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Thank you for visiting my blog Realistic Cooking Ideas for Busy People! We are now in our fourth year of blogging! As a bit of history about how this blog got started, I am a Director in the Tech field who not only loves technology but also cooking! Like most of you, I often find myself with limited time and energy to cook. The inspiration for this blog came from too many disappointments from local restaurants. Often my husband and I would wait 30-minutes or longer to be seated only to be served a sub-par dinner at high prices and far too many calories. We got tired of this routine and decided we would take control of our menu planning finding ways to make delicious and easy meals. I created this blog to share both my easy to make meals and recipes that take more time for special occasions and meals that provide those wonderful leftovers! I am inspired by many cuisines but I will tell you my dishes are not authentic. So you might see a Thai, Indian, or Italian recipe but it will have ingredients that works for my husband and me.

Bernice cooking blog 2015 picture Cropped

Over the years this blog has evolved to discuss our day-trips and other adventures. Recently I invested in a Canon EOS Rebel 5i camera with a pretty nice zoom lens. Whenever there is an opportunity, the Canon comes along to capture our adventures and some of these photos are shared on this blog. I do have a second blog called The Testers Edge where I share my experiences, thoughts, and observations on the Software Testing field, career development, and the tech field in general.

We have many interests and one of them is healthy living. Although I enjoy the gooey slice of cheese and pepperoni New York Style pizza, there is the reality that we really are what we eat! This year, we will be exploring bringing more healthy ingredients and superfoods into our meals. Below are a few new ingredients we are exploring!
New Ingredients

I have always been a fan of superfoods such as yogurt, nuts, fruits, and vegetables without adding heavy sauces, sugars, and salt. My research has taken me to the polymeal, which is dedicated to bringing more healthy foods into your lifestyle that could help reduce cardiovascular disease and cancer. My background does not include training in nutrition therefore I will share my resources for your own decision making. I do not believe in diets as they tend to be temporary changes instead I believe in lifestyle changes. Below is my new collection of inspiration!
New cooking books

Healthiest Meals on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What Meals to Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden

The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden

Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients by The Editors of Whole Living Magazine

Superfood Kitchen: Cooking with Nature’s Most Amazing Foods by Morris, Julie

Stay tuned for new recipes that will include the traditional comfort food with many of them updated to control calories and the adventure into the polymeal and superfoods. I am pretty excited about the upcoming year and I hope you will enjoy and share in the journey with me!

I hope you find a recipe or two from my blog! And if you have a different spin on one of my recipes, I would love to hear from you. Stay tune for a delicious journey!

Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

Chicken Cacciatore with a Port Wine Tomato Sauce

Wood Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Wood Grilled Flatbread closeup

Caprese Salad close up

44 replies

  1. Hi! Since I enjoy your site so much, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. If you’d like to re-post the award on your blog, please check out my post here and follow the steps outlined : http://perisspiceladle.com/2012/03/27/kreativ-blogger-award/


  2. I can actually connect with you as i like easy, qick and yet healthy recipes! You have a lovely blog!

  3. I found your blog when I googled Trek 3.0 I just got rid of my mountain bike of 25 years that my husband bought me in college. It was getting to uncomfortable to ride so with much trepidation I gave it away. I found the Trek and loved it so I bought it today. Thank you for sharing your information about the padded shorts. It’s exactly what I wanted to hear. I have an iphone and will get the holder too. I related to everything you said about biking. I have to try the crab cakes! I never pass them up if they are on a menu. As for all things motorized, my husband is a pilot… I need not say more. Thank you for the time and thought you have put into your blog. Alexandria

    • Thank you Alexandria for stopping by and sharing your experiences! I now love cycling with my Trek bike! The padded shorts with the gel seats does help – plus of course just getting use to riding again. I found I got into shape quickly for our hiking trip to NH once I got my Trek bike. Not only do I LOVE my iPhone (I had other mobile devices) the holder is really nice to track your trips. The crab cakes are really good – but they are different than if they are deep fried. Your husband must witness some amazing views being a pilot! Have a great day! Bernice

  4. Hi Bernice, I enjoy your blog and so I want to present you ‘One Lovely Blog’ Award. Please do visit following link for further details http://vinicooksveg.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/thanks-for-appreciation-and-awards/
    Thank you.

  5. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!
    Please visit me at http://onmyplateblog.wordpress.com/category/award-recognition/ to find out what this is all about.
    To join or not is completely your choice. Either way, I shall continue to be a huge fan of your work. Cheers! ^^

  6. Thanks for liking a few of my posts, it helped me find your blog. I am very much in agreement with your views and experience of dining out, and I’m busy too but would rather put the time and effort into eating better at home – and knowing exactly what I am eating! Look forward to reading more of your posts, Tracey

  7. Hi Bernice! Thanks for stopping by Cuppanatter. You might also enjoy another blog I write, Candle & Quill. Your site looks great, with a wide variety of interests! I’m quite new to the whole blogging scene, so it’s inspiring!

  8. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Always glad to connect with another fan and blogger. Nice blog, by the way. Everything looks great!

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  10. Hi, Bernice. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. If this is something you’ve already received, I apologize; and then please ignore the following url.

  11. Hi Bernice,

    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog.

    I am also working in the software testing industry and shares your passion in photography.

    But cooking is not my area of interest, that I have completely left to my wife πŸ™‚

    Enjoyed your blog very much and we will follow your cooking and photography.

    • Sreejith – I also love your photography! It is wonderful to be able to travel around the world – virtually! I love the testing industry and community. There is always something to learn. I also have a testing blog: The Testers Edge – where I share my experiences, observations, and experiences. I look forward to viewing your photography! Bernice

      • Hi Bernice, Thanks a lot for your nice comments.

        It would be great if you can share the link to your Testing Blog.

        I have been in this domain for around 9 years and really like to explore what’s happening in this domain around the world.

      • Hi, Sreejith,

        I have been blogging almost 2-years and love connecting with people around the world. On my testing blog I am currently posting a series on developing your leadership skills. http://thetestersedge.com/

        Take Care, Bernice

  12. Hey there! Thank yo very much for recently visiting our blog and liking a recent post! It’s been a great experience being part of this expat community. Talking abut being an expat, I’d like to invite you to visit our article on ‘Bolivia for expats’, our current home…. at least, for a while!
    It’d be great if you could leave your feedback for us – thank you very much and wishes for a great holiday season!

  13. Hi Bernice,
    I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the dragon’s loyalty award. Congratulation and hope you can take it up. More info can be found at
    I see that you already have this award so please take it as a sign of my appreciation . Cheers Irene

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  15. Hello there. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve poked around here and I like what I see. You have a new follower πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I am glad you like my blog – it is a mixture of my interests that goes beyond cooking! I am always looking for something interesting to post from recipes to artwork and interesting destinations.

  16. I found you by way of Willow’s post today. Nice place you have here. πŸ˜›

  17. Hey, thanks for the like! I do a lot of cooking, so maybe I’ll try out some of your stuff.

  18. And…I’m from NY in my previous life … up near Plattsburgh!

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