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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Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

Another of the photo step-by-step posts–edited.  I know you are supposed to break the spears at their natural point, but I was lazy.  I just cut off an each or so of the woody stalk.  Laid them out on a foil-lined cookie sheet and drizzled […]

Fruit Salad – Fruit Cocktail, Frozen Strawberries, and Bananas

Fruit Salad – Fruit Cocktail, Frozen Strawberries, and Bananas

I had more of those photo-only posts than I remembered!  Most very easy, with few ingredients, that still taste good. This one has a history.  Steve’s grandmother used to make it. It uses frozen, canned, and fresh fruits, and you really should try it.  It’s […]

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

I wanted to make my braised chicken tonight with a lemony sauce. And I wanted something to soak up the sauce, but I didn’t have any potatoes.  I did have Cauliflower however. I nosed around online and on Pinterest, and the method I decided on […]

Merri’s Thanksgiving Dressing

Merri’s Thanksgiving Dressing

This  post will be a little different. A friend of mine is sponsoring a refugee family. And one of the challenges is teaching them how to cook foods that are now available to them when they can’t read to follow recipes. So Joan asked me […]

Green Beans and Bacon

Green Beans and Bacon

I have had a craving for green beans and bacon.  So I pulled out a bag of green beans I had blanched and frozen, and set forth to indulge my craving.  I have been cooking bacon in the oven, so thought I would try just […]

Calabacitas – OR – What do do with all that summer squash

Calabacitas – OR – What do do with all that summer squash

A friend posted a link to a long list of New Mexico recipes.  I want to try a lot of them, but the one I made last week was for calabacitas.  You’ll have to scroll down a ways on the link below, but it is […]

Ottolenghi’s Eggplant Cheesecake – OMG

Ottolenghi’s Eggplant Cheesecake – OMG

It’s possible I say OMG too much. But this eggplant cheesecake (which sounds totally weird) deserves it.  I had a number of friends who have made it and liked it, and I trust Ottolenghi recipes (the man has a way with vegetables) and I needed […]

Spicy Chickpeas with Preserved Lemons

Spicy Chickpeas with Preserved Lemons

The food challenge of using preserved lemons in recipes continues.  This week I made these chickpeas, based on a recipe by Sharon Minkoff: http://www.sharonminkoff.com/spicy-chickpeas-preserved-lemon/ But, it’s a recipe meant to be tinkered with, and almost more of a guideline.  I tweaked quite a bit based […]

Cinnamon Applesauce

Cinnamon Applesauce

This is going to be a short post!  Because there is basically nothing to making applesauce.  It’s the easiest thing ever. But this is a What’s Happening in Merri’s Kitchen blog, and this was what was happening last week. Although it is July (and yes, […]

Braised Bok Choy

Braised Bok Choy

I had a head of Bok Choy in my crisper.  I was looking for my pesto recipe (because I also have a big bunch of basil, but that was not in the crisper) and I came across a recipe for braised Bok Choy that I […]