Category Archives: Just for Fun

5 Reasons Real Life Should Be Like a Dude Ranch

5 Reasons Real Life Should Be Like a Dude Ranch
This has been a time of great transition for our family.  We have gone from the hectic schedule of a busy school year to the relative ease of summer, jobs are in transition, and our son has returned home.  We were sorely in need of a family vacation...and while most people consider a trip to the lake or beach to be an ideal destination, we had something else in mind.  We yearned for something adventurous, but also easy.  I didn't want to worry about making meals (or even a week's worth of dinner...

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Food Network is Looking for Kid Chefs - Casting ...

Food Network is Looking for Kid Chefs – Casting Now
If your child dreams of being on the Food Network, now is their chance!  The show Rachael vs. Guy is casting now for their second season and is looking for 8-13 year olds who have mad skills in the kitchen.  For more information, please visit their website Rachael vs. Guy.
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Real Food for Performance Athletes (Dog Sledding...

Real Food for Performance Athletes (Dog Sledding)
Regardless of your species, performance athletes require amazing REAL food to sustain their energy.  On our winter vacation to Montana, our family had an adventure of a lifetime - we went dog sledding outside of Whitefish.  The dogs were amazing athletes and ate an incredible diet. Dog Sled Adventures was an awesome operation, filled with 121 dogs (plus lots of barking and loads of yellow snow.)  The animals are very well cared for, getting lots of attention from the staff and all of the...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
Our family couldn't have finished 2011 on a better note. [caption id="attachment_5329" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Family trip to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: our family, a marine iguana, baby sea lion and swallowtail gull"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5330" align="aligncenter" width="645" caption="Me with a sea lion, a red footed booby, a waved albatros and a Sally Lightfoot crab"][/caption] Happy new year to you and your family. May it bring you delicious food, wonderful...

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Trying our Zoku for the First Time: Pudding Pops...

Trying our Zoku for the First Time: Pudding Pops
My mom loves to surprise us with fun gifts for our family kitchen.  And as much as we love to receive these gifts, I think it thrills her equally to hear about our adventures in the kitchen using them together.  So, today's post is dedicated to her.  Thanks, mama, for our new Zoku! As I was browsing through the pages of my recent issue of Cooking Light magazine, this pudding pop recipe caught my eye.  I thought it would be perfect to try in our new gizmo - and yowza - it was awesome! [caption...

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Post Conference Depression Syndrome

Post Conference Depression Syndrome
I spent the past week in Austin, Texas, for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Conference.  And now that I am home, I believe I have officially recognized a new disorder.  It is called Post Conference Depression Syndrome (aka PCDS). I attended the conference as a form of Professional Development, to learn more about the culinary industry... [caption id="attachment_4948" align="aligncenter" width="614" caption="Texas Barbecue at Boggy Creek Farm"][/caption] To...

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DooF-A-Palooza: Bay Area Family Food Festival

DooF-A-Palooza: Bay Area Family Food Festival
[caption id="attachment_4439" align="aligncenter" width="299" caption="Playing with Food"][/caption] Experience DooF-a-Palooza! on Sunday, May 22, 2011, from 10AM-5PM, a free, play-with-your-food festival for children of all ages, at beautiful Jack London Square. Like the wildly successful prior two festivals held at Google Headquarters, DooF-a-Palooza, a food-backwards, table-to-source, food educational experience includes contests, live animals, rides, games, entertainment and fun hands-on...

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Virtual Baby Shower (& Hamentashen Recipe)

Virtual Baby Shower (& Hamentashen Recipe)
There are just some days that I feel very lucky.  I am sure you can relate.  Today, I feel like that - I get to show my love for my special friend Amanda, who is going to have a baby.  The big bummer is that I can't congratulate her in person because she lives on the other side of the country.  That's okay. I am resourceful - some friends and I have decided that we can show our love for her by hosting a virtual baby shower! Because Amanda is a baker extraordinaire, my kids and I decided we'd...

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How NOT To Give a Cookbook As A Gift (and cake!)...

How NOT To Give a Cookbook As A Gift (and cake!)
I know that the holidays are over, and you probably don't have to think about giving anyone a gift for awhile. But after receiving what was quite possibly the most unsuitable-for-me-cookbook, I have a few thoughts on the idea of appropriate gift-giving. Know something about the person you are giving a gift to. If you like the person, try to learn something about her interests or recent experiences.  For example, if the person recently had gastric bypass surgery, you probably don't want to buy...

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Back from Vacation (+ food quotes to make you la...

Back from Vacation (+ food quotes to make you laugh!)
Ahhh, there's nothing like getting away from the daily grind for a little while.  We just returned from a family trip with lots of relatives, and for the first time, I don't need a vacation from my vacation.  Nice. We stayed at a low key resort, where all of our meals were included.  (There's more on that, later.)  But in the meantime, I thought I'd warm up my blogging fingers with a few quotes that I overheard that made me chuckle. Some are from parents to their children or the chefs, and...

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