potato pancakes

Potato Pancakes aka Latkes

My regular potato pancake recipe has baking powder in it in addition to flour. I picked it up from a booklet on frugal cooking that I bought 20 years ago. These used to regularly show up on the dinner menu here, with applesauce. After going to a few … [Read More...]

marinated grilled pork tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Asian Marinade

This pork tenderloin is sliced, pounded, then marinated in a marinade that reminded me of Vietnamese flavors. They were in Cooking Light magazine as part of a "cook once, eat three times" article.  I just used one pork tenderloin rather than two but … [Read More...]

Stir-Fried Asparagus

Stir-Fried Asparagus with Garlic

I was hoping to post this Chinese chicken recipe I saw online. I've got a great picture even! Alas, the sauce was way too salty. I hate that. But the good news is that I looked around for a stir fry vegetable to serve with the chicken and found … [Read More...]

Bread, Pepper & Ricotta Frittata

Bread, Pepper and Ricotta Frittata

Frittatas can be made with nearly anything you have around or nearly nothing, as long as you have some eggs and a vegetable of some kind.  Last night I saw the idea of adding stale bread to the egg mixture in Lidia's Italy in America in her recipe … [Read More...]

Random Lessons

chicken cutlets

How to Make Chicken Cutlets

Chicken cutlets are a favorite around here. I vary them now and then but our absolute favorite is how I prepared them tonight.   The variations I’ve done over the years include pounding rather than slicing thinly, eggs and water for the binding rather than eggs and soy sauce and lemon juice, not marinading at all, […]

Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie aka Cottage Pie Recipe

I’ve played around with a number of Shepherd’s Pie recipes and I think tonight’s was the best yet. First, I will say yes I know that this technically was a “Cottage Pie” if you’re British apparently. I used ground beef rather than lamb.  In my part of the US, it would be called Shepherd’s Pie […]

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Using Leftovers

Huevos Rancheros

Repurposed Food: Steak Soft Tacos with Black Beans

A few nights ago I made my own corn tortillas using my new tortilla press (affiliate link) and made huevos rancheros for myself and a friend for dinner, cooking up some canned black beans with some spices, cooked onions and tomatoes and using my own chickens’ fresh eggs! Cheap and delicious! I had leftover corn […]

What to Do with Leftover Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns

We had a wonderful surprise birthday party barbecue here last weekend. It left me with some surplus hot dog and hamburger buns. Some I made room for in the freezer.  Here are a few other ideas if you find yourself in the same situation. These are things I’ve done in the past that worked out […]

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