Spicy Shrimp

Spicy Shrimp from Dinner: A Love Story

I've had this recipe flagged since I bought the book Dinner: A Love Story and I finally got around to making it. These shrimp are delicious!  The combination of spices was intriguing to me: smoked paprika, cumin, curry powder, cayenne and a pinch of … [Read More...]

cornbread salad from a gracious plenty

Cornbread Salad from A Gracious Plenty

I heard about this cookbook on the Chowhound home cooking board. (Warning: This board can do serious damage to your cookbook budget!)  Even though it didn't win the "cookbook of the month" (where everyone cooks and reviews recipes from the same … [Read More...]

apple walnut cake

Mom’s Apple Walnut Cake

I have this recipe on an old recipe card in my Mom's handwriting.  I used to make it when the girls were little and our apple trees were bursting with fruit...then somehow I didn't make it anymore. I ran across it the other day and had just picked … [Read More...]

zucchini and rice tart

Lidia’s Zucchini and Rice Tart

My niece is coming for dinner tonight and I thought it would be fun to have something to nibble on while I'm fixing dinner.  I saw this zucchini and rice tart and thought it sounded good and would taste fine the next day so I made it last night. I … [Read More...]

Random Lessons

Cheese Sauce Over…

Cheese sauce. This post on recipe copyrights had me thinking about the simple “recipes” that have perhaps endless variations, but are all basically the same. Cheese sauce is perhaps not quite as easy as boiling water–but nearly so! Here’s the basics for a medium thick sauce, about what you’d expect from a can of “cream […]

blue ceramic pig

The Pig that Sits at our Table

When the girls were little and I was working on their table manners, I spotted an idea in a magazine that I thought sounded fun. I found a cute little ceramic pig to put on the table.  He’s meant to be a salt shaker but he’s our “good manners” reminder. The way it worked was […]

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Using Leftovers

Cookies from Leftover Cereal

We all have it, I’m sure. Little bits of leftover cereal sitting around in boxes, going stale. No one’s going to eat it. I tried mixing the various bits of leftovers at one point and the girls looked at me quite strangely when I tried to get them to eat it one morning. And they’re […]

Time to Eat or Freeze those Thanksgiving Leftovers

From: http://origin-www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Turkey_Basics_Handling_Cooked_Dinners/index.asp “Storage of Leftovers Refrigerator (40 °F or below) Cooked turkey …… 3 to 4 days Cooked dishes and gravy …… 3 to 4 days Freezer (0 °F or below) Turkey, plain; slices or pieces …… 4 mos. Turkey covered with broth or gravy …… 6 mos. Cooked poultry dishes, stuffing, and gravy …… […]

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