Bean and corn salad

Corn and Bean Salad Recipe

Here's another great salad recipe from Raising the Salad Bar, which has become one of my favorite cookbooks.  This calls for black beans but the first time I made it I used pinto beans. The second time I made it I had black beans. Both times it was … [Read More...]

pasta with breadcrumbs

Pasta with Breadcrumbs from Lidia’s Italy

My youngest texted me from Australia the other day, where she's studying for a semester, because she was making olio e aglio (oil and garlic) pasta, which my former mother-in-law taught me how to make. It was funny that she was making that because … [Read More...]

snap pea and radish salad recipe

Snap Pea and Radish Salad Recipe

At the grocery store I saw snap peas and remembered this salad I had made a couple of years ago.  It just says spring to me!  This is from The Comfort Table (affiliate link) by Katie Lee Joel. There are some great recipes in there, both for main … [Read More...]

roast cauliflower

Roast Cauliflower Recipe

Last night I was barbecuing a steak and cooking a spaghetti squash in the oven. Looking through the vegetable drawer I spied half a cauliflower and decided I could bump up the heat on the spaghetti squash so I could roast the cauliflower at the same … [Read More...]

Random Lessons

Garbage Bowl and Tips for Fresh Asparagus

Boy, work has intruded! Too much work, too many clients, and an out of town trip to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday combined to cause a long lag in posts. I fixed my new favorite salmon recipe, having swung by Trader Joe’s to get the chopped hazelnuts the day before we left. It was a […]

How to cook artichokes

How to Cook Artichokes

I go for the ultra simple method of cooking artichokes, basically simmering in water for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the artichoke. There is a bit of prep work first. Trim the stem off off the bottom of the artichoke, including just the barest bit of the bottom of the leaves. Trim about […]

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Using Leftovers

stir fry sauce

Stir Fry from Leftover Beef Teriyaki, Onions, Bamboo Shoots

Tonight I wanted a quick dinner that used up some leftovers.  I had some leftover flank steak teriyaki from the other night and thought I’d do a quick stir-fry, made easier with this refrigerator stir-fry sauce I had mixed up earlier! (See my earlier post on a stir-fry with shrimp.) PrintStir Fry from Leftover Beef […]

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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