Kitchen Shenanigans

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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Chokes and Cheese!

I had four artichokes to cook. They were sitting in a grocery bag, drying out since they came home a few days ago. So, since I was awake so very early this morning, they got processed and into the oven by 6am, and were out again, all done, an hour later. Now they will get their little furry bits... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 10, 2022

beating the heating

As temperatures rise with summer, all my kitchen shenanigans are aimed towards coolness. For instance, I have iced coffee today instead of hot. I have never cared that much about coffee temperature. My dad liked it as hot as possible, and black. My mom often had a cup in her laundry/sewing room that... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

In praise of purple food

Last night I steamed some purple asparagus. I've only ever had the common green variety before, and this stuff was pricey at the checkout, but every dollar spent at the grocery store is a discount at the gas pump, so I am willing to spend a bit more than I must. It was pretty good, too: Big, thick... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Loving summer treats! Anyone want a corn dog? Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

cooking corn

I just found out that corn on the cob, with all its fiber, is within my range of carb consumption! So I brought home some fresh corn in the husks to cook the usual way I do: trimming the stem and silk ends, then roasting it in the husk for about an hour at 325. The moisture in the husk steams it,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 13, 2022

...and Garden Shenanigans!

This wooden table base has been in the storage for quite a long time. I brought it out to get rid of it at the yardsale this past weekend, but I started to get ideas when I saw it again. Happily, it didn't sell. Instead, this all happened: At Lowes, I found this sturdy... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022


It used to be either eggs or hot cereal: My mom alternated them, and the cereal varied between corn meal mush, oatmeal, and wheatena mostly. Small glass of orange juice, tall glass of milk... that was breakfast on weekdays. She had a lot of different recipes for eggs besides the old standards. One... Sign in to see full entry.

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