Broiled grapefruit

Grapefruit were on sale, and I picked up a few but just couldn’t bring myself to eat them.  Who wants cold grapefruit on a cold morning?  Not me, apparently…  Anyway, according to some sources, February is national grapefruit month, and, as I needed to plan a menu for an event, I decided that maybe grapefruit…

Vegan pumpkin scones with fresh cranberries (and very little sugar)

Doesn’t that look delicious in the morning light?  😉  I wrote previously about my experimental vegan pumpkin scones and accidentally leaving out the sugar.  It turns out that people seem to like them better that way! I’ve got a stash of cranberries that I need to use up, so one morning I decided to add…

Pumpkin and black bean curry

I was scrambling to put something together for a potluck one day, and this was the result.  It started out as this recipe, and I simplified it a bit (seeing as I hadn’t planned ahead enough to use dry beans).  It was a hit, and I’m happy to have another recipe to help me use…

Maple roasted chicken with carrots and sweet potatoes

The wind is howling outside, and I’ve been baking up a storm, very happy to be inside rather than out there where the temperature is dropping.  Along with trying to get back in the swing of planning my meals for the week, I’m also trying to make sure I use up things I’ve got before…

Epiphany cake fail (sort of)

This cake sort of came together by accident.  😉  I’d been mulling over the recipes in the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens and decided to whip up a batch of the flavored marshmallows just for fun.  I used raspberry syrup and swirled real raspberry juice on the top (definitely the most delicious bit!). …

Vegan pumpkin scones

I’m not vegan, but a guest is, so I decided to try my hand at vegan pumpkin scones.  Basically, I just omitted the eggs from this recipe (which is based on this recipe) and substituted water for the milk. I thought I might need to add extra oil or water to make up for the…

German apple cake

This recipe came from a family friend.  Ironically, it’s a German recipe via a Japanese-American family.  You’d think maybe it could have come from my own German heritage instead of so circuitously.  😉 Anyway, I’m glad it made its way to our family because it is amazingly delicious.  Peeling and slicing the apples takes some…

Hummus

I’ve finally hit upon a hummus recipe that I like.  The recipe I’ve had for years and kept making (but wasn’t really wild about) had too much tahini in it; that’s what I finally decided was wrong with it.  With a little tweaking, voila! it came out much more delicious (at least to my taste)….

Korean stir-fried cucumbers

I’ve only made one other cooked cucumber recipe (although I may have stuck some in a biryani or something, once), and that recipe definitely proved that cooked cucumbers are edible (and delicious), but it was kind of a lot of work if you’re trying to use up a lot of cucumbers… So, Google helped me…

Chocolate syrup

I ran out of chocolate syrup awhile back and kept put off buying it…  I just didn’t want another plastic bottle and corn syrupy sweetness.  But, it took me a long time to find the time to do anything about it. