Cooking on Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the man who introduced us to nature, history, hunting, and improvisational cooking! Speaking of cooking… in Dad’s honor, I messed around with one of my favorite recipes. I am out of potatoes, but had an abundance of lemons, and did not want to dirty up a bunch of bowls like I…

Drinking While Reading

Agatha Christie is one of my favorite authors and lately I’ve been trying out different collections of short stories. The Harlequin Tea Set is not one of my favorites, but two of the stories stand out: “The Mystery of the Spanish Chest” and “The Harlequin Tea Set.”  More about those two later! Hot cider is…

Hamburger and Potato Casserole

I’m not really one for hamburger casserole; however, when you have a lot of ground beef and potatoes that need to get eaten, this is a good place to start! And for once, I followed the recipe exactly (I know, I’m shocked, too)!

Grilled Deliciousness!

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been on a grilled cheese kick. But I don’t do “normal” grilled cheese… I use whole wheat bread from Aldis. In a frying pan, I melt unsalted butter, and then I put the bread in the pan. I heated the shredded beef in a separate pan while the…

My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

I used to be known for my chocolate chip cookies. Now I make brownies more often (more on that later, yum!). I used to make hundreds of cookies a few times a year and share them with all my students. You know, I need to start doing that again! Anyway, my friend and I went…

Whiskey Brisket Chili

I like to experiment with recipes, I don’t think I’ve made that a secret! So when I thought I’d invented whiskey in chili (it’s a thing), I had to throw a bunch of other ingredients together and see what happened. What happened was deliciousness! Typically when I make chili, it’s bean-heavy and I’ll use ground…

Best use for left over Pesto Dipping Sauce!

I’ve never made anything with bow-tie pasta before… What you see: Grated Parmesan Cheese 2 small sides of Pesto Sauce from my favorite Pizza Delivery Cherry tomatoes, sliced in half Salt and Pepper to taste All deliciousness!

Completely Made-Up Stir Fry

I forgot to write down the portions (harrumph!), but I do remember the ingredients for the chicken marinade: Olive oil Soy sauce Ginger (dried pieces) Garlic powder Oyster sauce Sesame oil White wine vinegar

Goulash

Before we get started, you need to know that I know my version of goulash is not the traditional version. I do not like soup and while I love stew, this is not a stew. It’s a marinara pasta dish that we’ve always called goulash. So, now you know. Ingredients: 2 mild Italian sausage links…

Stuffed Bell Peppers

When I grew up, my parents both cooked dinner. Sometimes together, sometimes on alternate nights. Mom’s recipes were tried and true; Dad’s were very inventive–sometimes gross looking, sometimes gross tasting, but always exciting. Stuffed peppers were one of my mom’s specialities and a personal favorite. Unfortunately, I don’t have her recipe and these didn’t taste…