Kitchen Shenanigans

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Something old is new again!

Trying a new old recipe today: Sour cream/dill/cucumber salad. My mom used to make it, though not often. She got the recipe from a Hungarian friend who sometimes made it with sour cream, sometimes more of a vinaigrette dressing. It starts with very thin-sliced cucumber in a bowl with salt. The salt... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

What's new?

I have discovered that I like mashed cauliflower. I have not tried mashing it myself: It comes from companies that do mashed potatoes, to be found in the refridgerated section along with lunch meats, at least where I shop. It is a bit on the salty side for me, but then I probably under-salt most... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 12, 2022


Yesterday we had mashed potatoes, pre-made ones you just heat in the microwave, stir and serve. But between the stirring and serving, I added a good couple of dollops--maybe a half-cup--of herb and garlic Alouette. That's basically cream cheese with flavors added. And, man, does that kick up mashed... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Salad Days and Dietary Alternatives

My friend and I set up a salad bar for our lunch. She and her two teen daughters were both here, and one of them likes salad, the other ate peanut butter with apples and carrots. We had a wonderful array of salads, and each of us made a different one. We had mixed greens, sugar snap peas, tomatoes,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Lunch time!

Today... Bratwurst with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes. It would be good on a sandwich bun, but also on a bed of greens. Could add some eggplant, too. The tomatoes were three big heirloom ones in the dollar-a-bag bin the other day. They are very soft, nearly ready for a bad variety show,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Spring cleaning?

Yes... I am doing the spring cleaning that has been backburnered from around Spring 2013. It's the dining room with its wall of cups and teapots and very, very much dust. So that brings the kitchen into it as they are all taking turns in the dishwasher. It is definitely shenanigan-ish! I once had a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Speaking of meatloaf... Goldiec did in her post this morning, I just got thinking of how tasty it is! I have not made one in quite a long time, but last night I fried up a burger and put some ketchup on it as it cooked, flipped it ketchup side down to carmelize the sauce. It was not a nice rich, flavorful meatloaf,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022


I put this here because this is about the guy who keeps my kitchen running properly! He has fixed the garbage disposal, a leaky faucet, an electrical outlet... And yesterday, replaced the circuit in the electrical box without which I have no microwave, no lights! For once, it's a story about a great... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022


Drinking tea this morning, not just because I have run out of almond milk, but because of a find at the thrift store the other day. It is, perhaps, intended to be a cookie jar, but I have put it through the dishwasher and now filled it with a collection of tea-bags given to me last Christmas in... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Value for money: Ordering delivery

Last night I shelled out $50 for Chinese food: two entrees, two large soups, two little carry-out buckets of rice. Sounds extravagant, but consider that there were two dinners, one each for Charlie and me. Then two breakfasts from leftovers, and today I am making soups with my own additions--four... Sign in to see full entry.

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