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.

Main Dish

Chicken Thighs with Harissa Vegetables from Cooking Light

Chicken Thighs with Harissa Vegetables from Cooking Light

My nephew had given me a tube of Harissa awhile back, and has asked me a few times if I had tried it yet.  I can finally say yes!   I saw this recipe in the October 2017 issue of Cooking Light and decided to […]

Chili Colorado made with Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company Mild ChiliPowder

Chili Colorado made with Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Company Mild ChiliPowder

A generous friend of mine sent me 2 containers of Mild Chili Powder from Santa Cruz Chili and Spice Company.  I had admired his Chili Colorado and he informed me that he had made it with red chili sauce using this spice. When I looked […]

Lemon-Sage Butter Roasted Chicken Quarters

Lemon-Sage Butter Roasted Chicken Quarters

I had some chicken quarters out to cook and I decided to roast them and use some of the lemon-sage butter I had made and frozen recently.   I loosened the skin and rubbed the butter under the skin, as well as all over the […]

Chile Relleno

Chile Relleno

One of my favorite things when I eat out at a Mexican restaurant is chile relleno.  And if I’m really lucky, one of my friend will make them for me occasionally.   But, I’ve never made them myself.  I’ve done some plays on them, in […]

Simon & Garfunkel Chicken

Simon & Garfunkel Chicken

I have been planting herb pots the last few years.  Different herbs seemed to do well each year.  And, at the end of the season, I start to have a bit of a rush to use up the herbs, either in meals or by preserving. […]

Pan Fried Fish with Avocado and Jalapeño Escabache

Pan Fried Fish with Avocado and Jalapeño Escabache

I still haven’t gone to the grocery store since returning from vacation, so dinner with what’s on hand is still a fun game to play. I had some fish in the freezer, and had some fermented jalapeño escabeche and Wholly Guacamole in the fridge.  Some […]

Asparagus, Mushroom and Feta Frittata

Asparagus, Mushroom and Feta Frittata

The other day I made a frittata and I wasn’t happy with it.  I needed another simple dinner tonight, and I think I did a better job. I started by sautéing asparagus (cut in bite-size lengths) and sliced mushrooms in butter.  I had cut 6 […]

Asparagus and Feta Frittata

Asparagus and Feta Frittata

Asparagus and Feta Frittata I was seduced by the asparagus at the store, and since Steve doesn’t eat it, I get to eat it many ways. This morning I decided to make a frittata.     Pinterest came to the rescue with a recipe using […]

Merri’s Faux Chicken Piccata

Merri’s Faux Chicken Piccata

I’ve posted this before I think, but because this blog is named What’s Happening in Merri’s Kitchen, I’m posting it again since this is indeed what happened in my kitchen tonight. I had some chicken cutlets and decided to do them piccata style. First I […]

Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

A friend gave this to me awhile back when I had some leeks I needed to use up.  I got busy and didn’t make it at the time.  I ended up slicing up the leeks and freezing them for a later time. A later time […]