Easy (and Delicious) Homemade Carnitas

Carnitas are a type of slow cooked meat, which is usually made with pork but can also be made with beef. It can be cooked either by roasting it slowly and pulling the meat (like you would with a BBQ), or by simmering it and shredding the meat as the liquid evaporates. I chose theContinue reading “Easy (and Delicious) Homemade Carnitas”

Snow, More Snow, a Peeve, a Link or Two, and Few Other Things

OK. I know I live in Buffalo, NY. I am fully aware of its reputation for snow, but enough already…it has been snowing for the past 24 hours. It’s not been full throttle–if it were rain it would be labeled as a drizzle–but it has been non-stop. Here’s a couple of photos; first daytime, thenContinue reading “Snow, More Snow, a Peeve, a Link or Two, and Few Other Things”

Car Walking

Here’s a not-so-secret, secret: as much as I proclaim the many benefits of riding bikes and walking I still own a vehicle. It’s an old one (I’ll give you a hint…it’s older than my teenage son), but I still have one. And this winter I’ve been using it more than usual (is it the frigidContinue reading “Car Walking”

Yet Another Pizza (and loaf of bread)

If you’ve read any of my previous ramblings you’ve probably surmised by now that I like to make bread and pizza. Leavened dough products, in my opinion, should really be listed in their own food group. Pizza is a great way to utilize what you have in the fridge (or freezer). Unfortunately, I believe peopleContinue reading “Yet Another Pizza (and loaf of bread)”

Snowy Ride on the Mule and Kidnapped Snakes

I love hauling stuff on bikes…it gives me such a sense of accomplishment, of satisfaction. For various reasons I haven’t been on any of my bikes for a few days and was determined to ride one today. Our meditation group met at at our church tonight, which is only about a mile from my house,Continue reading “Snowy Ride on the Mule and Kidnapped Snakes”

Whole Wheat Pizza with Multiple Layers of Flavor

As is often the case with me at dinner time, I’ll remember that I need to go grocery shopping. At any rate, I made this pizza for my son and I using ingredients that were on hand…and it was great. It’s simple to make, and you really can use whatever ingredients you have. This isContinue reading “Whole Wheat Pizza with Multiple Layers of Flavor”

Yuba Ride

The above photos are actually re-posts from this past summer/fall (and yes, that is corn growing in my front yard…for the newcomer to this blog you can see more about my front yard corn here). I was inspired to re-post them after coming across the below video. It’s an interview with Benjamin, the founder ofContinue reading “Yuba Ride”

Mid-Winter and Lebanese Pizza

One of the things I enjoy about living in the northeast is our distinct seasons. Winter, for example, can be difficult for me at times, but it can also be a season of awe and beauty. I was in the backyard today splitting a few logs for the evening’s heat when I glanced at myContinue reading “Mid-Winter and Lebanese Pizza”

Julia’s Omelet and My Big Decedent Frittata

I spent much of mid-day today in a reflective mood…after dropping my son off at his mother’s house I had the morning and afternoon to myself, before a family dinner engagement. I managed to take a nap, meditate, go for a good steam and swim, and read half of this book. As usual after aContinue reading “Julia’s Omelet and My Big Decedent Frittata”

Winter and Spicy Stew

Well, Buffalo’s climate is once again living up to its reputation. We got pelted with something like a foot of snow today (judging by the news, so did much of the rest of the northeast). I was out driving in it today (yes, I do use a vehicle now and again) and at points itContinue reading “Winter and Spicy Stew”

Backyard Bouillabaisse

I recently came across these photos on my old laptop and thought I’d post them. They’re at least a few years old pictures of when my son and I made bouillabaisse in our backyard. We basically dug a hole in the ground and started a fire. Then we put a pot on it and cookedContinue reading “Backyard Bouillabaisse”

Snowy Ride

I knew full well what I was getting myself into when I rode my bike to work this morning…the newscasters have been telling of this storm for a couple days…schools were closed this morning before it even hit. When I left at 7:00am it was overcast with just a few flakes in the air. HowContinue reading “Snowy Ride”

Autumnal Food and My First Snowy Ride on the Mundo

Bread For Thanksgiving Dinner I am truly blessed in that I have three lovely sisters who give me the day off on Thanksgiving. The only things that I am required to do are bring freshly baked bread and carve the bird. I know that my younger sister likes roast red pepper bread, so I usuallyContinue reading “Autumnal Food and My First Snowy Ride on the Mundo”

A Few Recipes, Thoughts, and a Couple Cartoons

100% Whole Wheat Bread: I’ve been playing around with a variation (simplification) of Peter Reinhart’s whole grain bread recipe. I find the idea of home made bread being made without too much fuss and it not occupying your time and thoughts very interesting. I much rather incorporate it into the rhythm of my day. ManyContinue reading “A Few Recipes, Thoughts, and a Couple Cartoons”

Pictures of Autumn

It’s easy to live simply in the city during the summer…there are no heating concerns, and vegetable gardens grow like weeds. But as the seasons march forward, things change. Autumn has always been, and still is, my favorite season. I had a few days off this past weekend and used the time to ready myselfContinue reading “Pictures of Autumn”