Bixby, Ducks, and A Few Updates

We had a very windy week. Like batten down the hatches and tie down the ducks week. Somehow a basketball ended up in our yard. While all the neighbor kids know to come ring the doorbell if their ball goes in my backyard, this one could have come from anywhere. So I let Bixby keep it. He’ll puncture it in no time and then it will become a tug toy for Scout and him.

Everything becomes a tug toy for them. Tree branch falls? Excellent, let’s strip down to a single stick and PLAY TUG! with it. Soccer ball? Let’s deflate it and then PLAY TUG! with it. Piece of trash in the yard? PLAY TUG! This is why I buy inexpensive bath towels, tie a knot in the middle and toss them in the yard and in their indoor toy box. Instant cheap and easy to replace tug toy.

I’m watching a cooking show as I write this. I so rarely have time to watch any lately. He’s making beignets, and if I actually deep-fried anything, they look sooo easy to make. Continue reading

Happy New Year’s Eve: What’s In Store For 2020

This fascinated me – it’s all the planets (RIP Pluto) in their relative rotations all in one planet:

Big plans for 2020. I have the Winter into Spring Cookbook in the works. And a friend and I are going to incorporate my menus and recipes into a Cozy Mystery Series, set in the fictional town of Duxbridge, MA.

Stay tuned….


Cookbook News: Summer Into Fall Edition Available Now!

Order What’s 4 Dinner Solutions: Summer into Fall here!

What’s 4 Dinner Solutions actually started years before the blog, as a menu service for busy families. When it was time to move on from that, I started the blog to continue sharing recipes. But what that means is, I have in my arsenal, fifty-two weeks of menus, recipes and shopping lists.

A few years ago, a friend convinced me to turn it into a cookbook. I quickly realized it would be unmanageable as one cookbook, so I’ve created four: Summer into Fall, Fall into Winter, Winter into Spring and Spring into Summer. Continue reading

Spicy Potato Soup and an Announcement

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I made a basic Zuppa Toscana (recipe here) and spiced it up a bit. Some red pepper flakes, a little cayenne. I caramelized the onions in the pressure cooker, removed them to the ground beef I had browned. I added a touch more butter to the pressure cooker and sauteed the potatoes a bit before adding the water and pressurizing the potatoes. Just to give them a little more flavor.

That takes care of the soup, now the announcement. I have finally taken the plunge and the cookbook(s) are now in process. Having met the deadline for text, I am now under a push to get the photographs done. This means that I will be absent for a considerable amount of time over the next few weeks. My goal is to continue the Thursday recipe exchange recipes and I’m hoping to find time to pull recipes from the archives and repost them.

I’ll keep you up to date on the cookbook progress.

Until then…

Writing a Cookbook Poses Questions

I’m in the editing phase of writing a cookbook to go along with the menus and recipes at What’s 4 Dinner Solutions.  It’s the most boring part of what up until now has been a very fun job.  Not complaining by any means, just adjusting.  Now menu testing, that’s always fun, even when it doesn’t work.

As I decide what to do with the cookbook, I’m looking for input.  It is set up in such a way that it would make a great cd-rom.  Users could search it, edit recipes to fit their family, and print out only the recipes and menus they need.  Save some trees, pages will never be coverered in sauces and fingerprint smudges.  

My question is, do people expect a cookbook to actually be a book?  Or would they rather use the computer.  Many of my friends already print recipes off the web.  I’m torn and could use some input.  If you have any thoughts, leave them in the contacts or head on over to the website and contact me there (use the Ask TaMara link).  I appreciate your opinions.