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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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?  […]

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. […]

Herbal Chicken on Red Quinoa

Herbal Chicken on Red Quinoa

  I was scouring through my recipe binder this afternoon, trying to find something healthy to eat that I haven’t made yet for this blog.  Pretty sure I’ll be trying a bunch of untried Pinterest recipes from here on out.  Admittedly, my limited repertoire could […]

Saints’ and Sinners’ Homemade Pizza

Saints’ and Sinners’ Homemade Pizza

  Bill has been a good sport about my health kick the last couple of weeks, so I thought I’d reward him with the “Sinners’” version of my much healthier “Saintly” version. This pizza dough recipe comes from Alton Brown and, as usual, he is […]

Ham, Cheese and Egg Muffins

Ham, Cheese and Egg Muffins

  I don’t know how it happens.  The week takes forever, but the weekend flies by in the wink of an eye.  Of course, Bill has been working Saturdays, too, so that doesn’t help. Sundays mean a lot of time in the kitchen, preparing for […]

Polish My Halo Spinach and Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Polish My Halo Spinach and Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

  I finally finished packing the 13 bins that hold all of our Christmas decorations.  I always dread that task, but I finally managed to get it done, at least. Last night’s soft homemade chicken taco dinner sort of went south. Bill was supposed to […]

Homemade Corn Tortillas and Soft Chicken Tacos

Homemade Corn Tortillas and Soft Chicken Tacos

  Yesterday I finished my Healthnut Dump Soup that I made sometime last week (yay, me – I had a mug every single day!), so I had to make another batch.  So, I’ll be good for another week. And I forced myself to do 45 […]

Chicken, Vegetable and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken, Vegetable and Wild Rice Soup

  I am making this tonight because I’m on a health and fitness roll. I am having a difficult time taking 10,000 steps a day.  I certainly don’t go outside for a walk, not in this cold, rainy weather.  Just because I live on a […]

Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

Breakfast Burritos for Dinner

  Just for the record, I wrote this way before Christmas, when our bacon lovin’ vegetarian granddaughter was visiting and I was stumped as to what to make for her!  So, no, I haven’t given up on my healthy New Year’s goals! This breakfast burrito […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

  I was setting the table for our Christmas Eve dinner today and I put new tapers in the Santa candle holders.  Of course, I lit the wicks first and then blew them out and trimmed them to 1/4 inch. My mother always told me […]

How to Teach the Kids “The 12 Days of Christmas”

How to Teach the Kids “The 12 Days of Christmas”

  Here’s a quick post with an idea on how to teach your kids “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” My granddaughter is “5 ½ and ¾,” which is pretty close to the truth.  She’ll be 6 in a month.   Anyway, way back in the […]

No Bake, Make Ahead Chocolate Peppermint Torte

No Bake, Make Ahead Chocolate Peppermint Torte

  This is the nicest dessert for your Christmas or Christmas Eve Dinner.  You can make it a few days ahead of time, wrap it lightly with foil (non-stick foil is best — not plastic wrap, which would stick to it), and store in the […]

A Spaghetti Sauce Worthy of Christmas Dinner

A Spaghetti Sauce Worthy of Christmas Dinner

  My granddaughter was here for four nights and the silence right now is kind of deafening. Don’t get me wrong – we loved every minute.  But this morning I had to peel her off the walls, she is so hyped up about Christmas. This […]

Spritz Cookie Recipe

Spritz Cookie Recipe

  My granddaughter is down the hill with Boompa, so I’ve got a minute to myself. By noon, I think I had used every baking utensil in the house.  And for me, that’s saying a LOT.  I have more utensils, tools, pots and pans and […]

Ground Beef or Chicken Tostadas

Ground Beef or Chicken Tostadas

  Bill will finally get his tostadas tonight.  I’m having chicken, but he’s getting good old ground beef with taco seasoning.  My stomach is just not up to that tonight! Our 5 year old granddaughter is here for 4 nights.  She keeps us laughing, with […]

Mail-able Brownies

Mail-able Brownies

  I found this recipe called “Bake-Sale Brownies” in one of my very favorite cookbooks, which is called “The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.”  (here’s a link, if you’re interested:  http://amzn.to/2CICv7k ).  This book has a zillion really reliable and good recipes. It was given to me […]

Homemade Snowman Parts

Homemade Snowman Parts

  It took me 5 ½ hours to drive into Portland and back yesterday.  I had a last visit with my wonderful (retiring) knee and hip surgeon.  I have said in the past that no one should be forced into dealing with a specialist who […]

Quick-Baked Pasta with Ground Beef and Mozzarella

Quick-Baked Pasta with Ground Beef and Mozzarella

  I seem to be on a roll these days, with the comfort food.  Aaarrgghh! Oh, well, somehow I’ll get over it.  I’ll make up for this dish by serving it with a nice, big spinach salad with a lemon vinaigrette. Ok, I just lied.  […]

When NOT to Leave Your Warming Quiche to Throw on Some Mascara

When NOT to Leave Your Warming Quiche to Throw on Some Mascara

  Yep, this is a good example of what NOT to do when you are re-warming your quiche, the morning after your holiday dinner. My oven has been acting up for a week or more (great timing, right??), vascillating between 325° and 475°, while I’m […]

Save that Turkey Broth for Next Year’s Gravy!

