Roasted Romanesco Broccoli

Though this recipe is for romanesco, I’ve used it with regular broccoli as well as both orange and white cauliflower with great results!


  • 1 head Romanesco broccoli, broken into large florets
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


Heat the oven to 450. Toss your veggie with the oil, salt and pepper. Use as much or as little salt and pepper as you’d like. It really depends on your tastes and how much veggies you’re cooking up.

Spread the veggies out on a baking sheet, you can also cook this in a casserole dish too! Just make sure that the veggies have some space between them. They don’t roast well if they are cramped together.

Anyway, roast it in the oven for 20 minutes. Turning them at the halfway point will make the browning much more even.


Recipe: Cilantro Lime Chicken in the Crock Pot

Cilantro Lime Chicken
3 Chicken Breasts (6 chicken tenders)
Lime Juice (2 limes worth)
1 Bunch Cilantro, chopped
1 15oz can Corn
2 Cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Onion, diced (or two baby onions with the attached green onion too)
1 can beans, Black or Kidney works
1 tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Serve with: tortillas, rice, salsa, sour cream and cheese.

Put everything in the crock pot and cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours). Shred the chicken (in the crock pot) and serve in tortillas with desired toppings.

Optional directions:

If you want to prep this ahead of time, take all the ingredients and put them in a ziploc bag. You can store it in the fridge overnight or freeze it for later. If you freeze it, just pull it out and let thaw overnight in the fridge before you put it all in the crock pot.

Recipe: Persimmon Jam

We got a bunch of Fuyu Persimmons in our CSA box so we decided to turn them into jam. This is my first attempt at making jam of any kind. I’m quite happy with the way it turned out. This jam is super good on toast or on Tartines (French open faced sandwiches).


2 lbs Fuyu Persimmon (the squatty tomato looking ones that are crunchy, not the acorn shaped squishy ones)
1 cup sugar
1 T honey
1 T lemon juice


Peel and dice persimmons. Add to a pot with sugar and cook down over medium-low heat until the fruit is soft enough to mash. Mash the fruit as it thickens. Add honey and lemon juice. Heat until everything is incorporate well. Remove from heat. Pour jam into lidded canning jars (1/4″ from the top).

If you’re going to use the jam right away, the rest doesn’t really matter. Just keep it in the fridge as you use it up. (This is what I did) If you want these to sit in the pantry for awhile, follow the rest of the canning steps to properly store the jam… Note that the remaining instructions are borrowed from the great internet expertise of canning steps.

Filling the jars:  Using your funnel in each jar ladle the mixture into the jars leaving 1/4″ headspace. Taking a clean paper towel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal. Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just “finger tight”.

Processing: Place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn’t measure up. Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 10 minutes. When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes. Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.

Sealing: Sometime in the next hour your jars will be making a “pinging” or “popping” noise. That is the glass cooling and the reaction of the lids being sucked into the jar for proper sealing. Some recipes may take overnight to seal. Check your lids and reprocess any jars that did not seal.

Buttermilk Substitute

We love Irish Soda Bread in our house. But, it can be quite hard to find buttermilk in the stores. Well, it was common in Virginia, but nearly impossible in southern California. So, for those times when you need buttermilk…

1 cup of Buttermilk = 1 Tbs Lemon Juice + enough milk to make 1 cup total

Stir and let stand for about 5 minutes. Voila, buttermilk substitute!


If you are like most Moms, you have a million things on your to-do list.

If you are like most business owners, you have a million things on your to-do list.

So what do us working moms do that have 2 million things on our to-do list do?


I’ve read so many blog posts about people who choose their “word of the year”. It’s almost a grown up version of a resolution. I remember back when I first read posts about this I tried thinking of my word. And just this morning things finally clicked. I tell my son to focus all the time. FlyLady tells us to do it now, stop procrastinating. Pam Young calls us “SHES” Sidetracked Home Executives. I’ve realized now that my word of the year is FOCUS.

With a million things on my Mom to-do list and a million things on my business owner to-do list (not to mention taxes are due next week!!!), I have to slow down and FOCUS on one thing at a time. I need to declutter my mind, my desk, and my visual space. I tend to work from my laptop sitting on the couch. So my visual space includes the coffee table (tax work and inventory lists are currently flooding it), the TV (off this morning thankfully, my son’s table and toys, the dining room with no dining table (currently housing two strollers, a glider chair, and more toys plus an easel that blocks some view. I can also see into the kitchen partially where the bar area is covered with more papers, a toaster oven (wish I could house that somewhere else), 2nd laptop, mug of pens, and basket of napkins.

So my ultra simplified to-do list for today is:

  1. Go to bank
  2. Go to farm (play date scheduled there)
  3. Go to post office
  4. Clear off coffee table
  5. Pick up toys in living room
  6. Work on taxes

There are so many more things on my list to do but this is what I’m FOCUSing on for today. Outside of those 6 things, I’ll pick and choose what I can do off the big lists and field requests as they come in. Mainly requests from the kids. Like my infant who says “mom I’m awake now”. It looks like I get to switch to Mom mode now.

Applesauce Cinnamon Bread – Bread Machine

Applesauce Cinnamon Bread


1/3 c Applesauce

1 c Milk

2 1/2 c Bread Flour

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Salt

2 Tbs Brown Sugar

1 Tbs Butter

1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast


Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

Almond Oatmeal Bread – Bread Machine

Almond Oatmeal Bread

Yields 1 – 1 ½ lb loaf


1 c Quick-Cooking Oats

1 c Milk

1 Tbs Unsalted Butter

2 1/2 c Bread Flour

2 Tbs Honey

¾ tsp Kosher Salt

1 tsp Active Dry Yeast

1/2 c Sliced Almonds, lightly toasted


Place ingredients into the bread machine according to the manufactures instructions. (Order of ingredients may vary.) Use the regular or basic white bread setting, and choose a medium crust. Check the dough during the first few minutes of kneading, and adjust as necessary with more water or flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.