Kitchen Shenanigans

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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.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Marinade, roast, eat, repeat...

Charlie's first attempt to make Chinese barbecue pork-- char sui --was deliciously successful, but the piece of pork shrank to much smaller than expected. So we went back to the grocery store where, as it happened, pork shoulder was 2 for 1, and pork loin was also on sale. How fortuitous! The loin... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

I hope it works!

Charlie is making char sui --Chinese barbecue pork--using a recipe from someone actually Chinese who has made it for his family for years. It involves a marinade of many more and less exotic ingredients and soaking for hours, but then takes only about an hour in the oven. I love this classic Chinese... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Summer Fruits!

Trader Joe's has peaches right now. They have the usual yellow ones, and also donut peaches. They are flattish and round, with a small roundish seed in the center. It's a cling, the kind with the flesh clinging to the stone. A few years ago, I asked at the local grocery store whether their peaches... Sign in to see full entry.

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