Stacy Grow

Stacy Grow A former English major and avid cook, gardener and world traveler, I enjoy blogging about my adventures in and out of the kitchen. I have resided in West Sacramento for most of my life, as well as France and Hong Kong.

Web Site: http://www.blogger.com/profile/14631291186172878135


Plum Upside-Down cake

Jul 22, 2014
Plum Upside-Down cake

Yesterday, my one-year-old threw two meals on the floor and her shoe in the toilet. The highlight of my day was the company of friends and this Plum Upside-Down cake.  I copied the recipe from Alice Waters' lovely book The Art of Simple Food...

Peter Rabbit First Birthday Party

Jul 14, 2014
Peter Rabbit First Birthday Party

Just wanted to share some shots from the First Birthday Party. Thank you, Pinterest, for a million great ideas!  I took a picture of my daughter each month and made a banner display charting her growth, with twine and seed packets to go with the P...

2014 Garden So Far…

Jul 9, 2014
2014 Garden So Far…

It has been a bit of a crazy year with the baby, and since she just took her first steps this week, I expect my life is about to get that much crazier! Besides working from home and caring for an almost-one-year-old, I have also been busy with turning ...

Indian-Spiced Vegetables and Chickpeas with Raisins

Apr 18, 2014
Indian-Spiced Vegetables and Chickpeas with Raisins


I'm not really sure what made me save this e-mail from the Splendid Table, except I liked that it sounded easy yet exotic, and that I'm always looking for new meatless dishes. I wasn't expecting the sum of the dish to be so much more than its parts, however....

Milk Tart, or Snickerdoodle Pie

Mar 24, 2014
Milk Tart, or Snickerdoodle Pie

 My brother lived in South Africa for two years and came back raving about a South African dessert he ate there called Milk Tart. I kept meaning to make it for his birthday, but this year I finally made it happen. I served him up his birthday s...

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – Revisited

Mar 16, 2014
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake – Revisited


 I attended a family reunion for my dad's side this weekend. My assignment was to make this lovely Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in Cast Iron Skillet. The recipe originally came from my Grandma through my aunt, and I have blogged about it before, but it came out SO...

My Class at Jamie Oliver’s Big Rig Kitchen

Feb 5, 2014
My Class at Jamie Oliver’s Big Rig Kitchen

After watching the television program "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" back in June of 2011, I wrote this evaluation of local school lunches. Then one day last month, I was reading the newspaper published by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op and saw a...

Megan’s Bake Shop

Jan 17, 2014
Megan’s Bake Shop

Today I investigated West Sacramento's first cupcake bakery, Megan's Bake Shop. Located in the shopping complex right off of 50 and Jefferson (across from Chevron), you can't beat the location for convenience.  Daily flavors are posted on the Bake...

What I Learned from My Month Without Sugar

Oct 20, 2013
What I Learned from My Month Without Sugar

I might have been happier before I saw this picture and knew how much sugar is in Thanksgiving dinner. In the past month, many people have asked me why I was going a month without sugar. The answer I generally gave? “For a challenge”. The real...

Winter Squash and Sage Pasta

Sep 11, 2013
Winter Squash and Sage Pasta

Two weeks ago, I was visiting one  of my favorite farm stands at the West Sacramento Farmer's Market, Moon River Farm. The farmer, Sara, was selling some beautiful, smooth-skinned butternut squashes. It was a hot August day and I thought it seemed...

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