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Pizza Two Ways

Pizza Two Ways

  I was pretty bummed today, because of my dog, Bo’s, increasing arthritis pain.  I know the end is coming soon and it’s pretty much breaking my heart. He still has moments of joy, especially in the morning, when it’s time to go out and […]

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

  Boy, I’m really on a roll, here.  I’ll break out of my same old rut if it kills me. It occurred to me yesterday, while I was making Coconut Chicken Curry, that I’ve never made fajitas!  I’ve never even tasted a fajita.  When eating […]

Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut Chicken Curry

  I’ve been pouring through my recipe binders, cookbooks and, of course, the internet, looking for some new recipes. One of the reasons I used to stick to my tried-and-true recipes was because I hated the thought of all that work to turn out a […]

Crunchy Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples

Crunchy Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples

  I love Instagram.  I can’t believe I would ever like any form of social media, but I do, and here’s why. It’s filled with thousands of ordinary people, living their lives in the best way they possibly can.  There are parents with adored children, […]

Burgers with Olive Oil Steak Fries

Burgers with Olive Oil Steak Fries

  My feet are frozen.  Why?  Because I’ve been walking around in wet tennies, in an unheated house, with no socks on. Yesterday I bought a packet of heirloom Bibb lettuce called “Tennis Ball.”  Wouldn’t it be a fun job to develop a variety of […]

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Baked Chicken Taquitos

  I made two awesome hot sauces this past week, but haven’t actually had a chance to try them, until now (except for with tortilla chips, that is; it is absolutely essential one tests one’s fresh hot sauce multiple times in order to get it […]

Brandy Dijon Chicken

Brandy Dijon Chicken

  This was our sky tonight on our driveway.  It was an amazing day, full of sun.  In Oregon in the winter, this is an unexpected gift, because we are known for our annual 7 months of rain. I strolled (ok, I didn’t stroll.  I […]

Peach Balsamic Chicken

Peach Balsamic Chicken

  A couple of years ago, the girls came with us to pick peaches at this gorgeous peach orchard out in the country.  Just the spectacular view of the Oregon Coast Range was enough to make the trip worthwhile. The owners would rope off the […]

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Hearts

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Hearts

  I saw something the other day on Pinterest, which reminded me that I have a silicone heart muffin mold. I’ve always made a semi-big deal about Valentine’s Day with the kids.  I’d decorate the table and get them all a book.  One time I […]

Hazelnut Crusted Chicken with Spinach Pesto Pasta

Hazelnut Crusted Chicken with Spinach Pesto Pasta

  I want to tell you about my blogging friend, Verla Fortier.  She is this beautiful, vibrant gal who looks half her age, because of her love of trees and exercise in the great outdoors.  She’s a passionate, happy woman who positively glows.  Hiking, skiing […]

Chinese Pepper Steak

Chinese Pepper Steak

  The only reason I was looking forward to grocery shopping this morning was the chance of making it to 10,000 steps.  I only did 4,000, but tell my knees that! The one thing that is so awesome about my store is their huge bulk […]

Martini Pork Medallions

Martini Pork Medallions

  I got up this morning and noticed, while I was making the coffee, that there was this huge puddle on the floor by the refrigerator. Apparently, my kitchen floor is as sloping as every other floor in this nutcase of a house, because a […]

Dried Chile Hot Sauce

Dried Chile Hot Sauce

  I brought my mug of Healthnut Soup up to the loft just now, to eat for brunch in front of the laptop.  I’ve got this awesome little toy tool for you.  For all I know, everyone and their sister uses these things; I’m not exactly […]

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

  I’ve got to come up with something for dinner tonight that doesn’t involve my spending hours and hours in the kitchen.  My sciatica has reached an all-time high!  Ugh. I got the nicest surprise in the mail yesterday.  My eldest daughter used to get […]

Jalapeno Hot Sauce

Jalapeno Hot Sauce

  Sunday was the Super Bowl, so of course Bill wanted nachos in front of the tv. I briefly considered joining him, and then I thought of all that yummy, melted cheese and decided to have my baked ground chicken tostada, instead. A couple of […]

Mostaccioli with Lemon Parmesan Coconut Milk

Mostaccioli with Lemon Parmesan Coconut Milk

I’m going to really go out on a limb, here.  I found out yesterday that coconut milk has a strong tendency to curdle when heated.  So, while I’ve never had that particular problem, now I’m paranoid.  Personally, I think ignorance is bliss. To make this […]

Light Chicken Marsala with Mashed Cauliflower

Light Chicken Marsala with Mashed Cauliflower

  My original recipe for Chicken Marsala calls for either heavy whipping cream or plenty of butter, to thicken and enrich the sauce. Since I have discovered Light Coconut Milk, I’m trying to find ways to use it as a substitute.  It’s very healthy and […]

Light Chicken Piccata

Light Chicken Piccata

  I was skeptical about this lighter version of Chicken Piccata before I made it, but it got 5 stars, so I thought, what the heck. The original recipe I love uses 6 Tablespoons of butter, so I felt it would be quite a challenge […]

