Jenn & Mark July 15, 2017

Congratulations to our friends Jenn & Mark!

A beautiful day to join two friends,
two souls into one love.

We are so happy for you both!



Red Acre Spring Day 2017

That time of year has come around again in Cedar City UT.
The snow has melted, spring flowers are in full bloom,
tasty spring greens abound,  and baby animals are all around.
Yet, our welcoming to Spring wouldn’t be complete without
Red Acre Farm CSA Spring Day at The Farm.
2322 W 4375 N
Cedar City, UT 84721

This is a day to share with friends, to bring family together,
and of course share it all with the kids. I love seeing the joy in their eyes,
listening to stories,
getting their hands dirty planting seeds,
wondering the farm,
feeding the animals and exploring.
A day in the life of the Patterson’s
and I am thankful that they share and welcome us all as part of their family.

There is always farm fresh food,
from Red Acre Farm CSA and other local farms.

The Back Porch is always filled with fresh goodies year round.

Farm Shares can be purchased by the season with varieties of what is ready at the time.

 Of course there is music.

The goose was as entertained as we were.

The kids and animas, smiles, laughs and fun around the farm.

We are all feel like family when we are at the farm.
Everyone is welcomed all the time, strangers, locals, distant and close friends are all around.
I live so close to so many, yet each year Spring Day at the Farm is like a happy reunion.

Thank you Sara and Symbria for everything you do!

For more information about the farm, local market locations, farm shares, tours and information please visit their website Red Acre Farm CSA or Facebook page

Daily Recipe Find – Kadai Mushroom Recipe

From time to time I am looking for a good veggie recipe to make when I want something light, yet don’t want to give up flavor.

For those of you that like mushrooms, this is a good choice. There are layers of flavor, yet not a difficult recipe.  Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  Kadai Mushroom Recipe 

Daily Recipe Find – Murgh Makhani Recipe (Indian Butter Chicken)

The recipe says it is easy, and I admit it is.  Although, I was so excited to make it I didn’t realize the second marinade should be for 3-4 hours or overnight. By the time I found the recipe I only had about an hour for the second marinade.  It was still very flavorful, yet next time I will plan ahead and marinate overnight.  And, of course as usual I was missing some ingredients… this time only fenugreek leaves and the cashews.  This dish was still very flavorful and satisfying.  I actually used one whole green chile (I used aneheim) for the recipe, and thought it was a good amount of spice.

Recipe Here:  Indian Butter Chicken Recipe / Murgh Makhani Recipe

To go with the dish I made, well attempted to make Paratha, an Indian flat bread.  Sadly some of it didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped, my technique still needs some working on.  The bread didn’t bubble up like the recipe described, I was using a cast iron pan, so that may have needed some recipe adjusting or cook hotter or cooler.

Recipe Here:  Paratha

All in all this was a really good meal.  Our whole family enjoyed the new adventure and wasn’t to much spice for any of us.  I will definitely make this again.

Enjoy the fun of food adventures!

My Indian Food Adventure – Paneer Pasanda

When I first ventured into my Indian food adventure,  a recipe that jumped right at me was Paneer Pansanda…  Why?  Well, cheese stuffed with cheese, herbs and spices, I felt right at home, not out of my comfort zone since I love cheese.

Although, in a small town paneer cheese wasn’t to be found anywhere.  Luckily I came across another cheese, Halloumi which says it is the cheese you can fry which is what you get from Paneer. These types of cheeses have a higher melting point than other common cheeses, so they will grill, or crisp up on the outside without just melting down.

As I started pulling all of the spices and ingredients together I felt a little intimidated, although once I started cooking with them layer by layer it was exciting.

I did use a lower amount of green chilies (I used anaheim chilies) because I didn’t know how spicy the dish would be.  It turned out mild, so next time I will add more.

If you try this recipe let me know how you liked it.

Always enjoy the adventure of food!

Daily Recipe Find – Chickpea Pulav (Chole Biryani, one pot meal)

No matter what type or nationality of food you are cooking it is always nice to have a simple one pot meal. This is one of them, and a new combination for me, and it sounds good.  Potatoes, rice and chickpeas.  Along with the spices tomatoes and spinach are also added.  It sounds like a very healthy, very flavorful and filling combination.  Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  Chickpea Pulav (Chole Biryani, one pot meal) 

Daily Recipe Find – Indian Spices

Starting my Indian food adventure I needed to backtrack a little for some basics.

The foundations of flavor – the spices.  

I am happy to find that I do have several of the common spices used.   Although, some I had never heard of and have no idea what to expect.  What is the seasoning like?  Why is is used?  What types of dishes is it used in?

Well, thanks to this list it is all simplified.  Enjoy!

Indian Spices List HERE from Manjula’s Kitchen

Daily Recipe Find – Paneer Pasanda (Paneer Curry)

I am on a new food fun adventure, Indian Food.

You know I love cheese, so of course when I came across this recipe it has to be my first choice for making my own Indian food.  I have some spices to hunt down and I am hoping our local Arabic and Indian Food Store will have them.  As I gather the correct spices I will be sharing more recipes and my own reviews of what I am making.

I am really excited for this new food adventure, if you have any favorite recipes please share them in the comments so I can try them.

Recipe Here – Paneer Pasanda (Paneer Curry)

Daily Recipe Find – One Skillet Mediterranean Chicken

I enjoy finding recipes with meats other than chicken, but the fact remains that chicken is always in my freezer and other meats not so much.  So it is fun when I find a chicken recipe that includes ingredients I wouldn’t think of including.  This one with green olives sounds good.  Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  One-Skillet Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with Tomatoes and Green Olives

Daily Recipe Find – Mediterranean Style Homemade Vegetable Soup

In the middle of winter soup is always a good choice.  This recipe is loaded with wonderful vegetables.  A winter treat to get you thinking about summer harvests.  Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  Mediterranean Style Homemade Vegetable Soup

Daily Recipe Find – Muhammara Recipe (Roasted Red Pepper Dip)

Happy Thursday!  Winding down the year planning some fun snacks for New Years party.  This recipe is loaded with flavor, and in looking up what sumac was I am going to need to find some so I can make this.  Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  Muhammara Recipe (Roasted Red Pepper Dip)


Daily Recipe Find – Red Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Looking to kick up chicken noodle soup a notch??  This will do it. There are so many layers of flavors, and I almost have all the ingredients.  I really need to get a stockpile of coconut milk in my pantry.  It is added to the grocery list for the week.   Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  Red Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Daily Recipe Find – Spicy Eggs with Kale

I do like Kale, I think this recipe would be good any time of the day.  If you don’t have kale, spinach would be a good alternative.   Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  Spicy Eggs with Kale

Daily Recipe Find – Garlic Rosemary Chicken with Cranberries

It is Holiday season, along with cranberry season.  And I am finding new uses for cranberries other than just cranberry sauce for turkey.   This recipe is next on my list to make, since you know I don’t have all of the ingredients… added to the shopping list for end of week shopping trip.    Enjoy!

Recipe Here:  Garlic Rosemary Chicken with Cranberries

Daily Recipe Find – Baked Salmon Recipe with Garlic Cilantro Sauce

You know this recipe jumped out at me and I had to share.  Garlic Cilantro Sauce, oh it sounds wonderful.  I think it would be good over shrimp or chicken also.  Enjoy!

Recipe here:  Baked Salmon Recipe with Garlic Cilantro Sauce

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