Hiking in 2015

One of my new years resolutions is to do more hiking.  I have always loved to hike and have gotten away from it over the years.  I rounded up a group of friends and we went for a three-mile hike at Miami Whitewater Forest.  It was pretty cold here in Cincinnati that day but very sunny.  We really enjoyed our time on the trail.  So much so we collectively decided to do a hike-a-month this year.  We are busy planning next months hike already. IMG_4524



What a great way to start the year with wonderful friends. The remainder of the day was spent with family. Cooking and celebrating the new year. Each and every year I make pork, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes on new years day. Growing up my mom made this meal quite often and for sure on every January 1st. My understanding is it is good luck to eat pork and sauerkraut to begin the new year. The symbolism and story of these foods lucky nature are as follows; green cabbage(life) and pork/ham (pigs root forward as they eat, embracing challenges). I have kept this tradition alive in our family, so we enjoyed the meal below.



2015 is off to a great start!

New York, New York

New York, New York- January 2014 I traveled to New York in mid-January for a quick work trip.  I tried some great food at a restaurant in Soho named Boulton & Watt.  http://boultonandwattnyc.com/index.php?id=menu.  There were several of us on the trip and we shared some great appetizers.  We tried the following Kirby cucumber with house pickle brine Brussels sprouts with garlic and dill Pineapple with habanero, mint and basil My favorite was the Brussels sprouts followed closely behind by the cucumbers.  All were really delicious.  For dinner I kept it light and had the organic quinoa salad with warm wild mushroom vinaigrette, kale, roasted butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and crispy shallots.  It was so flavorful and delicious.  Loved it!

Serene Sunday

Hey everyone.  I hope you had a great Sunday.  I spent this cold Sunday doing a lot of cooking.  Broccoli-cauliflower soup, roasted beats, chicken salad and slower cooker chicken and gravy.  I love spending the day cooking, using real, organic ingredients.  Speaking of organic ingredients, I subscribe to a delivery service that brings fresh, organic and local produce and natural groceries right to my doorstep.  GreenBean Delivery is the name of the service and I have included the link to their website.   www.greenbeandelivey.com.  Check it out and see if they deliver where you live.  Next week I’ll take a picture of my goodies on delivery day.

I’m not sure if I have shared with you my current eating plan.  My goal is to eat healthier and lose some weight.  I have been making great progress so far this year.  Since Jan 1st, I have lost 8.7 pounds.  I’m really focused on finding a way of eating that is sustainable for life, not just to lose weight.  I am eating healthy, real food; not the manufactured, tasteless food found in most grocery stores today.  I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

One last thing for tonight.  I wanted to link to the recipe I mentioned above from the website Simple Nourished Living.  Easy slow cooker chicken and gravy(www.simple-nourished-living.com/2013/easy-slow-cooker-chicken-and-gravy-recipe/.  It was a delicious.

Have a good week.






Freezer Tomato Sauce

If you are like me you have too many tomatoes this time of year.   I can’t even think about eating another tomato.  Last weekend I decided to preserve the wonderful tomato flavors to use sometime deep in the heart of winter, when I’m craving the flavors of summer.  The following is the step-by-step process to make freezer tomato sauce.

Start with several pounds of tomatoes.  I used about 20 tomatoes various sizes.



Next, grab your largest pot add enough water to cover to tomatoes about half way when they are added to the pot.  Bring water to boil and add 4 to 5 tomatoes to the pot.  Leave tomatoes in pot for 5-6 minutes or until you see the skin start to pull away from the tomato.


As you can see as the tomatoes start to cool the skin begins to almost fall off.  Peel all the tomatoes and prepare your blender or food processor to puree the tomatoes.




Place 4 to 5 tomatoes into the blender and blend until smooth.  Continue process with the remainder of the tomatoes.




Prepare freezer Ziplok bags to hold your pureed tomato mixture.  Pour tomato sauce into the freezer bags.  Be sure you remove as much of the air as you can.  I was able to get 4 bags out of the 20 tomatoes I started with.  Place in freezer and enjoy throughout the winter to make soup, spaghetti sauce any recipe that requires the freshness of a summer tomato.




Real Life Foodie

I decided to start a blog because of my passion for food, good, real food.  If you look up the word foodie the most common definition you will find is: “A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet.”  This is a fine definition but I’m not sure it really captures the heart and soul of a foodie’s passion and love for food.


To be a foodie is not only to like food, but also to be interested in all aspects of growing, preparing, tasting and serving really great food. A real foodie wants to learn everything they can about food, and then savor each and every bite.  I hope you will enjoy my blog.