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.

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Gouda and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Portobellos

Gouda and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Portobellos

Here’s the backstory:  I’m trying to do a lower carb diet, and I got to craving one of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches—roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, and Gouda cheese. I wanted the flavors, but not the bread. My first thought was to do caramelized onions […]

Marinated Tuna Steak

Marinated Tuna Steak

Tuna looked good at the fish counter the other night, and I hadn’t made this for awhile, so I picked up two.  The recipe calls for fresh parsley, and fresh oregano, but I had none and dried worked fine.  I was also putting together the […]

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 […]

My First Effort at Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

My First Effort at Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

I am not going to pretend I am a gumbo expert, or that I know everything there is to know about gumbo.  Far from it.  I have never even watched someone make gumbo. Mainly I like to eat it, and my brother makes the best […]

Brown Sugar Crockpot Ham

Brown Sugar Crockpot Ham

You can’t really call this a recipe.  You need two ingredients – brown sugar and a bone-in, butt portion ham. I found the instructions for this on Pinterest, but I can’t find the site again so can’t link to it.  However, it is so simple […]

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 […]

Crockpot Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Carrots in a Honey Orange Sauce

Crockpot Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Carrots in a Honey Orange Sauce

Company was arriving, it was a Friday, and I had to work that day. I wanted something easy, but good, and I thought of a play on a Crockpot recipe I have made a few times recently. Neither Steve or his aunt like spicy food, […]

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Yogurt Sauce, Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with Yogurt Sauce, Pomegranate and Hazelnuts

As so often happens, I was seduced by produce at the grocery store.  This time, it was pomegranates that were on sale, and I bought 2. In a week we are headed out for 2 weeks in Costa Rica, so it is the standard rush […]

Baked White Fish in a Sour Cream/Parmesan Sauce

Baked White Fish in a Sour Cream/Parmesan Sauce

The original recipe for this used halibut, but I had cod.  And the recipe calls for Parmesan cheese but I had a wedge of another hard cheese that is similar that I needed to use up.  In other words, the recipe really became more of […]

Roasted Green Chili and Pork Soup/Stew

Roasted Green Chili and Pork Soup/Stew

Roasted Green Chili and Pork Soup/Stew I can never resist the smell of chilis roasting.  I bought some last year at Kansas City’s City Market, and toward the end of the summer I kept checking with the farmers who had the peppers to find out […]