An open letter to the amazing women in my life

I am very lucky to have amazing women in my life; from my mother and grandmother who laid the foundation of who I am today and the women that push me to be great on a daily basis; My wife, my sister, my daughter and my partner.  I can honestly say without the women in…

Look to find your center

What is your center, have you ever tried to find it?  What do I even mean about it? For years as a child the way I would find peace or clarity was to go shoot a basketball (preferably alone).  Just the quiet nature, repetitive and ability to find immediate feedback for a great shot or…

Its about Service -What I learned from my Mother

As I have grown up the sacrifices of my parents, especially my mother have come to the forefront more and more. I came to realize there were many times she could have quit, but she continued to push and search for a better tomorrow for my sister and I. Whether it was taking a job…

As in Life – All things Change

What started out as a collective to bring together stories has changed.  With life comes many challenges and we hope to bring our view, ideas and experiences to light for the hopes in enriching even one person. Whether writing about the challenges of raising a child with a speech delay and the fears that come…

Pretzels are easy and tasty

We’ve been working with simple dough recipes and experimenting lately & cutting off small amounts of dough and utilizing them as test pretzel bites.  Everything from ranch pretzels to spicey kung pao pretzels. The simplicity of boiling the dough in water and baking soda. Then brushed with an egg wash and salt and baked makes…

Pasta Trials Continued – Asian

Historically as far back as we can find the first record of “nudel” in modern day China as far back as 2000 BCE. Taking this long traditional noodle based in rice flour, transitional to the Italians through the Arabian Peninsula pasta has a simple base of flour and eggs making a staple to last centuries….

Its all about the DOUGH!

When it comes to bread and the never ending way to expand on its flavors we have taken the same steps similar to pasta.  The beauty of dough and working it from scratch its that you have different times in the process to add flavor to it. For bread you have different steps to change…

Ice Cubes + Fresh ingredients = Great starters

  The joy of cooking with fresh ingredients when it becomes part of your routine is the combinations you can pull off at any given moment.  What started with making homemade baby food ended up a new way to store food for future cooking and uses. Though we are not always using “fresh, never frozen”…

The Pasta Trials

The Pasta trials have begun and we are trying to push the envelope to how we build, dry and cook fresh pasta.  The beauty of such a simplistic item as fresh pasta is that you can be as creative as your imagination will take you as long as you keep with a consistent texture that…

Potato Soup – A Kitchen Memory

Something as simple as potato soup can bring back great memories of family or history (depending on who we each are).  That is one of our favorite connections to the kitchen is the ability to inspire thought, conversation and fulfill us. From the ones we create, to the ones we remember a simple recipe can conjure…

Pasta Test

We decided to have a little fun with some fresh Pasta this week and go as far off the map as possible with flavors, as well as ways to cook it.  First step is flavors, next we’ll review cooking techniques and finally the overall review. Flavors we’ve tried so far PB & J This one…