpkin seeds Read More »

Food writing with Monica Bhide

Food writers and food writers in the making: take a break from your recipes and browse Monica Bhide’s site. http://mbhide.typepad.com/my_weblog/ An established food writer and cookbook author who eats locally but cooks globally, Monica is challenging readers to pay it forward. She’ll be giving away a food writing class and a food writing phone consultation.  So …

Food writing with Monica Bhide Read More »

Bookmark the Foodie BlogRoll

The Foodie BlogRoll continues to roll with inspiration and energy.  With a small bow to The Leftover Queen and The Foodie Blogroll, here’s a note of appreciation for this diverse collection of food blogs. Check out the site’s 5 Random Blogs. If you’re looking for ideas, answers, menus and more, this well of foodie resources serves it up on …

Bookmark the Foodie BlogRoll Read More »

Nibble on these crumbs

Guess who’s listening?  This time, it was me.  Overheard at the youth league baseball park (where I’m earning a VIP pass in the bleacher seats), a couple of parents–undoubtedly the primary food managers for their families–moaned over struggles to keep the pantry stocked with worthy food. When I heard that they were running to the store every day for …

Nibble on these crumbs Read More »

Ready, Set, Scout

My youngest son, a new Cub Scout, is working on the Bobcat Trail. This week, our Cubs are reviewing a unit on food and healthy choices. With a school holiday yesterday, the boys packed a picnic lunch and we ate outdoors on a blanket. The picnic basket (otherwise known as a small insulated cooler) included fruit, vegetables, grains, dairy, protein–and …

Ready, Set, Scout Read More »

A walk through the garden

Curry Plant Thanks to a class field trip, this week’s exploration in Austin took me to John Dromgoole’s Natural Gardener. The students loved learning about organic gardening. A walk through the herb garden will even calm a lively group of third graders. At 8648 Old Bee Caves Road, this organic gardening headquarters turns a visit into …

A walk through the garden Read More »