black bean and cheese quesadillas

Black Bean Quesadillas / Fried Tacos

I am enjoying Love Your Leftovers by Nick Evans.  I cooked up his Spicy Black Beans yesterday morning and then realized I could try out his self-described cross between tacos and quesadillas.   Basically, put a thin coating of oil in a pan, add a … [Read More...]

green salad

Macheesmo’s House Salad Dressing

I just bought Love Your Leftovers: Through Savvy Meal Planning Turn Classic Main Dishes into More than 100 Delicious Recipes, which looks very promising.  Nick Evans writes the food blog Macheesmo. The book gives you some great recipes you can fix … [Read More...]

meat sauce

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

I've done many variations of spaghetti and meat sauce over the years, like this 30 minute meat sauce or this cook all afternoon "Sunday Gravy" from The Sopranos Cookbook.  If you have time to cook the sauce a long time, you can use canned diced … [Read More...]

Sesame Ginger Salmon

If you cook dinner every night, you know the hardest part is sometimes just coming up with the menu!  I challenged my daughter to plan dinner. I was happy to do the cooking but I was brain-dead.  I'd bought some frozen wild salmon at the grocery … [Read More...]

peeling an apple

Peeling Apples

When I was little, I was always amazed when my mom could peel an apple continuously, leaving just one long strip of peel.  I've arrived!   … [Read More...]

Just Learning to Cook? Start Here

Read my quick start article and then explore the site for some new recipes to try.

Slash Your Food Bill

Do you need to slash your food bill? I've been there, more than once. I've had to track every penny and experiment with cheap cuts of meat I didn't know how to cook and new vegetables I hadn't eaten before. So I started keeping notes on our favorites recipes. I also started writing articles on various money-saving tips and techniques.