Pirate Kitchen

A Series of Sides: Overnight Kale Salad

Kale Salad

I spent this past weekend nesting.  Something magical happens in autumn:  leaves turn and the crisp, cold days become shorter.  There’s a feeling.  I often wonder if I lived in a tropical type climate with no seasons, would I yearn for things like warm sweaters, roasting meats and veggies, and getting the house comfy and cozy in preparation for being inside more?


Spicy Quinoa Bites

Quinoa Bites Chai Almonds Whiskey Sour

I had a panic attack over these quinoa bites.  Let me explain:  at the critical point of making the recipe, I thought I was out of quinoa.  Right, the main ingredient.  I had already been to the grocery store, list in hand and didn’t buy the darn quinoa because I said to myself, “you have two kinds at home to choose from!”  I then drove my satisfied self home.  To my horror, the box of red quinoa felt almost empty.  Then as I muttered to myself, pleaseohpleaseohplease, I discovered (whew!) the other package of quinoa.  One more time, let’s hear it for not having to drive to the grocery store again, “WHEW!”  Because really, is there anything more annoying than having to drive back to the grocery store (for whatever reason) when you were just there? Right.


Summer Tomatoes and Sangria

Tomatoes and Sangria

What do you do when you have a GIGANTIC tomato garden?  You pick and eat them for days on end and share what you don’t eat.  It’s a win-win situation and you make a lot of people very happy.


Jicama Slaw

Jicama SlawCold, crunchy, colorful and delicious: what’s not to love? I was starting to give myself a hard time for not posting this prior to the Fourth of July holiday and then thought, “oh, is Summer over?” It also occurred to me that this kind of thinking and self-imposed pressure have no place in the relaxed atmosphere of Summer and also the balance I try to maintain in my life. “So there,” I said to myself.


Garden Fresh Green Smoothie

Mojito Smoothie

Happy Anniversary Pirate Kitchen!  I thoughtandthoughtandthought about a blog off and on for years and then three years ago *poof* it happened. The other night at yoga, our instructor said, “take your practice seriously, but don’t take  yourself too seriously.”  She added a quick, “know what I mean?”  And I did.  I still do and will try to forever infinity. There have been many times along the way here that I’ve taken this and myself way too seriously and felt the crash and burn coming.  But then I shut my eyes really tight and remind myself why I do this:  I love it.  I also have to thank Rob (cheerleader and occasional IT department) for lots of hand-holding and reminding me why I do this. It’s a capsule for many things I love that are sometimes related and sometimes not, but to me make sense. Know what I mean?