Unfortunately for me, most women here work outside the home, but I am fortunate enough to have met a couple of women who do stay home and are also "transplants" (the term people here use to describe us outsiders). Transplants like us tend to stick out in the crowd for a lot of reasons - the main one being a wider range of opinions and experiences to draw from, and a general willingness to try new things.
I've spent a lot of time with one transplant friend in particular, who loves coffee as much as I do, has a progressive attitude toward food and our environment, shares my faith, and is a great listener. We're learning a lot from each other and I'm really glad I met her.
Today we made biscotti from this recipe I found at allrecipes.com. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon, and a yummy complement to our coffee. It was actually a test run because I was considering introducing ourselves to our neighbors with a batch - and then remembered folks here might not appreciate them as much as an old standby like chocolate chip cookies. Anyone have a good recipe for those?
Speaking of recipes, you have to try this refreshing and addictive gazpacho recipe before summer is completely gone, and this pork chop recipe I made with great success last night (try pairing with brown rice).