Savory Blueberry Ginger Salsa

fresh blueberry ginger salsa with shallots and mint

It's funny how sometimes life rolls in a direction never anticipated.  Catching us by surprise, with both trepidation and promise. It's been an eventful year for my family.  My first-born conquering a long and tedious health challenge, my youngest … [Read more...]

Sweet Baby Peas and Mushroom Pappardelle tossed in Sherry Cream

spring peas and mushroom pappardelle in sherry cream sauce

Assorted lush shades of green encompass the landscape this time of year.  Spring, a time of revival, renewal and start over’s.  Yes, start over’s.  As in something keeps eating the spring greens in my garden, so now I have to start over. At least … [Read more...]

Chicken Avocado Tortilla Torta

chicken avocado tortilla torta

Oh for the love of all things Avocado.  I’m on an intense avocado kick these days.  I feel like adding avocado to everything. Actually, Suzie Q, my youngest, made that very comment the other day.  “Mom, you add avocado to everything.  Next it’ll … [Read more...]

Tacos, Ceviche and a Dessert

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Over the years, I've had a long love affair with Mexican food.  I must have 50 different taco recipes floating around my kitchen.  All with an abundance of fresh ingredients, fragrant aromas that fill my house and robust and spicy flavored dishes … [Read more...]

Cardamom and Ginger Spiced Yogurt Sauce

Cardamom and Ginger Spiced Yogurt Sauce over Roasted Eggplant

I’ve been a member of several book clubs over the years.  Each time, I joined with the exuberance of a puppy playing with a new bone.  Excited about all the new books I’d be discovering and reading, all the new friendships to be made and girlfriend … [Read more...]

Apple and Curry Spiced Turkey Meatballs

turkey meatballs with curry spices and fresh apple

Everyone seemed to land at home today.  No school, no work, no plans, on this cold and foggy winter day.  Wow! That almost never happens. It was nice. Nice to have everyone under one roof, all at the same time.  Food simmering stove top and … [Read more...]

Slow Cooked Red Ginger Chicken

Urban Farm Chickens

My girls (of the chicken variety) are growing up and will be egg laying hens soon.  Although they are now considered pullets, my teenage chickens are finding their grown up voices and developing the most comedic personalities. I love to walk … [Read more...]

Tired of Turkey Yet?

Turkey Enchiladas Verdes

I have to confess, I eat turkey year round. Yep.  I roast turkey breast and turkey legs all year-long.  My family loves roasted Turkey legs, especially for Super Bowl Sunday.  There is so much to be done with this simple poultry. Mostly I carve … [Read more...]

Coconut Pecan Crusted Chicken with Sweet and Spicy Apricot Sauce

Coconut Pecan Crusted Chicken

Sauces reign supreme at the Bennett Camp.  And why you might ask? I blame it on culinary school.  Almost every entrée recipe I learned to prepare had some sort of brilliant sauce.  I loved practicing sauces.  I relished the challenge of tweaking … [Read more...]

Mulligatawny

Mulligatawny Soup from Karista's Kitchen

Every morning I find myself sitting on the kitchen floor in front of my baby chick’s crate, coffee cup in hand, chatting and playing with my four fuzzy little gals. This morning was no different. I heard Ranger Craig walk up the stairs to the … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken Tacos with Spicy Avocado Crema

chicken tacos

I’m almost embarrassed to post these.  I feel like the crazy taco woman. In fact, I think I’m a taco posting maniac.  I probably serve tacos once a week.  It’s the one night during the week that everyone shows up for dinner, all at the same time.  … [Read more...]

Roasted Chicken and Sweet Peaches

www.karistaskitchen.com

The last few months I've been reading dozens of informative and sometimes funny DIY remodeling blog posts.  Mostly because I needed to read about other people’s headaches and successes with home remodeling and renovation. I thought it might … [Read more...]