chewy almond squares

Chewy Almond Squares

This has become the new favorite dessert around here. They have the texture of a brownie but the taste of almonds. You can get the recipe here:   … [Read More...]

Roast carrots

Cooking Ahead: Roasting Vegetables

Last night it was just me for dinner and before I started I was re-reading parts of An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler, which is not full of recipes exactly but more like ideas. It's about not wasting food and cooking … [Read More...]

Harvard Beets

Harvard Beets

You can make these Harvard Beets with canned beets or roast or boiled fresh beets.  My girls both like these. It's not a strong pickling, like pickled beets. More like a sweet and sour mild flavor.   … [Read More...]

Vietnamese pork vermicelli bowl

Vietnamese Grilled Pork and Vermicelli Bowl

One of my favorite things to order at a Vietnamese restaurant is the pork vermicelli bowls.  The pork is incredibly flavorful and the combination of textures (cold noodles, hot pork, crunchy bean sprouts and peanuts) and tastes (pickled carrots and … [Read More...]


Cooking from Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless

Where to start? So far I've made a handful of recipes from Mexican Everyday and they've all been great.  I don't know which was better last night, the grilled roadside chicken with roasted tomatillo salsa or the beans. The roadside chicken had a … [Read More...]

Random Lessons

cutting an onion

How to Dice Potatoes and Onions

In many recipes, you are called upon to slice or dice or chop potatoes. A long time ago, I learned that taking a bit of time to be methodical up-front to save a lot of time (and get more even pieces). Early in my cooking days, I just chopped wildly, rocking the knife back and […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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