Veggie Tarragon Omelet

Veggie Tarragon Omelet

  I just spent about 10 minutes cleaning orange juice concentrate off of my kitchen counter, drawers and floor.  What a mess. People who invent these cute little tabs that you’re supposed to grab and peel obviously don’t consider those of us with arthritis.  I […]

Chicken Marinade with Dijon, Honey and Lemon

Chicken Marinade with Dijon, Honey and Lemon

  I called the doctor’s office again, since I was pretty sure it was Monday and that they’d be open. I’m just kidding.  I may think a Saturday is a Friday, but I’d never mistake a Monday! Of course, next Monday and Wednesday, Bill will […]

Burritos on Homemade Spinach Tortillas

Burritos on Homemade Spinach Tortillas

  Tonight I am making Ground Chicken Burritos with Pureed Black Beans, Restaurant Style Mexican Rice (that I wrote about yesterday), and Homemade Spinach Flour Tortillas.  I can’t wait for dinner! You can throw all of this together in minutes, if you use store-bought ingredients.  […]

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

  I called my doctor’s office today to complain about their giving me one, 30 day supply of a med I’ve taken for 20 years, with NO refills!  God, those people.  Sometimes I feel like I’m dealing with the federal government! When I got the […]

Greek Pizza

Greek Pizza

  Bill asked for ground beef pizza tonight.  I’ll make him one that’s maybe 8 inches in diameter and throw in plenty of vegetables. I’m having Greek.  It’s pretty amazing and still healthy! This is Alton Brown’s recipe for homemade pizza dough.  It took me […]

Lemon Chicken with Oregano and Thyme

Lemon Chicken with Oregano and Thyme

  I really do love my FitBit (click on this for the Amazon link) that my daughter got me.  It specializes in two things: constantly reminding me of what a slothful, useless individual I am, always sitting on my rear end at this laptop; and, […]

Whole Grain Mustard and Sage Chicken Salad

Whole Grain Mustard and Sage Chicken Salad

  My daughter in Florida is on a keto diet.  Why she’s on a diet in the first place is beyond me, but you know how easy it is for women to be self-critical. It sounds pretty yummy – I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?  […]

Parmesan Tarragon Chicken

Parmesan Tarragon Chicken

  This dinner may leave my halo ever-so-slightly tarnished, but I can deal with that.  First of all, all I’ve had to eat today is a mug of Healthnut Soup.  Secondly, olive oil is good for the heart and Panko with Parmesan is good for […]

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Lemon Thyme Chicken

  I’m still atoning for my food sins of the past weekend.  Calorie-wise, it will probably take me about 2 weeks to compensate for the pork (1/2) burrito and ½ a croissant sandwich.  Why is that, anyway?  Oh, well; I don’t really mind, because it […]

Black Bean Soup with Coconut Milk

Black Bean Soup with Coconut Milk

  You’ve seen one, you’ve seen a million.  There is nothing all that unique about this Black Bean Soup, with one exception: Light Coconut Milk. Coconut Milk is my new best friend and I’m going to start stocking it, from here on out.  Any time […]

Lean and Mean Burgers and Fries

Lean and Mean Burgers and Fries

  Yesterday, Bill and I got a chance to see our granddaughter attend her circus class.  It was amazing!  I have to admit that, in spite of its horrible traffic and exorbitant cost of housing, Portland is a great place for raising kids – if […]

Louise Belcher Cupcakes

Louise Belcher Cupcakes

  Remind me not to quit my day job and become a baker (I don’t have a day job, but that’s beside the point!) My granddaughter has this thing for a cartoon called “Bob’s Burgers” and loves the character, Louise Belcher.  Never heard of either. […]

Ground Chicken Tostadas

Ground Chicken Tostadas

  After being lured into the idea of tacos for dinner, thanks to Instagram, I decided to make the healthiest version possible.  Except for the taco seasoning, that is.  I’d use my homemade mix, but I really prefer the packaged stuff.  It’s probably got a […]

Figgy Balsamic Glaze for Chicken

Figgy Balsamic Glaze for Chicken

  This “recipe” tonight is brought to you, courtesy of the Food Angel that sits on one of my shoulders.  Swear to God, if the nuns and my mother hadn’t instilled in me such a huge Super Ego, I would weigh 400 pounds.  So, thanks, […]

Coconut Panko Chicken Tenders

Coconut Panko Chicken Tenders

  One of my very least favorite chores is scrubbing the bathtub. Because of my two knee replacements, I just can’t kneel. It’s excruciating to even try. Well, last night I decided to get a hot bath for my poor, achin’ back, since Bill wouldn’t […]

Orange Salad Dressing

Orange Salad Dressing

I was starving by 4:00 this afternoon.  What I wanted to do was get into the leftover Homemade Crunchy Beef Tacos.  Surprisingly, the taco shells do not get soggy or tough or anything when microwaved the next day.  They were kind of broken, but I […]

Homemade Crunchy Beef Tacos

Homemade Crunchy Beef Tacos

  My halo is shiny enough for the moment.  I just finished yet another mug of Healthnut Soup. I was going to make Ground Beef Enchiladas for tonight, but then I thought of all that cheese.  So, I settled on some good old comfort food […]



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