The great vegetarian experiment, part 2.

Next up on my week of vegetarian cooking was a four cheese pasta bake. I was pretty excited about his one because it had a couple of my favorite ingredients: frozen spinach, sun dried tomatoes and wine.  This was the recipe I’d mentioned before about having a lot of cheese. I mean a lot. But…

The great vegetarian experiment, part 1.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on the lookout for vegetarian recipes. Husband J would like to eat more vegetarian – or even vegan- meals, but since I’m the main cook in the house it’s my call as to what’s for dinner. But I also try to get some input on the menu so I routinely…

Hungry

If you read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books as a child, or watched the tv show, and assumed it was all true, I’m here to shatter your illusions and tell you it wasn’t.  It was, in fact, a “lightly fictionalized account” of her childhood, but many parts of it were true, and many parts…

Baked Chicken Shawarma and Pilaf

If you have a child you know that sometimes your greatest victories in the kitchen come simply from not hearing the words, “This is too…(insert: spicy, hot, cold, squishy, weird, or just plain not good).” Sometimes you expect to hear them, and just don’t care anymore. That, people, was last night for me. I made…

Pork Roast

Sometimes the best thing about cooking dinner is that someone else is doing it. On Friday, doing the weekly shopping, I bought a pork roast, planning on having Pork Roast with Wine and Herb Gravy  tonight, but husband J said he would cook. Personally, I think he just wanted to show off, because the guy…

How to cook a cheap steak

In my internet wanderings this week I found a recipe, or treatment one might more accurately say, for steak. Salted steak.  Since I pretty much completely suck at cooking steak (how does one completely suck at cooking steak? It’s not rocket science! ) I thought I’d give it a try. So the secret is to…

The week ahead

Lately I’ve been more conscious about what we throw out, and how much money we spend. I have no problem paying for organic chicken, but we better use it all. I’ve also had those weeks where I’ve bought food and it sits in the fridge, because I bought it with no plan for it. I’m…

Here fishy-fishy

The other day I was shopping and I stopped at the meat counter just to see what looked good. The seafood case was still being set and the meat-cutter came out with a plate of swordfish and she stopped to show it to me. “Doesn’t this look amazing? This is some of the best swordfish…

Challah french toast with huckleberry syrup

I don’t make breakfasts like this all the time. Usually breakfast, on the weekends, is my go-to cafe au lait followed by oatmeal with almonds or with brown sugar and butter. But it’s the new year and I wanted to do something special before son j heads back to school tomorrow. For french toast I…

Happy New Year!

When I was a kid we knew where we would be every January first, and we knew what we would be doing. We would be at either my parent’s house in Sacramento, or at my godparent’s, E&B’s in Davs, or G&C’s in Carmichael, there would be breakfast and football, and playing, and more football, the…