That Plastic Free Thing... How'd It Go?

yeah it’s been a few months…. but just how did that plastic free thing go? in some ways, great! i’m not buying bottled water for home anymore which is awesome. my guys are all using re-usable bottles and filing them up. and i’ve really reduced single use plastics. and these little babies are bomb!

I tried several different brands of reusable bags but the stasher brand is the clear choice. easy to wash, by hand or machine. they don’t absorb odors. even when I leave a cut onion in it for a week, no odor. herbs stay fresh. bags don’t tweak or get nasty…. I mean, how many reasons do I need? other brands became funky after the same use and washing. misshapen, odors…. not worth the effort. and best of all, it has greatly reduced my use of one-time plastic bags.

totally worth the money.

peace, love and saving the earth, bit by bit…


Going Plastic Free... A Weekend Challenge

in my efforts to be more sustainable, i’ve been trying to get plastic out of my life and home. anyone who’s attempted this knows just how difficult and tricky it can be. there are so many articles / blogs / books about this very thing. but i’m impatient. I just can’t filter through soooo many in an effort to find the magic bullet, the list of instructions that guides me. and then today on my FB feed, I see an article from Bon Appetit magazine about ways to eliminate the plastic. well, actually 14 articles collected. seriously? remember, i’m impatient.

but the one article that first drew my attention is about going plastic free for one weekend. and the challenge is there - friday, march 29th through sunday, march 31st - can YOU go plastic free? big question is how? from shampoo bottles, to hand soap dispensers, to ketchup bottles, the list goes on and on, like a chain of monkeys.

the most important step is taking the first step. most of us ( i hope!) are using the reusable grocery bags. great! but what about the produce bags? you know the ones. it’s ironic how states like california have banned single use plastic bags in stores, but not the produce bags. and yes, some stores are switching to compostable bags, but have you really checked out the compostability of those products?

reusable washable produce bags

reusable washable produce bags

i recently purchased produce bags to eliminate the need for those in the stores. happy to report, I do use them. and i prefer them! i keep a bunch in my car with the other reusable grocery bags. i bought 2 dozen so that I have plenty to transition from store to frig to laundry. super easy. there are lots of different types out there to choose but here are the ones that i bought, available through amazon.

i’m not only up against a food system so entrenched in plastic, i’m up against my own boys who don’t share my drive. so how will this work?

it’s a step, first step. next step is accepting BA’s challenge of a plastic free weekend.

and maybe it’s not about a well thought out list of instructions, but how it raises awareness of all the plastic in our lives. will you join me?

Dishing it Up for Food Forward

We kicked off our Supper Club last night with a Southern BBQ raising funds for Food Forward.  Super fun!  We had a great group of people who came to eat and support.

To make it even more fun, I had some friends come to help.  Chrystal Baker, the fabulous, is a food stylist for several major culinary shows and is always a pleasure to hang with.  You can check her stuff out on IG at @anyneverywhere and @chrystalcooked.    

Also on the kitchen team was Richard Weinroth, the Head of Operations for Food Forward.  He’s a total good guy and we are so grateful for his help.  He’s not too into the IG stuff so nothing to check out there.  But do check out Food Forward and all that he (they) does!


Before we served dinner, Richard gave us a little info about Food Forward.  It’s always enlightening to hear about the good stuff they do and how necessary it truly is.  Sound bite:  FF saves millions of pounds of food that would have gone to waste and distributes it throughout LA and Ventura counties to organizations that feed those who would have gone hungry.  How?  By collecting fruits and veggies from Farmers Markets and by picking fruit from trees in peoples backyards.  And all by volunteers. Cool, huh? Yeah.  Full of good feels!

But back to dinner.   Like most good Southerners, yes I have a smoker, and yes, I love to fire it up to serve a crowd.  It’s an overnight kinda thing but so worth it!  Here’s what we made:


Tuscan Kale Salad

almonds, parmesan, pickled red onion, roasted beets, lemon vin

Little Gems with Sugar Snap Peas, Radish

 green goddess

smoked pulled pork & Smoked Chicken 

with Housemade Bread, brioche Buns, Slaw, Pickles and

Alabama White, Bourbon Molasses & Sriracha BBQ Sauces

Coastal Cheddar Mac ’N Cheese

Topped with Butter Bread Crumbs and Parmesan

Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Orange Polenta Olive Oil Cake

I’m sure someone out there is thinking, dang, I missed it!  Well yeah maybe, but don’t worry.  More chances to come.  Make sure that you let us know if you would like to be notified of our future dinners.  Space is limited you know, and our “list” is ever growing!

And if you’ve got a special place in your heart for a local do-good org and would like to host a dinner, hit us up! We’d love to partner and do Supper Clubs for your group too!

Eat happy! Eat healthy!



International Pancake Day!

And here to celebrate, Gluten Free style, is my past post for GF Lemon Ricotta Pancakes!

The best Sundays were the ones when my dad would take us all to The Pancake Pantry for breakfast.  The Pancake Pantry was and probably still is a Nashville tradition.  The lines waiting for a table on those Sunday mornings took forever!   But it was always worth it.  The Silver Dollar Pancakes were my favorite.

Years later, Sarabeth’s in New York City set the new standard for pancakes.  Those Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberries are ahhhmazing!  I have for years recommended that visitors to NYC try them and I always get many thanks for that.  I now enjoy lemon ricotta pancakes again – gluten free.  Hope you like them as much as I do!


 ¾ c brown rice flour

¼ c tapioca starch

¼ c potato starch

1 Tbs baking powder

2 Tbs organic sugar

½ tsp kosher salt

2 eggs

1 c ricotta

2/3 c milk

1 lemon, zested and juiced.

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir.

  2. In another mixing bowl, whisk eggs.  Add milk, ricotta, lemon juice and zest.  Whisk.  Add egg mixture to dry mixture and whisk until incorporated.  Allow to rest while heating griddle.

  3. Heat griddle to 350° and spray with cooking oil or butter.

  4. Pour ¼ c pancake batter for each pancake.  Add 3 – 4 blueberries to each pancake.  Allow to cook until they begin to bubble on top and are lightly browned on the bottom.  Flip and cook until lightly browned.

  5. Serve warm with maple syrup.



Carolyne Snow
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so many friends and clients request recipes and to be honest, i’m not always inclined to share. some yes, and some no. I know that sounds kinda rude! but i’m a chef, and some of my stuff is kinda, you know, secret. if there’s something in particular you’d like to know, please hit me up!

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more food, more travel, more fun! and making plans for 2020 in the process



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