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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Balsamic and Orange Chicken

Balsamic and Orange Chicken

  I am having some animal angst lately.  My darling Bo is 13 and isn’t doing very well.  The doctor thinks it’s the arthritis in his knees.  I’ve got him on anti-inflammatories and pain meds, and they seem to be helping. Molly, our 8 year […]

Chicken Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Chicken Pasta with Vodka Sauce

  This recipe comes to you, thanks to Rachael Ray.  Personally, I preferred to watch her when she wasn’t so damned famous, with all of her own cookware and dog food and what-have-you.  But back in my Food Network-obsessed days, I have to admit, I […]

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 […]

Parmesan Chicken

Parmesan Chicken

  Bill has only 10 days left of his horrible commute to Portland.  We’re sort of stocking up on the items we buy from Costco and the Asian Market, which are on his way home. Spending nearly 4 hours a day, fighting stop-and-go traffic for […]

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 […]

Pork Fried Rice

Pork Fried Rice

  I love my wok, and I love making and eating Asian food.  It used to be super cheap to go out for Chinese, but not anymore!  Even if we did have the money, this town doesn’t have a decent Chinese restaurant. So, I make […]

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 […]

Three Herb Chicken and Mushrooms

Three Herb Chicken and Mushrooms

  I just got home from schlepping some groceries.  It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, except for two things.  One, my sciatica (on both sides – ouch!) is horrible today; and two, there was a gal not that far from me […]

Apricot-Balsamic Chicken

Apricot-Balsamic Chicken

  I am sitting here, trying to figure out ways to avoid going down the hill and into town.  I need to return a bunch of stuff that came with our grocery pickup order. Someone was obviously new there.  Not only did they get my […]

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 Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein

  Sometimes I think it’s a downright miracle that I EVER manage to get anything accomplished.  Take this morning, for instance. I wanted to sleep in but the pain in my back wasn’t having it.  So, I got up, let Leo and the dogs out […]

Homemade Chicken Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes

Homemade Chicken Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes

  I don’t always feel like making my pasta from scratch, but every few weeks I will.  It really does taste incredibly light and bears almost no resemblance to the boxed kind. If this skill is something you’d like to master, you can get a […]

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 […]

Healthnut Soup

Healthnut Soup

  This Healthnut Soup will not win any beauty contests, if you throw the fresh spinach into the pot at the beginning.  The overall color will be a green gray, which is not exactly enticing.. So cook all the veggies and, just before blending, throw […]

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 […]



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