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

Mrs. W’s Tamale Casserole. Now with Sriracha. Also leaves, a Seattle crane.

I spent some summers during university years as a live-in cook/keeper for a family with a “cabin” in a country club on Bainbridge Island where they spent that part of the year. As with any family, they had a rotating menu of favorites for which the recipes were available for whatever cook was in the … More Mrs. W’s Tamale Casserole. Now with Sriracha. Also leaves, a Seattle crane.

How to prepare for big storm: Bake! Loaded Frittata, Hard Flour Banana Nut Bread

The first of two expected windstorms in the Pacific Northwest passed yesterday with leaves and branches and plenty of fresh air. The second, more powerful storm, is already hitting the coast and expected here in the Seattle area beginning in a couple hours. While it’s not necessary — at least locally — to fill the … More How to prepare for big storm: Bake! Loaded Frittata, Hard Flour Banana Nut Bread

Making Skillet Bread, serving it with marinated cold salmon and avocado

You look up a recipe online. Another recipe on the side catches your eye, which it would because those sneaky corporate algorithms have enough of your search data to choose and place more appealing items on the periphery of whatever you’re reading. Yesterday such a recipe idea was making naan or pita or flatbread with … More Making Skillet Bread, serving it with marinated cold salmon and avocado

Broccoli Souffle with Sharp Cheddar n Chipotle Sauce

Broccoli was well used tonight as the star of a souffle and in the old-fashioned pickle- marinated form along with yellow onion and baby grape tomatoes. There was leftover Chicken and Eggplant Khoresh* with Persian-Adwiya seasoned basmati rice from the freezer for the main course, and for dessert, a slice of a neighbor’s yummy Mexican … More Broccoli Souffle with Sharp Cheddar n Chipotle Sauce