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...]

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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 […]

Frozen Foods and Kids’ Sports

A confession. Tonight I “warmed” (hard to say cooked!) frozen ravioli and breaded fish filets for dinner! I did make an easy mock alfredo sauce for the cheese ravioli but the rest of dinner was high on convenience and suitable for our sports’ night dinner. My girls swim from 5:15 to 6:45. It’s just down […]

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Using Leftovers

Mexican Inspired Chicken Soup

Sort of Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe

I wanted some soup for lunches later in the week so cooked this up to go with the carne asada soft tacos I was making for dinner. I wanted something Mexican oriented and with some vegetables so played around a bit and came up with this soup. I used some corn I had frozen after […]

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.) I forgot to take a […]

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