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Not Exactly Goodbye

a quick dinner

It’s time to say, “Goodbye,” and not just because I haven’t posted for the last few months.  It’s a thought that has been on my mind for the last year.  I started Not Exactly Bento on a suggestion from a friend and as a way to teach myself to cook and to stop eating out [...]

Strawberry Salad Bento (442)

Bento 442: Strawberry Salad

I woke up Saturday morning at 7:15 a.m. and thought, “If I get ready really quickly, I can make it to the farmer’s market just as it opens.” Arriving just as it opens means I have top pick of the offerings for the week. I shook the sleep from my eyes, fed the dogs, threw [...]

Cafe Burnside at Houmas House (Restaurant Review)

houmas house lunch-6

I’ve talked before about Houmas House on this blog. It is one of my absolute favorite places to go. When I need to relax, I think of its gardens and immediately I smile. Regardless of the time of year, they are lush and beautiful. And when I want an excellent meal at a reasonable price [...]

Seafood Stuffed Pork Chop Bento (441)

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I left work last night a bit tired, a bit harried, and quite a bit later than I had planned. Amazing how time slips away from you when you’re focused and forgetting to look at the clock. As I was driving home, I was mentally convincing myself to grab a bit of something on the [...]

Work in Progress: Steel Cut Oats (New-to-Me)

Steel Cut oats

I woke up at the beginning of 2013 determined to find a way to like oatmeal. Honestly, I’m not a fan. But I figure that I tackled broccoli and yogurt in the course of this blog, so oats should be a snap right? I’ve had several people tell me to try steel cut oats, but I’d [...]

Soup and Homemade Crackers Bento (440)

bento 440

  Lately, I’ve had a real craving for cheese crackers. It all started with my wanting to make some chicken and wild rice soup this weekend. For whatever reason, I wanted to eat cheese crackers with my soup. I looked around at the usual culprits found at my local grocery store and none of them [...]

Mish Mash Bento (439)

A bento with a variety of things to eat

At my first job as a page in a library, my boss (and, incidentally, first mentor) used to bring to lunch what I always thought of as a “mish mash” lunch. She’d grab whatever was easiest to grab from her fridge: a container with the last bit of cottage cheese, a piece of fruit, maybe [...]

Spaghetti and Biscuit Bento (438)

Spaghetti Bento 438

Happy new Year everyone! I hope this post finds you enjoying the first few days of 2013 and getting it started off right, whatever that might be for you.  For me, it’s setting what I want to accomplish for 2013. I don’t really make resolutions; I create goals. Some I accomplish, some I don’t. Last [...]

What I’ve Been Up To

no tomato spagetti sauce

So, you might be wondering if I haven’t been around for a bit due to a busy work schedule what I’ve been up to. There have been moments here and there where I’ve done a few things, but just not enough time to photograph and post as well. Often, I take pictures with my cell [...]