one of my fave dishes is chicken parm.  being from texas, (living in napa now) i LOVE mexican food. how fun is this?  a mexican version of chicken parmesan.  muy bueno!



i had to edit a couple of things 1) the conversion on the butter and 2) we call it vanilla extract in the usa.  credit for the photo and recipe go to the link under the recipe.   this looks and sounds SO yummy!

Makes 15 squares
Preparation time: 5 min
Cooking time: 25 min

80 ml (⅓ c) water
500 ml (2 c) sugar
60 g butter (4 TABLESPOONS)
30 ml (2 T) honey
385 g (1 can) condensed milk
5 ml (1 t) vanilla extract

1    Put the water and sugar in a pot over low heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
2    Add the butter and honey and mix. Stir in the condensed milk and bring to a slow boil. Stir until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage (see note) or turns a deep caramel colour.
3    Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract with a wooden spoon. Pour into a greased pan and leave to cool. Cut into squares when cold.
Note: Test by dropping a tiny amount into a glass of cold water – the mixture is ready when it forms a ball that drops to the bottom of the glass.

– Hope Malau




Hasselback Potatoes with Parmesan and Roasted Garlic

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6 to 8 Servings


6 to 7 large red potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
5 to 6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Brush bottom and sides of a baking dish or cast iron skillet with olive oil.
Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, slice potatoes crosswise into desired thickness. Arrange potato slices vertically and loosely in prepared dish or skillet.
Sprinkle garlic and Italian seasoning on top of potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Dot potatoes with butter. Cover skillet or dish with foil and bake in a 375 F oven for about 1 hour or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes or until crisp.

Flavoring Kombucha in Your Kitchen


if you love kombucha, as much as i do, you probably cannot afford to feed your “addiction”. 🙂  well guess what?  you can make your very own, fairly easily and in just about any flavour you can think of.  (my typing style is that of e.e. cummings, who never used capital letters, btw.) follow the link below and let your imagination run wild!

Human Powered Giradora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only 40.00 usd


if there is ever a power outage or you just want to live off grid, this is an excellent way to clean your clothes for very little money.  i’m buying one to have on hand in case we have a disaster and the grid goes down.  line drying is free, too.