My daughter and I made an arrangement whereby she’d come to my apartment on Tuesday, we’d have a lovely homemade dinner while watching Monday night’s DVRd version of So You Think You Can Dance, a show we both love for the fantastic choreography and skilled dancers while objecting to comments unfavorable by some judge who … More Taco Tuesday Home Buffet, Not Tacos
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
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
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.
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
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
Frittatas are popular here because they provide dinner, leftovers and, usually, breakfast the next day. This one had three baking-size russets, caramelized and raw onion, a whole can of the fire-roasted roasted green chilis stirred into the five eggs, cubed pepper jack cheese pushed into the seasoned hot potato and onion mix here and there … More Green Chili n Pepper Jack Frittata
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
There were a good number of celery outer stalks in the fridge, some BBQ pork slices and a packet of petit peas in the freeze as well as some leftover Basmati rice and a couple freshly hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. What to make? Yes, variation on an old standby not made in a long … More Fried Rice, no bean sprouts? What to do?
Since summertime 2014, most Tuesday dinners involved some items or spices typically associated with Mexican food and were called, in a name widely used elsewhere, Taco Tuesdays. It seldom involved tacos, but often involved the leanest ground beef with taco seasoning. (I could write a mini-book with those recipes; maybe I will someday.) My daughter’s … More Stuffed Eggplant