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...]

Random Lessons

Book Review: Family Feasts for $75 a Week

I’ve been remiss in my book reviews lately.  I’ve enjoyed the Owl Haven blog for quite some time and was thrilled when I heard Mary Ostyn had a cookbook coming out. I didn’t even try to get a review copy but went out and bought a copy as soon as I saw it at our […]

bread crumbs

Waste Not, Want Not: Making Bread Crumbs

The other day we had two families over for dinner.  As part of the feast, we had bought a couple of baguettes to serve up with spinach dip. We didn’t eat them all up of course. I ate a few slices toasted with sliced tomatoes for breakfast the next day but  baguettes go stale fast!  […]

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Using Leftovers

Kitchen Sink Soup

Today I made “kitchen sink” or “garbage” soup for dinner. Here’s what I put in: a quart of hamburger broth (from boiling hamburger) a small container of mixed beans from the freezer a few cups of some turkey and vegetable soup I found in the freezer some leftover round steak and juices from the freezer […]

Cooking Crab Cakes from Leftover Crab

Recipe: Crab Cakes from Leftover Fresh Crab

Hopefully you can splurge now and then on some special food, whatever that is for your family. And then if there are leftovers you certainly don’t want to waste them! For us, or at least for me, it’s fresh crab, which is in season right now. It’s our traditional New Year’s Eve dinner and such […]

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