Thank you, Bob McAllister, for Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

In 1969, while a nanny, I took a night extension class at Bainbridge Island High School with the late Bob McAllister who was to become a local icon teaching, writing and bringing play production to a superb level. Surprisingly, it changed my culinary life but had nothing to do with food. The class was World … More Thank you, Bob McAllister, for Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

Chipotle Beef Shepherd’s Pie with Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce

A special visitor from London was hungry for home-cooking and home atmosphere on a jam-packed business itinerary at our local, gigantic online retailer of everything imaginable to humans, animals and robots. It featured meetings including business breakfasts, networking lunches and evening dinners/drinks with more business people. I asked my daughter to find out what our … More Chipotle Beef Shepherd’s Pie with Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce

Unexpected Casserole: Roasted Veggies, Rice, Cheese Sauce

Sometimes we plan to make a certain dinner item, then make something else with the same ingredients. That’s the nature of cookery. Sometimes we don’t know exactly what we’re going to cook, but take steps to lead us in the direction we’ll ultimately take. Yesterday I’d intended to make a casserole of brown rice and … More Unexpected Casserole: Roasted Veggies, Rice, Cheese Sauce

Cilantro Chicken with Baba Khanooj: cross-cultural Long Meal Friday

I’m fond of mixing Mexican and Middle Eastern or Indian cuisines in the same meal, especially on a long-meal-Friday. * Tonight it was chicken breast marinated in dried cumin, coriander and red pepper flakes, fried a bit in the drippings left from roasting onions, red bell pepper and mushrooms, tossed with some fresh cilantro and … More Cilantro Chicken with Baba Khanooj: cross-cultural Long Meal Friday

In the kitchen with juliyya: Chocolate Mint Chews

A couple of my neighborhood girlies stopped by yesterday with a handmade Christmas card and hand-decorated snowman cookie for me. We decided, together with their mother, that we’d bake a quick dozen of a cookie which I’d wanted to demo in photos for some young family members now living in Minnesota, and thus not here … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Chocolate Mint Chews