Kitchen Shenanigans

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

Best Party Plans!

Adnohr mentioned home-made pizza in a comment, and that reminded me of one of my favorite lunch or dinner party things: I provide little individual sized pizza crusts, and lay out a selection of sauces and toppings, and heat up the oven. Everyone makes their own pizza to their own taste! An... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022


It builds up so gradually, it's hardly noticeable if you are not like my Mom who noticed every thing and cleaned constantly. She had a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics, even, though she was not proud of it, and one of her life-long sadnesses was that she fell only a couple of credits short of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

TV kitchen shenanigans

There are so many cooking shows these days, and some are goofy, some are more educational, some are just plain fun. The Great British Baking Show is one of my favorites from way back: With all its changes over the seasons, one thing that has been reliable is the courtesy and kindness of the group of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Leftovers

Yesterday's experimenting worked out and made two tasty meals. Both the perked-up sauces worked out, and the ketchup was better than I thought it might be. I don't generally add ketchup to chicken, but it was okay. I think next time I will try them as marinades, not just on the skin. Cauliflower... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 26, 2022

playing with the sauces again...

I've just put into the oven some big pieces of cauliflower. Some I brushed with the spiced-up sauce I made the other day. Another I dressed up with some balsamic vinaigrette. Then I put in another pan with some chicken thighes, one with the spicey sauce, one with just ketchup, and one with the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Inventing a saucy sauce

This morning, after putting some basic flavors--smoke, Yoshida sauce, crushed garlic--on some pork loin, and popped that in a slow oven, I looked at the remains of the crushed garlic in its big jar, and got the idea of making some cooking sauce of my own. Into the jar went more Yoshida and smoke... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Recommended: Trader Joe's Vegetable Masala Burgers

There is this idea that vegetarian food tends to be bland. If you like Indian flavors, this is one you might really appreciate. Trader Joe's Masala Burgers are spicy without being mouth-burning. They are 19 carbs each, with corn and potatoes in them, if that's something you need to take note of. I... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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