Minestrone Soup from An Everlasting Meal

I periodically pick up and re-read portions of Tamar Adler’s An Everlasting Meal (affiliate link). It’s a great read to get your creative cooking juices going. And it’s focused on using things up and doing a little work now that can be used tomorrow, etc.  Highly recommended but not just a recipe book! And this Minestrone […]

Corned Beef and Reuben Sandwiches

I don’t think there’s much disagreement about what goes into a Reuben sandwich.  Corned beef, sauerkraut, (Swiss) cheese, Russian dressing and rye bread.  I suppose you could argue about what kind of rye bread and what kind of cheese if you wanted. Make your own Russian dressing, for sure. It’s easy and tastes great. I […]

Sausage, Spinach, White Bean and Cauliflower Soup

The other day I made breaded and fried cauliflower. I made a great soup with the leftover cauliflower, along with some fresh spinach, canned beans and chicken apple sausage. I used Pam Anderson’s formula from How to Cook Without a Book, an easy set of ratios to remember with an onion, a pound each of […]

Best Chicken Salad

I’ve been playing around with chicken salad and have discovered some new-to-me tricks. I’ve broken the pattern down so you can see how to customize this with different ingredients and make the best chicken salad according to suit your tastes. The Chicken For the star of the salad I usually use leftover chicken so everything […]

Fried Rice with Steak, Asparagus and Carrots

Fried rice is one of my oldest’s favorite dinners yet somehow it’s been ages since I made it.  It’s a great way to use up bits of vegetables and meat, in this case some leftover steak and a handful of raw asparagus. It works best with leftover rice but in a pinch I’ve made it […]