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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

Cheese Souffle

Another great recipe from this book! And just when I’m getting into this eat local, eat free range, etc. mode, my eldest came to me tonight and said “What would you think if I became a vegetarian?” I said I was fine with that and could certainly keep her well fed, but wanted to know […]

Maple Dijon Baked Chicken Thighs

Here’s another great recipe from The Six O’Clock Scramble: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Dinner Recipes for Busy Families I did this with thighs but you could easily use any bone-in chicken pieces, of course. She called for split chicken breasts and thighs, which tend to cook a little faster so I just left my thighs […]

Chicken Piccata for 2

An oldie but a goodie. Pound a chicken breast (or slice it in half if you’re lazy like me and it’s partially frozen), salt and pepper, dredge in flour then fry in some olive oil until done. Take it out of the pan. Add juice from half a lemon, 1/4 cup or so white wine, […]

Caribbean Red Bean and Pork Stew

I saw some pork stew meat on sale yesterday and decided to make some sort of stew that night.  I found this Caribbean stew with red beans and pork in my Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition – 2006.  I had everything else I needed, including a green pepper I picked from a pepper plant […]

Buttermilk Pancakes

I will use the powdered buttermilk when I haven’t planned ahead and it works fine…but it’s not as good as real buttermilk. I bought some real buttermilk last week and hadn’t gotten around to using it in anything. This morning, freshly returned from a nice Spring break at Disneyland, I decided buttermilk pancakes were in […]