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

Meat Sauce from Hamburgers and Cheater Garlic Bread

It’s summer barbecue time, graduation party time, hanging out at the pool and barbecuing time. I love it! A friend held a graduation party for her son last week. She did a fantastic job with the food and they barbecued chicken, steak, burgers and hot dogs. And had lots of burgers left. I took some […]

Cooking and Planning Ahead

On my CheapCooking discussion group, someone asked for help getting a reasonable dinner on the table when she didn’t get a home until 6pm. People chimed in with all kinds of great ideas, most of which boiled down to planning ahead and cooking ahead just a bit on weekends if you could. All the talk […]

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Using Leftovers

Soup from the Freezer

Yesterday we had tuna melts and soup for dinner, a favorite weeknight quickie. For the soup, I pulled out a quart of turkey broth from the freezer and a bag of leftover roast vegetables. Heated the broth, added the vegetables, and seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. That was it! Easy and delicious. […]

Creamed Turkey with Cheese

Serve this over mashed potatoes, toast, English muffins, cornbread–whatever! 1/4 cup butter1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)1/4 cup flour2 cups chicken broth1 cup milk2 cups diced turkey (or chicken, of course)1/2 cup grated cheese (optional) Melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until softened, stirring. Stir in the flour, stirring constantly and let […]

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