Leftover…Pasta and Cabbage

  My job is done, almost. I got my husband to eat chickpeas. I got my son to say he would eat cabbage – he balked at the sight of the legumes, but heck, I'm nearly home. Just about every ingredient is flexible or replaceable…cabbage and kale could switch places. Shallots and onion of justContinue reading “Leftover…Pasta and Cabbage”

Party Trick Cake

It must be my Bon Appetit week. I committed to this confection for a last minute get together. I was so distracted by wine and company, I made a couple of “alterations”. I skipped the fresh ginger, using half the amount of dried which I added to the dry ingredients, not the wet. I alsoContinue reading “Party Trick Cake”

Better Baked Beans

With back to back weekly snowstorms you can cook or clean. The former is more fun. Plus the latest 8-10 inches gave me a chance (an excuse?) to go through my recipe file. The root beer in the recipe caught my eye first, THEN I remembered its author, and my friend, Rick Rodgers gave itContinue reading “Better Baked Beans”

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Here's one way to use up leftover nuts. (Click here for the recipe) Use your faves. By request I made dry roasted salted peanut and slivered almond nut brittle. If using raw nuts, I suggest toasting them in a dry pan or a 350 oven before adding to the candy. Eat – B   PostedContinue reading “Untitled”

Polar Vortex Cake

  Baby boy asked for pound cake (and I don't mean the dog). And because I'm cocooning, or stress cooking, I made it. I've had this Gourmet recipe calling for browned butter in the file folder a few years. I'm not gifted in the pound cake department. Plus I have a vivid memory of myContinue reading “Polar Vortex Cake”

Meat Free Monday Pasta

In an effort to save $ I planned to use half a head of Napa cabbage shredded with pasta, cheese, and leftover cream. Plus I was parsimoniously planning to turn stale bread into crusty crumbs. But that plan bit the dust as I unfurled leaf after mildewed cabbage leaf. Gross. That left the cauliflower. WhileContinue reading “Meat Free Monday Pasta”

EZ Savory Scones

Oh no! I just remembered – book club tonight! …or PTA meeting…or a last minute office bribe. That's how fast I made these tasty tidbits. If you don't have scallions, try chives, or bacon! The ingredients are mostly pantry staples. I used cream instead of milk and cut them into two bite nibbles. That meansContinue reading “EZ Savory Scones”

Feelin’ Chili

Two things keep you warm during a polar vortex. Chili and dogs (chili dogs are good too – technically that's three). I didn't get a great picture of this week's ez prep turkey and bean chili, so I'm attaching a picture of two of the dogs. I will also include the recipe full of pantryContinue reading “Feelin’ Chili”

Not Fried Rice for Dinner

I'll be making this again for 3 reasons. It takes 5 ingredients, it takes 5 minutes, and it takes leftover rice noodles to an awesome new level. Ingredients 2 eggs, whisked up 3 scallions, sliced A quart of cooked rice noodles or spaghetti Soy sauce Veg oil Heat an 8 inch fry pan and coatContinue reading “Not Fried Rice for Dinner”

New Year’s Day Ribs…or Any Day!

Sticking with a theme that packaged food is better than mom's food, my son asked that the ribs I was making to welcome 2014 be smothered with bottled sauce. And I almost did it! But with my hand poised on 2 (!) overpriced condiments, I figured out a last minute compromise. A good friend gaveContinue reading “New Year’s Day Ribs…or Any Day!”