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Roasted Green Olives

These roasted green olives are cooked with orange zest and juice, garlic slices, rosemary sprigs, olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes. They are fantastic served warm but also delicious left over the next day and served at room temperature. I could not stop nibbling on them and am about to make another batch because […]

Chicken Pot Pie with Mushrooms and Leeks

Last night I made chicken pot pie with mushrooms and leeks for dinner. I picked up some boneless skinless chicken thighs on sale the other day, with no clear plan as to what I was going to make.  I used to plan out my meals every week and sometimes I still do that. But when […]

Corn and Three Onion Chowder with Roasted Hatch Chiles

This corn and three onion chowder came about because I’ve been cooking more with leeks lately. It was definitely soup weather and a chowder sounded perfect to me. I had some corn in the freezer, as well as some roasted Hatch green chiles. I also had some leftover steamed sauteed potatoes so I used those up […]

Cauliflower Cheese & Beer Soup

I have made cauliflower soup many times and I’ve made cheese and beer soup several times, and plain cheddar cheese soup as well. The other night it was cold here and I wanted soup again.  I’ve already made one batch of vegetable soup from Thanksgiving’s turkey. But I wanted something heartier this time. I spotted […]

Bubble and Squeak (Colcannon) Revised

I’ve made bubble and squeak several times but I’ve always made it by cooking the cabbage and potatoes separately or using leftover mashed potatoes. As I was thumbing through Joy of Cooking (Amazon link) the other night I saw that they cook the potatoes and cabbage (and green onions) together in one pot, then mash […]

Recipes from the Past

Stir Fried Tofu, Broccoli, and Red Pepper

Although we eat a lot of meat, we also all like tofu so I often find myself playing around with different stir fries with tofu. The original recipe for this called for hoisin sauce but i didn’t have any so used some jarred black bean sauce instead. It also called for yellow pepper but I […]

How to Roast a Small Turkey

Since we went away for Thanksgiving (and had a fabulous dinner at my sister’s!), my girls’ were feeling shortchanged. My sister generously sent us home with some leftover turkey, among other things, but after a batch of turkey enchiladas and a few sandwiches, it was gone. I bought a turkey and fixed it last weekend, […]

Harissa Chicken with Leeks and Potatoes

I’ve discovered a new love: harissa!  I kept seeing it mentioned but didn’t even know what to look for, then I stumbled across a jar of it at one of our local Middle Eastern markets. It’s a Middle Eastern chili paste and I suspect the spice levels can vary a bit.  Then I bought Dinner: […]

Oh So Simple White Bean and Ham Soup Recipe

This is from The Supper Book: 10th Anniversary Edition by Marion Cunningham. Kind of funny–you can buy a hardcover of this on Amazon (used) for $3 (plus shipping) but the paperback version, that I have is $8 (still a deal!). This is so simple, but so delicious. Certainly frugal, let’s see $1 for the beans, […]

Raising the Salad Bar: Book Review

I just bought this book, Raising the Salad Bar, and am loving it! The book covers regular green leafy salads, some grain salads, meat and seafood main dish kind of salads, chicken salad, pasta salad… I had some friends over for a 4th of July barbecue tonight and the book was laying out, as I’d […]