Save that Turkey Broth for Next Year’s Gravy!

  Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, as far as I’m concerned.  It’s all about food, family and celebration, without the stress of all that endless nervous fidgeting about What-to-Get-Whoever.  Ugh. That being said, hosting Thanksgiving and the next day is a LOT of work.  My […]

Artisan French Bread for the Best Turkey Sandwiches, Ever!

Artisan French Bread for the Best Turkey Sandwiches, Ever!

  I feel like bread baking, because it’s cold and rainy and it’s that kind of day.  I added up the actual hands-on time with this bread, and it came to less than 15 minutes over two days.  It’s no big deal, seriously! The day […]

Two Brunch Make Aheads – Sweet Apple Hand-Pies and Bacon

Two Brunch Make Aheads – Sweet Apple Hand-Pies and Bacon

  I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I think, during a really exciting year, we’d have maybe a temperature range of somewhere around 30°. I was enamored with the notion of living where there were seasons.  Look at the beautiful snow they […]

Too-Tired-to-Care Turkey Pot Pie

Too-Tired-to-Care Turkey Pot Pie

  I never quite made my Goal-of-the-Day, which was to get a shower before Bill got home.  My blog and Thanksgiving prep were keeping me chained to the kitchen. I went so far as to lay out real clothes in the bathroom, complete with 2 […]

Easy Step by Step French Bread Rolls

Easy Step by Step French Bread Rolls

  My phone gave up the ghost 11 days, 6 hours and 23 minutes ago.  But who’s counting? When your phone is broken and you live in an empty nest which is 8 miles from your small town, with only the company of two labs […]

Fool Proof Pie Crust Tips for the Pastry Impaired

Fool Proof Pie Crust Tips for the Pastry Impaired

  This photo comes from my breakfast table.  When my granddaughter was about 3 or so, she was sitting there, munching away and quietly contemplating this weirdly dressed couple.  After a few minutes, she turned to us and said, “Whoz deez guys?”  It cracks us […]

Pork Loin or Tenderloin Scaloppine

Pork Loin or Tenderloin Scaloppine

  I don’t know about you, but the two weeks before a holiday are a pretty crazy time of year for me.  There’s the menu planning, the grocery shopping (I order online and Bill picks up, which ROCKS), the list double-checking, making sure the guest […]

Best. Granola. Ever.

Best. Granola. Ever.

  I’m going to thank the cute Sarah, behind “Whole and Heavenly Oven,” for this amazing, fool-proof granola recipe.  It will last for weeks if you keep it in mason jars in the fridge.  I’ve made minor tweaks, but that’s my problem. Ok, maybe not […]

Sherry Meatballs

Sherry Meatballs

  I won’t lie to you.  These yummy puppies take a bit of time, but then they sit and simmer away, filling the house with a delicious aroma.  Asking nothing more of you than a mere salad to go with. I would not substitute any […]

Wonton Soup in Minutes

Wonton Soup in Minutes

  You’re going to love me for this.  I think you’ll have dinner on the table in half an hour, if you make the salad. I’m assuming you’ll buy frozen wontons for this soup.  I like to make my own, but I don’t really have a […]

Spinach and Feta Quiche

Spinach and Feta Quiche

  This is a great quiche for you to serve the morning after Thanksgiving, if you have overnight family and friends.  I usually make the pie crust dough, and freeze it in rounds, weeks before.  When I get some free time, I’ll thaw a round […]

Fast and Easy Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Butter Sauce

Fast and Easy Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Butter Sauce

  As usual, when I try a recipe, I have to put my own, personal stamp on it.  Sometimes I do that even before I’ve tasted it.  Go figure.   Maybe I do that so I can pretend I invented the recipe.  Wouldn’t put it past […]

Ham and Cheese Pub Dinner with Oven Fries

Ham and Cheese Pub Dinner with Oven Fries

  Tonight I was just too damned tired to make much of a dinner. I had the best of intentions.  Well, you know what they say about the road to hell. I had scoured through my old, worn recipe binder and found something relatively easy […]



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