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.

Blog

A Sardine Sandwich – Who Knew?

A Sardine Sandwich – Who Knew?

I’m supposed to eat more oily little fishes.  Besides just eating sardines straight out of the tin, I have been looking into other ways to use the little fishies. Then yesterday Sam the Cooking Guy posted a video of him recreating an after-school snack his […]

Pinterest Fail!  Slow Cooker Charro Beans

Pinterest Fail! Slow Cooker Charro Beans

I’ve been trying to do a few more slower cooker meals just to make weeknight dinners a little easier. I’d never made beans in the slow cooker before, saw this recipe on on Pinterest, and thought, I like Charro beans!  I’ll give it a try. […]

A Chocolate Drink from Cocoa Beans

A Chocolate Drink from Cocoa Beans

On our recent trip to Costa Rica, I took a chocolate tour at Tirimbina and at the end of the chocolate tour the guide, Sergio, gave me a small bag of cocoa beans. Last night I decided I needed to do something with them before […]

Eating Rice in Costa Rica

Eating Rice in Costa Rica

I was away from my kitchen for a few weeks because Steve and I were vacationing in Costa Rica. The vacation was primarily bird-watching (my husband is the birdwatcher), but we still had to eat!  And I think that it is pretty obvious that I […]

Almost no cooking for the last month! Grilled steaks, fruit, cheese andsalami

Almost no cooking for the last month! Grilled steaks, fruit, cheese andsalami

With one thing and another, I have done almost no cooking in the last month. First I was on a two-week business trip, then I was back barely six days before taking off on vacation.  And with this vacation we have been exclusively in hotels, […]

What’s been happening in my kitchen

What’s been happening in my kitchen

I haven’t made any new recipes this week, and I was traveling last week. But today I did a LOT of cooking (although nothing new). The menu: Chips and Salsa Crab Ball Shrimp Cocktail Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Frida Kahlo Zucchini Salad Summer in a Bowl […]

What should I do with my CSA share THIS week?

What should I do with my CSA share THIS week?

There is just so much good stuff I don’t know what to make first.  Plus I bought 10 lbs of tomato seconds so I need to process those too. Trying to decide if I want to make baba ganoush, eggplant Parmesan, or ratatouille with the […]

Morning Day Cafe, Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Penzeys

Morning Day Cafe, Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Penzeys

The kitchen hasn’t had a lot of activity late.  Because of some health issues I’m on a very restricted diet.  That makes trying and making new recipes a bit of a challenge, although I have done some. I broke up with the restrictions some yesterday, […]

I can show you what was happening in my kitchen Saturday, but I can’ttell you the details.

I can show you what was happening in my kitchen Saturday, but I can’ttell you the details.

Seriously, I promised.  So I can show you some pictures, but I strategically didn’t show the right amounts of ingredients, and just won’t even tell you the spices or the times involved.  What I can tell you it was delicious.  Also a couple of things […]

A Belated Anniversary Dinner

A Belated Anniversary Dinner

We have busy schedules.  It only took us 10 days to arrange an anniversary dinner!  Simple but good, tri tip on the grill and butter steamed Desiree potatoes. Follow the instructions on the site below for the tri-tip and it will come out perfectly every […]