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Pita bread for falafel and hummus
Pita bread for falafel and hummus

After typing up my random food dribblings on food trucks, and specifically Hallava Falafel, I remembered I previously posted a recipe on falafel and hummus nearly ten years ago.  I volunteered to cook this very same thing today, but as I was making the grocery list, I noticed that my recipe depended on store-bought pita bread. […]

DIY Mocha

I’ve been pretty happy with the AeroPress (thanks for the suggestion, Scott!) for in-home mocha making.  For the first several dozen cups, I dutifully followed the instructions. It worked pretty well. But as one who gets bored with routine, I experimented and spoke with other AeroPress owners who have deviated from the norm. The subject […]

Cherry Dutch Baby

Ah, cherry season! Cherry Dutch Baby 3/4 C flour 2 T granulated sugar 3/4 C milk 3 eggs 1/4 t salt half stick butter 2 C pitted, Bing cherries powdered sugar Preheat oven to 425°F. (If using a convection oven, try 390°F) Combine flour, sugar, milk, eggs and salt in a blender until smooth. In […]

Rosemary and Walnut pasta
Apple Pie-za
Chocolate Crinkles
Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberries grow wild in the greenbelt behind my house.. and everywhere else, it seems. The plants are nasty, with thorns on everything. Blackberry tentacles ensnare other plants, sometimes growing straight up, then over anything in their path. Along roads, it’s common to see the shoots sticking out well into the pedestrian lane/shoulder. This leaves the […]

Oatmeal-Date cookies
Chocolate Cherry Loaf
Sauteed Shrimp in pesto sauce
Cooking fajitas for twenty six

Last summer my office started offering Free Lunch Fridays. The premise was anyone who participates has to do so in the lunchroom. Thus, it gets the office diners like me to break away from their work. Lunches are frugal, typically make-your-own sandwiches, Costco pizza or the six-foot-long Subway laden with near-lethal levels of mustard and […]

Roasting coffee

Last year a coworker was planning to buy a bag of high-quality raw coffee beans from the San Cristobal Coffee Company. Although he drinks impressive quantities of coffee, he didn’t want all 95+ pounds. He offered to let some of us get in on the deal. I ended up with ten pounds’ worth of raw […]

Ardith’s Sourdough Bread
Chicken and Rice Soup, Potato Soup
Tomato Bisque Soup
Chocolate cake with Fudge Icing
Oatmeal Cake with Lazy Daisy topping
Spice Cake with penuche frosting
Drive by seasoning
Meatballs and tomato sauce
Copper River Salmon
Flour Tortillas

We’ve been frustrated by the poor quality of tortillas available in the grocery store. Trader Joe’s’ are okay, but require advanced planning. It takes the same amount of time to make our own, fresh, as it does to run to Trader Joe’s and buy theirs. Flour Tortillas – Makes 12; www.jimcarson.com 3 C flour 2 […]

Generic Muffins (Pumpkin chocolate chip)