Frugality in the Fridge

Two things that are always rattling around my fridge are open containers of chicken/beef/veggie broth and opened jars of spaghetti sauce. I tend to use some and then the rest hang out in there for God knows how long. When I go to grab an open container of these items I never know how old … Read more

Ice Cream Cake

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Ice Cream Cake

For my birthday this year, I decided I wanted to do what we do for everyone else in the family – have their favorite dinner at home. So I made exactly what I wanted, exactly the way I wanted it. It was wonderful to do that for myself. For dessert, I decided I really wanted … Read more

Salt Baking Experiment

I’ve been reading about about baking things in a salt crust. It’s supposed to yield extremely moist and tender results. I saw a rutabaga roasted in a salt crust in a magazine recently and decided to give it a go. First I gently peeled the outer wax off the rutabaga. Then I mixed about 2 … Read more

Stuffed Delicata Squash

I came home with delicata squash this week from the CSA and wanted to do something with it, other than just slicing it up and roasting it or sauteing it. I ended up hollowing it out and stuffing it like a zucchini which let me use up more CSA veggies and resulted in a really … Read more

Crazy Good Ranch Potatoes

Warning: you’ll want to eat too much of this. I’m going to have to relegate this recipe to a once a year situation I think. It’s THAT good.  You end up with crunchy potatoes with a kicky ranch sauce with plenty of cheesy goodness. 4.5 from 2 reviews Crazy Good Ranch Potatoes   Print Serves: … Read more

Why I Cook

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Why I Cook

Lately there has been a lot of discussion in the media about family dinners. In case you didn’t know, family dinners will apparently solve all your family’s problems – from health issues, to mental health, to school performance and more. There has also been a glut of cookbooks lately that claim to make cooking family … Read more

Brazilian Cheese Puffs

Every couple of years or so we find ourselves at a Brazilian BBQ restaurant – sometimes called a churrascaria. If you’re not familiar, gauchos come around with hot rotisserie meats cooked on skewers and carve pieces off at your table. There is also a huge buffet of hot and cold items (and this is not … Read more

The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel

Today I’m announcing the publication of my Kindle book, The Gluten-Free Guide to Travel. To the point (28 pp) and nicely priced, this is a complete guide to traveling on a gluten-free diet, whether you are celiac, gluten intolerant, or simply choose not to eat gluten. Based on my travels in the US and abroad, … Read more

Homemade Peach Iced Tea

The worst thing to happen to me this year was the K cup coffee machine we bought. Ok, it wasn’t the worst thing, but it got me hooked. We discovered Snapple Peach Iced Tea K Cups. I rarely drink anything but water, but I was seduced by these. First of all, the K cups are … Read more

Corn Fritters

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Corn Fritters

We are deep into corn season here in western NY state. All the farm stands are selling it. I love corn on the cob, but after a few weeks I start to look for other ways to use it. One problem I have is I tend to make too much corn on the cob so … Read more