A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Appetizers

Crunchy Whole-Protein Tortilla Chips

Crunchy Whole-Protein Tortilla Chips

I often crave salty, crunchy things, but try to keep a check on things like chips. I’m a fan of Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, and have been trying a few of their other products like cinnamon raisin bread and these sprouted grain tortillas. This is […]

Parmesan Crisps

Parmesan Crisps

For the most part we try to go low-carb.  I like salty, crunchy things, and had tried some cheese crisps recently but they didn’t meet the need. I thought I would try again again with Parmesan, and they are a winner. I looked up a […]

Caprese Portobello Mushrooms

Caprese Portobello Mushrooms

I had an idea about making something with portobello mushrooms and was googling around trying to round out that idea when I came across this post by Cafe Delites. And while I’m still going to run with my other idea, first I made these delicious […]

Savory Oyster Crackers

Savory Oyster Crackers

This feels a little ridiculous to post.  But it did in fact happen in my kitchen last week, so here we go. Yep, it’s snackin’ oyster crackers baked in ranch seasoning.  I was doing my last minute Christmas-meal shopping and found myself in the cracker […]

Lemony Pea Mash on Toast–It’s not Guacamole!

Lemony Pea Mash on Toast–It’s not Guacamole!

Last week I made preserved lemons (see earlier post) to use in a cooking challenge with some of my friends.  This month the challenge is to make new-to-us recipes using preserved lemons. So tonight I made Lemony Pea Mash on toast. Unfortunately, this is a […]

Hummus

Hummus

I am trying a new recipe for lamb meatballs this week, and the meatballs are served with hummus. I decided to make the hummus today.  And while I was as it, have a little dish of hummus tonight too. The basics are usually the same […]

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail – Merri style

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail – Merri style

I love Mexican Shrimp Cocktail–that wonderful mixture of shrimp and avocado, usually some onions, probably cilantro and lime, all in a V-8 style juice mixture.  In my case, actual V-8. I had not made it at home before, but I had shrimp, avocado, cilantro, and […]

Holiday Crab Ball

Holiday Crab Ball

I suppose it is no coincidence that recent posts are heavy on my MIL Shirley’s creations.  They are always present at celebrations and holidays. It’s Thanksgiving, and it is just the two of us, and we are in a condo on vacation so I am […]

A Classic – Melon and Prosciutto

A Classic – Melon and Prosciutto

I’m currently waiting for the house to cool down so I can bake a peach pie.  So, I think it is a perfect time for a snack/dinner. Melon and prosciutto is a classic.  Salty and sweet, what’s not to love? Add a Ginger Lemon Radler […]

On a quest to recreate Sausage-Stuffed Banana Peppers

On a quest to recreate Sausage-Stuffed Banana Peppers

A few years ago someone brought sausage-stuffed banana peppers to a potluck.  They had grilled them and they were delicous!  I didn’t ask for the recipe, unfortunately. I like banana peppers sliced in salads, and I have pickled pepper rings.  But I had another pile […]