Cooking is fun. Eating is funner. I cook, photograph and write these recipes.
Everything I post on this blog I make from scratch using fresh wholesome ingredients.. I've been cooking since I was a little kid.

My recipes are based on trial and error, along with studying cookbooks, family recipes, blogs and cooking shows.

Some of the veggies and herbs I use are grown in my garden. Yay sustainability!
I'm working on making my yard into an edible landscape. It's really fun to go out in the garden and pick your veggies for dinner!
I'm helping as many people as I can to plant edible gardens in their yards too. It's hard work but it's really fun!



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    Home Grown Spices

    If you grew fennel or celery in your garden this summer, your plants are most likely flowering just about now. If you let them set seed, you’ll have organic celery seed and fennel seeds to cook with all winter long. I like to grind up some of the celery seed with kosher salt to make my own home made celery salt. I use it in soups, stews, salsa, just about everything savory, not just on Chicago dogs.

    I harvested these seeds into a bowl, then rinsed them and strained them through a colander, lined with a coffee filter. Then I spread them on a cookie sheet to dry. They take a few days to a week to dry, depending on how dry it is where you live. Dry thoroughly before putting them in spice jars. I also like to put the jars in the freezer for a day or two to kill any tiny insect eggs that might have made it past the wash phase.


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