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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

Skewered Vegetables

I came home from the grocery store loaded with vegetables and fruits. Something about this great summer weather. I cut up some strawberries, pineapple and apple so the girls could easily pack some fruit salad for lunches. The pineapple is just perfect! I kept nibbling on pieces as I worked. I also brought home a […]

Easy Cornbread Recipe

We all love cornbread here. You can vary the flour/cornmeal ratio a bit depending on how heavy you want it. I use buttermilk, yogurt or plain milk, depending on what I have around. Have Leftover Cornbread? When my eldest was a child, she would happily break up chunks of leftover cornbread into a bowl, cover […]

Tex-Mex Squash Casserole from the Homesick Texan

Are you sick of zucchini yet? If you’re growing your own and perhaps in a foolish moment planted more than one like I did, you may well be! Having a variety is fun and they combine well in this Tex-Mex Squash Casserole but if you only have one kind, I’m sure it will taste equally […]

Canning Tomato Sauce

I’m canning my tomato sauce for the first time this year. Last year I just froze it in freezer bags, which is easier. Unless the power goes out. ;(  Plus, I like the idea of using reusable glass containers rather than plastic bags. Dog Island Farm has a great post which sums up everything you […]

Menu for Last Week

For the first time in many weeks, I planned out dinners. Even if I don’t plan out in advance, I sometimes just write we had down on a small whiteboard hanging on my frig. It helps me keep track of leftovers and makes sure I don’t get in rut. 1) Chinese Chicken Salad 2) Ziti […]