Sean Taggart’s Coq au Vin

I’ve made Coq au Vin before. In fact, I had a recipe that was my go-to for a year or so. Coq au Vin is my favorite Sunday dinner. I put on a movie or some music and pour a glass of wine and cook for a couple of hours. Everyone (read: Husband J and…

Lessons learned – Whole 30

I walked in to work 6 weeks ago, on inventory morning, and my boss gave me a big smile and said, “What’ll you have? I’m buying you a coffee.”  I laughed and said, ‘I’ve given up coffee for 30 days.” He got scared. I mean, he really looked terrified, and he waved his arms in…

An open door

“Hi y’all did ya eat? Well, come on in, I’m sure glad to know ya” ‘Southern Voice’, written by Bob DiPiero and Tom Douglas, recorded by Tim McGraw If you’re reading this and you’re not from the U.S., find a map, and take a look. Many of our states have more square miles than European…

Inspiration

Sometimes you go out to a restaurant because you’re too tired to cook (or there’s no food in the house). Sometimes for a special occasion. And sometimes you go to be inspired. Inspiration comes from different places and in different forms. Here are a few of my favorites. Waterboy Eating at Waterboy is a lesson in…

“Cheese should be a conversation”

I got to take a class on cheese this week – yes, an entire 2 hour class just on cheese. I like cheese. I eat cheese quite a bit. But I didn’t really know anything about it except for what I like and don’t like. (Manchego good, blue cheese bad!) This class delved into how…

Whole 30

I’ve been inviting some friends to write for onaisle6 and I’d like to introduce you to my friend (and cousin) Jess.  She’s who I want to be when I grow up! I knew she was doing Whole 30 and I wanted to hear a little about it. My name is Jess and I have been…

Hungry

If you read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books as a child, or watched the tv show, and assumed it was all true, I’m here to shatter your illusions and tell you it wasn’t.  It was, in fact, a “lightly fictionalized account” of her childhood, but many parts of it were true, and many parts…

The week ahead

Lately I’ve been more conscious about what we throw out, and how much money we spend. I have no problem paying for organic chicken, but we better use it all. I’ve also had those weeks where I’ve bought food and it sits in the fridge, because I bought it with no plan for it. I’m…

Here fishy-fishy

The other day I was shopping and I stopped at the meat counter just to see what looked good. The seafood case was still being set and the meat-cutter came out with a plate of swordfish and she stopped to show it to me. “Doesn’t this look amazing? This is some of the best swordfish…

Happy New Year!

When I was a kid we knew where we would be every January first, and we knew what we would be doing. We would be at either my parent’s house in Sacramento, or at my godparent’s, E&B’s in Davs, or G&C’s in Carmichael, there would be breakfast and football, and playing, and more football, the…

To-do for 2016

I’m somewhat ambivalent about newsletters. I sign up for them thinking it will be a good chance to get information, but more often than not I unsubscribe because a. I don’t have time to sort through them, or b. they never tell me anything that I need/want to hear. Williams-Sonoma Taste blog is an exception….

An idea worth stealing

I got home from a brief Christmas trip to Oregon to find a mail box full of Christmas cards. I love the photo cards of kids, because it gives me a chance to see how much they’ve grown, and my cousin’s husband always does a sketch or watercolor for theirs, so I love seeing his…