Pork and Mango Kebabs

Pork and Mango Kebabs

I picked up a copy of Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food by Nigel Slater. It has over 600 recipes for those times "you just want to eat" without futzing around too much.  In addition to the sandwich I made earlier with chicken, avocado and an herb … [Read More...]

broccoli rabe, sausage and pasta

Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

This pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage is from Lidia's Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees, which I borrowed from the library. I have other cookbooks from her and love them so thought it would … [Read More...]

fried rice

Fried Rice with Steak, Asparagus and Carrots

Fried rice is one of my oldest's favorite dinners yet somehow it's been ages since I made it.  It's a great way to use up bits of vegetables and meat, in this case some leftover steak and a handful of raw asparagus. It works best with leftover rice … [Read More...]

Random Lessons

Roast Garlic with Homegrown Garlic

I grow my own garlic and had the best harvest this year, due in part, I believe, to the lasagna gardening method I tried. Just a few week ago I used up the last of last year’s garlic so am now starting to cut the heads off the new braid hanging in the kitchen. Last […]

How to Clean your Coffee Maker

Periodically, my coffee maker starts running very slowly.  We live in a hard water area. I’ve learned that if I run a few cups of distilled white vinegar through it, then follow by running 3-4 pots of plain water though it, it clears up and runs like new again. Anyone have some other tips on […]

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Using Leftovers

Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe

A dinner of leftovers tonight. I can hardly cook when the doorbell keeps ringing! First, I had some leftover Sort of Mexican Chicken Soup.  I added a large spoonful of this avocado pico del gallo and some crushed tortilla chips. Mmm! I also used the last of the cooked chicken to make a chicken salad […]

Turkey Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Just in time for Thanksgiving here in the US. I roasted a turkey on Sunday, sort of a pre-holiday feast since I won’t be hosting turkey day this year. Nothing fancy about the roasting I did–just an herbed butter rubbed all over. Made some broth from the carcass yesterday, of course, and will make some […]

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