Veggie Garbage Stock

One of the items that often goes to waste in my house is vegetables. Mostly because I tend to over purchase and my spouse doesn’t like eating anything that is slightly off. I often feel really bad about this but haven’t really been able to consistently solve the problem.

This past weekend I was cleaning out …


Blackberry Jam

The farm where I picked peaches also had blackberries and because I’m a big berry fan I picked a container of them to make something with. Initially I thought I’d make ice cream but I ran out of time to do that. So I decided to make some jam instead because my dad really likes …


Recipe Cache

I’m the kind of cook who really likes to collect recipes. I’m extremely grateful I live in the modern era where I can do this digitally rather than physically clipping stuff and sticking scraps of paper into the cookbook like my grandmother. However, the process is still pretty imperfect. I have a recipe program that …


Oven fried chicken and vegetables

I really like fried breaded chicken breasts, zucchini and eggplant paired with pasta. But, I always feel kind of guilty when I pan fry these in oil. I keep trying to come up with alternatives. The typical approach would be to grill all of these things. However, in my opinion the finished texture just isn’t …


Holiday Food recap

I made some pretty great things over the holidays but have been super bogged down and not able to write much. So I decided to do a so please holiday food recap with some recipe links.
Christmas Day I hosted festivities at my house and made several things. For breakfast, I made buttermilk herb cheese scones. …


Squash Gnocchi

Every time fall rolls around my CSA box starts to include lots of squash. Typically this is acorn or butternut squash, but this year the box included kabocha squash. I’m never really sure what to do with winter squash. The fall el nino was 1 he was very willing to eat pureed squash. However, neither …


Chicken Cacciatore

I am always trying new recipes trying to find new things that will big hits for my family. My hope is to expand what I call the recipe rotation. I’m not a big fan of chicken. There are a limited number of ways I like it. Baked chicken with gravy, chicken pot pie, chicken Milanese, and …


When the planned meal goes sideways

Nothing is more frustrating to a cook tyhan when the meal you planned goes sideways. This can happen for several reasons.

Someone unintentionally eats one of your ingredients. WTF chocolate chips aren’t a snack!
The dish itself fails. It tastes awful or burns or something truly awful
You forget to thaw your meat

The third reason happens to me …