Seeding Joy

So begins a period of renewal seeded like the wispy fibers strewn from a schoolgirl’s wish.  A wildflower, with no plan or purpose but to grow by the direction of the wind. By the time I have finished my classes, I will have travelled more than 18,000 miles on a journey shared with you. My son…

Brussels Sprouts Chips

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this veggie. Slightly cut ends on 1/2 lb. of Brussels sprouts while carefully keeping the heads intact. Slice each lengthwise into 3-4 slices. Place in roasting pan and drizzle with 1T. olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Place in 425 degree oven for 5-6 minutes. Then…

Where food, life and work come together

Working It in the Kitchen (TM) provides food and recipes, shared experiences, and inspiration and ideas to make good food more accessible amid the flow of life.  We bring our passion to the table to enrich the texture of your day with healthy and delicious moments.

Cauliflower Chili

This tastes even better the next day so make it for dinner and enjoy for lunch all week. Chop the cauliflower well and kids won’t even notice! Cauliflower Chili 1 t. Canola Oil 3/4 C. Celery, diced 3/4 C. Carrots, diced 1 1/4 C. Onion, diced 2. C. Cauliflower, diced 1 t. Chili Powder 1/2…

Shishito Peppers with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze

Healthy and light with a splash of heat.  Shishito Peppers with Strawberry Balsamic Glaze 2 Wooden Skewers 12 Shishito Peppers 1/4 t.  Canola Oil 1 T. Strawberry Preserves 1/2 t. Balsamic Vinegar Pinch of Salt Soak skewers in water.  Preheat broiler.  Put 6 shishito peppers on each skewer and place on baking sheet.  Drizzle oil…

Peach and Fig Dream Sandwich

Peaches and cream pair with the fig as a delicious late summer dream ensemble.  Sweet enough for kids to enjoy and expand beyond their usual lunches and delicious enough for adults. Peach and Fig Dream Sandwich Two Slices of Bread 1/4 C. Cream Cheese (Lemon Chive Cream Cheese recipe below) One Peach or Nectarine, pitted…

Pepita Butter and Banana Bread Sandwiches

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches get a makeover.  Nut-free and nutritious. Pepita Butter and Banana Bread Sandwiches 2 Slices of Banana Bread, thinly sliced 2 T. Pepita Butter (recipe below) 4 Slices of Banana Cinnamon for sprinkling (optional) Gently slather one slice of banana bread with pepita butter. Top with banana slices and sprinkle with…

Back to School

Reinvent brown bag lunches this year at Back to School

Nut-Free Banana Bread

  A delicious nut-free snack, rich with fiber and potassium, and kid-approved. Nut-Free Banana Bread 1/2 C. Butter 1 C. Sugar 2 T. Molasses 4 Ripe Bananas 2 Eggs 1 1/2 C. Flour 1/2 t. Salt 1 t. Baking Soda 1/2 C. Coconut flakes (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and…

Rooted

I closed my locker, with its contents spread before my feet, and left the building carrying my knives and tools and a tall white hat under my arm. Our practical exam strung 110 lessons into six well executed dishes.  The smoldering kitchen, thick with muddled smells from our collective cooking, was awash with joy.  The…

In Saturated Hues

We drove along the interstate in the early morning, having returned late the night before from several days of work travel. This was my last weekend of class, and the anticipated relief mitigated my fatigue from tightly compacted commitments. One practical exam remains and my classroom studies will be complete. The sun shined brightly and…

Glitter

I wanted to share with you a delightfully upbeat post – one with some glitter or, at the very least, shine. I had hoped that the lead into my final round of classes had vibrance, lightness and clarity. And that the culmination of this experience derived from sadness would yield fervor and gratitude. And so…

Listen

The weekend was wet and unseasonably chilly, but the underlying scent of spring brought the promise of gleaming sun and warm breezes. Cherry Blossoms and Flowering Dogwoods contrasted the grey morning sky.  It was our last pastry class and the practical exam led us to the final module in the program. We pressed cool butter…

Ripple

I ate buttercream for breakfast and chocolate mousse for lunch. It was a deliciously self-indulgent meal plan. We made gelatin desserts with powders and plastic-like sheets blooming into thick rich textural wonders. Creams came together in silken ribbons and marshmallows melted slowly in our mouths. Buttercream was smudged on the cuffs of my sleeve and…

Invisible 

The kitchen smelled like a fanciful child’s dream with dancing unicorns and spinning cotton candy. Pinatas swung high in the air as butter bubbled and puppies pounced with each smear of cream.  Fermentation was the basis of our study and I was intrigued about how a simple mixture of flour and water could become a…