Latest Cheap Recipes and Blog Posts

Using Up Leftovers in Sandwiches: Kale Salad

I love having a salad or two in the refrigerator during the warmer weather. This kale salad holds up well and everyone I’ve served it to loves it. I’d never thought to make a kale salad sandwich before though.  I made the kale salad for dinner one evening, then had some for lunch a few […]

Overnight Pizza Dough from Jim Lahey

This Overnight Pizza Dough from Jim Lahey is my new favorite for a planned pizza night. I know I’ve said that before!  I’ve got several recipes that are good for starting the afternoon you want to make pizza. They take an hour or two.  This one from My Pizza: The Easy No-Knead Way to Make […]

Pureed Beets with Yogurt and Za’atar from Jerusalem

Saturday we had lunch with some friends, over in the cooler part of the bay area. It was nice to escape the heat–and even better to visit with our friends. I brought a couple of dips as appetizers and gambled on a new one that had caught my eye, Pureed Beets with Yogurt and Za’atar […]

Corn Quesadilla

I made the best lunch the other day: a corn quesadilla with avocado and salsa.    The corn was leftover grilled corn on the cob. If you don’t have any leftover corn, you can cut the kernels off and saute them quickly in a pan like I did with these corn and zucchini chalupas. Just heat […]

Sculptures and Fountain Installed at The Ruth Bancroft Garden

I mentioned before that I’ve been learning to weld and do wood turning. Over the weekend Marlo and I installed two sculptures and a fountain at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, an amazing 3.5 acres of succulents and drought-tolerant plants. This is a fund-raiser for the garden, with about 50 artists from around […]

Recipes from the Past

Bread Crumb Topped Barramundi

This recipe came from The Six O’Clock Scramble: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Dinner Recipes for Busy Families and was originally for flounder to serve four. The book was initially sent to me for review and I’ve continually turned to it for good healthy and fast recipes. The book is organized into 13 weeks of seasonal […]

Braided Bread Recipe

This is part of my fiction cooking series. 😉  The recipe comes courtesy of Food to Die For. You don’t have to braid it of course but it sure does look pretty!  I divided the dough in half and braided half for dinner and cooked the other half in a loaf pan so we could […]

Quick Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Capers

This quick spaghetti with tomatoes and capers also has fresh basil, garlic and bread crumbs. I’ve made pasta with breadcrumbs before and loved the texture of the crunchy breadcrumbs with the soft pasta.  Adding tomatoes and capers adds another layer of flavor. As an aside, I always have fresh bread crumbs in the freezer. They’re […]

Saffron Rice in a Rice Cooker

NOT CheapCooking but quite good. 1 Tbs oil 1 Tbs minced onion 1 cup rice 2 cups chicken broth 1 pinch saffron Put the rice cooker on cook and heat a Tbs of oil, then add 1 Tbs of minced onion and cook a few minutes until softened. Stir in the rice and cook a […]

Grilled Tri Tip Roast with Montreal Steak Seasoning

This is yet another of the few mixes I really like.  I buy it at Costco at a price that is hard to beat but if you want to make your own I found this recipe online. I’ve used it on chicken and steak as well as fried potatoes and grilled asparagus. Last night I […]