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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 […]

Raw Artichoke Salad

When you grow artichokes (or anything else really), you need to find new ways to eat them!  This raw artichoke salad is one I’ve now made many times. I don’t measure anything anymore and often make it from just one artichoke just for me. I got the original recipe from Buvette (Amazon link), a cookbook I […]

Sweet Zucchini Pickles

One of the customers on Marlo’s route gave him a jar of sweet zucchini pickles one year and he couldn’t stop raving about them last summer when I was blessed with an abundance of zucchini. His customer was happy to share the recipe, but couldn’t remember which recipe he’d used. He gave us three different […]

Greek Turkey Burgers for Two

I love gyros and sometimes I make these fake gyros for dinner. But I have to plan ahead enough to have pita bread and my planning ahead has really fallen by the wayside when I’m just cooking for one or two most of the time. I saw these Greek Turkey Burgers in my latest issue […]

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese for One or Two

Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese is quick and easy to make. It’s also easy to stir in some ham, peas, asparagus or whatever you like to add to your mac and cheese. And you can cook it all in one saucepan. You just reduce heavy cream, then add the grated cheese to it and stir until […]

Recipes from the Past

Chicken Curry with Patak’s Mild Curry Paste

Made some chicken curry tonight with Pataks Mild Curry Paste 10 Oz (affiliate link).  You use about half a jar for a huge amount of curry.  I’ve followed the same basic recipe with various curry pastes and each one is slightly different but very good!  I got the recipe from Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How […]

Ground Lamb Kofta

We like my fake Gyros I make with ground beef but I’ve been wanting to try them with ground lamb or a mixture and I finally saw some ground lamb at the grocery store. And I will do that one day…but tonight I saw this recipe for Kofta Kebabs on and decided to try […]

Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad Recipe

I like cucumbers and find that a just a few plants climbing up a cage can keep us well supplied in cucumbers for the summer. I’m growing a different variety than last year and they are much better, fewer seeds and not all prickly on the outside.   The girls like them just plain, sliced in […]

Deviled Ham Recipe

I’ve seen those cans of deviled ham in the grocery store but to the best of my memory I’ve never EATEN deviled ham, either storebought or homemade. But I saw the ham in the fridge and wanted to try something new with it and thought of deviled ham for some reason. I started with the […]

Ginger, Lemon and Turmeric Rice

This goes great with Indian food, which is why it’s shown with the salmon tikka, salmon rubbed with tandoori paste and then quickly cooked in a skillet. The recipe is from Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals (affiliate link), one of my favorite cookbooks. When I cook Indian food, it’s […]