Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
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One of the threads that binds my husband and I together is our love for good food. More than just sustenance, food is an experience. While I have a handful of "go-to" recipes that I'll prepare during a busy week, I prefer to experiment with flavors to broaden and... Read More »
Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
After a long week of travel, all I really wanted to do this weekend was snuggle with my family, watch movies, and eat ice cream. But since it was cold enough to feel like winter, we opted for soup...chicken tortilla soup. Before I became a vegetarian, this was one of my favorite soups to make because of it's bold, intense flavors and heartiness. My children love s... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Now that my son is in school, we don't have as many opportunities during the day to spend time together doing the things we love. I miss swinging and playing at the park, discovering and learning at our local museum, and our impromptu trips to Disneyland. It wasn't until Kindergarten that I realized just how quickly the time goes by.
One of my "resolutions" for... Read More »
Published on Saturday, April 6, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
One of my favorite breakfast treats growing up was Kellogg's Pop-Tarts. The combination of a crisp flaky crust with a warm, fruit filling was absolutely divine. While I think my parents would have preferred that I eat the plain, unfrosted varieties, I used these opportunities to indulge. I've tried a few of the unfrosted varieties with my own kids, and their fav... Read More »
Published on Friday, January 11, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
In nearly every instance, I prefer the fresh, home-cooked version of foods as opposed to those obtained in restaurants, grocery stores, or packages/cans. Most soups I've tasted are overly salty and fatty, devoid of flavor or nutrition. But homemade soups are an entirely different culinary experience. I absolutely love a freshly made tomato, carrot, or butternut sq... Read More »
Published on Sunday, December 9, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
The lights are strung, the tree is up, and my shopping is almost done! It really feels like Christmas and my children are incredibly excited about this season of giving and togetherness. Ok...they're mostly excited about the presents they expect to receive, but nonetheless we had a great weekend prepping for the holiday.
As is typical during this time of year, I ... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Sticky hands, chocolate-covered faces, the smell of toasted marshmallows... When I tell my kids that it's a S'mores night, they bubble with excitement. The original campfire treat is no longer reserved for overnights under the stars in some remote mountain or dessert locale. In fact, we've actually gotten the creation of S'mores in our home down to an art, with or w... Read More »
Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Last year, after achieving some success with our small garden, we decided to invest in an avocado tree. All four of us love the creamy fruit (yes, it's a fruit!) and my husband thought that growing them in our backyard would allow us the opportunity to enjoy them at leisure, which pretty much means every day. Unfortunately, growing an avocado tree proved to be mor... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
At just 50 calories for a 1 cup serving, strawberries have quite the impressive nutrition profile. Inside this sweet, juicy, delightful fruit are antioxidants, fiber, folate, potassium, and Vitamin C, information I learned during my visit to Monterey with the California Strawberry Commission. As someone who loves all-things-strawberry, I didn't need a lot of convi... Read More »
Published on Monday, November 14, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Because I grew up eating foods that were prepared with little to no salt (thanks to my father's incredible cooking), I learned to substitute spices in place of sodium to create flavor. During those early years when my husband and I were newly married, he often stated that my cooking was a bit bland without the addition of salt. With a little experimentation and comp... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
I don't often talk about my culture, mostly because I grew up in a home where my parents tried to "normalize" or "assimilate" me and I honestly haven't fully explored my roots. We spoke English, ate pasta and chicken, shopped at our local mall, and pretty much lived like a typical American family. I understand my parent's desire to have me "fit in"and I had a wonder... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Caryn Bailey
Pizza, a favorite in our household, is one of those dishes that can be very easy to make if you decide to use a store-bought crust, sauce, and toppings. However, I prefer to make some of the components, specifically the dough, from scratch because I can control the types of ingredients used.
Restaurants across the country are now offering gourmet versions of thin, ... Read More »