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...]

vietnamese banh mi sandwiches

Banh Mi Sandwiches

My friend Marnie introduced me to banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese sandwiches with pickled daikon and carrot slivers, sliced cucumber, cilantro, sliced jalapeno peppers and your choice of protein. It's hard to say what exactly makes them so delicious! … [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 Freeze Ground Beef

Tip of the Day: How to Freeze Ground Beef

If you’re going to freeze ground beef, or other things, you want to have as little air as possible touching the meat. (Note: It does not affect the safety of the food, just the quality.)  The vacuum sealer things help out with this, of course, and I bought one a few years back when I […]

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Using Leftovers

Turkey “Shepherd’s” Pie

Okay, I’ve heard the purists say a shepherd’s pie should be made from minced lamb rather than ground beef so I have no idea what to call one made from turkey! But it was good and used up a bit of leftovers with a slightly different taste.

Meatball sandwich

Meatball Sandwich Recipe: Use Up Those Leftover Meatballs!

In truth, there’s hardly a recipe for a meatball sandwich. At its simplest, you take a French or hoagie roll, put a few meatballs on it, ladle some spaghetti sauce on it and eat. If you want to get a bit fancier, you’d use your own homemade meatballs. My favorite recipe uses ground pork and […]

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