Author Archives | Leslie

{Easter} dijon mustard green beans

For the past several years, my sister has been hosting Easter dinner. She provides the ham and a few sides, and the rest of the family each bring something to contribute to our meal. Since we are the ones who don’t eat ham, (as we do not eat factory farmed meat), I’m pretty much automatically […]

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{WNIMKW} Living in the West

Editor’s Note: What’s New in My Kitchen Wednesdays, is a semi-weekly series where we weave a personal story with a review of a beloved or new item in our kitchen, in our glass or on our plate. Take it away Leslie….-Christina +++++ In December, an issue of Sunset Magazine arrived in my mailbox. Their slogan, […]

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{dark days} Week 15: Lux Grilled Cheese

Editor’s Note: We are taking a break from our St. Patrick’s Day theme week for our Dark Days Challenge entry. This is the 15th week of a 19-week challenge, Dark Days, a pledge taken by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as sustainable, organic, local and ethical possible. Honestly, these […]

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{St. Patrick’s Day} green macaroni

We fall into the “mutt” category in our family…Irish is in there, but not enough to really call myself Irish. So, aside from throwing on a green shirt each year, I’ve never really given much thought to St. Patrick’s Day. Until my smarty-pants three-year-old asked me what we will do for St. Patty’s this year. […]

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{WNIMKW} everything is new in my LA kitchen

What’s new in my kitchen….? This certainly posed an interesting question to me this week when I started thinking about this post. Being away from home, everything in my kitchen this month is new, at least to me! There were several items I considered sharing. This awesomely huge Sub-Zero fridge… (the baby is in the […]

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{Dark Days} Week 9: Cooking in LA?

Editor’s Note: This is the ninth week of a 4 1/2 month challenge, Dark Days, a pledge taken by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as sustainable, organic, local and ethical possible.  – Christina ——————————– I feel like I really blew it on this Dark Days challenge. Here I am […]

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{travel} California Lovin’

Editor’s Note: Leslie and her family were very lucky to escape Upstate’s winter weather, -20 degrees a few days ago, for the sunnier, warmer climate of Los Angeles, CA. She will be rubbing our faces in it reporting from the West Coast during her one-month stay.-Christina So, here I am on the West coast, living […]

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{recipe} Curried Carrot Spread

Once the holidays (and all the parties and food that go along with them) are over, I always end up craving veggies and lighter foods. My body is so overloaded with decadent goodies and desserts, it’s as if I need to go in the total opposite direction to balance everything out. One food that I […]

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{New Year} Organization 911!

Editor’s Note: To read more of Leslie’s successes in organization, read her two posts (one and two) on meal planning. -Christina I’m not sure what it is about this New Year, but I am really feeling the new-ness. In the past, I have never really been into making a resolution. This year, though, my brain […]

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{Meals in Busytown} Crock Pot Taco Chili

When I think of getting dinner on the table on a busy night, the first thing I think of is my beloved crock pot. What could be better than having dinner ready and waiting when you walk in the door after a long day? I have several go-to crock pot meals for times when life […]

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{Dark Days} Week 2: A French Dinner in New York

Editor’s Note: This is the second week of a 4 1/2 month challenge, taken by 88 blogs spanning the country, to eat one meal a week as local, sustainable, ethical and organic as possible. You can click the link on the right side bar to read more! – Christina I tossed around several meal ideas […]

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{edible gifts} Bread & Pancakes In a Jar

Several years ago, in the midst of the frantic Christmas shopping and the crazy spending that goes along with it, I realized that I had really lost sight of what this holiday means to me. I decided to begin my de-commercialization of Christmas…today, we still include store-bought gifts, but we have simplified in many ways. […]

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{Leftovers} Thanksgiving Roasted Vegetables

We hosted Thanksgiving this year, and even though we did a potluck style dinner, we still have a fridge FULL of leftovers. I have big plans for our turkey that were not difficult to figure out(creamy rice soup, sandwiches, and lots of pot pies for the freezer!). Other items have left me a bit stumped […]

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{WNIMKW} Hello Old Friend…

Editor’s Note: This is another installment in one of our ongoing series, What’s New in My Kitchen Wednesdays, where we rotate writing a personal story woven in with a review of a beloved product in our kitchen, in our glass or on our plate. This week, its that time of year again…Leslie ordered a case […]

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{thanksgiving} The Beginning of a Family Tradition

I’d love to share with you a relatively new Thanksgiving family tradition that we have come to really enjoy. First, though, a little back story. A few years ago, my husband & I made the decision to give up factory farmed meat. Like most people, we were aware for some time how disconnected we were […]

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