Russian Salad

Russian Salad from Verdura

I picked up a used copy of VERDURA: Vegetables Italian Style by Viana La Place after reading multiple posts on Chowhound about how great the recipes are. I'm quite glad I did. I've mostly been making the salads but there are lots of pastas, soups, … [Read More...]


Stuffed Baked Potato with Bacon and Egg

Last night I was craving a loaded baked potato.  I remembered a recipe for stuffed baked potatoes in Plenty by Diana Henry. In my twice-baked potato world, I bake the potatoes, scrape the cooked potato out, mash up the baked potato insides with … [Read More...]

spinach, avocado and mango salad

Spinach, Avocado and Mango Salad

Shopping at Costco when you're hungry and have a veg and fruit loving daughter with you can be dangerous! We have lots of produce to eat up.  When I made the beef spiedini the other night, I also made a large salad with spinach, avocado, mango and … [Read More...]

how to cut an avocado

How to Cut an Avocado

For years, I've been cutting avocados in half, using a large knife to whack the seed and pull it out and then cutting or slicing the avocado in the skin, using a spoon to scrape the pieces out. I don't remember where I saw this new-to-me way of … [Read More...]

beef spiedini

Beef Spiedini Recipe

My youngest asked if I could make beef spiedini, little beef rolls. She was remembering some of the great food she'd had when she visited her grandparents in Florida a few years ago, including the beef spiedini.  I went online to look for a recipe … [Read More...]

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cooking bacon

Guest Post: Bacon, Onion, Parsley and Yogurt Omelet

Hi, I’m Allison, Ellen’s youngest daughter. Tonight, my sister was out, so I decided to make dinner for my mom. It was my first time cooking a meal on my own, and mom enjoyed it so much that she told me I had to blog it. I decided that my meal was going to be […]

Meat Sauce from Hamburgers and Cheater Garlic Bread

It’s summer barbecue time, graduation party time, hanging out at the pool and barbecuing time. I love it! A friend held a graduation party for her son last week. She did a fantastic job with the food and they barbecued chicken, steak, burgers and hot dogs. And had lots of burgers left. I took some […]

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Using Leftovers

Monday: Soup from Leftovers

I decided upon a soup and sandwich night tonight. The sandwich part was easy: bacon and tomato. I’ve got loads of tomatoes in the garden but that little nip in the air reminds me they won’t be here forever so I should enjoy them now! I started the soup going (“recipe” below) then spread the […]

Mexican Inspired Chicken Soup

Sort of Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

I wanted some soup for lunches later in the week so cooked this up to go with the carne asada soft tacos I was making for dinner. I wanted something Mexican oriented and with some vegetables so played around a bit and came up with this soup. I used some corn I had frozen after […]

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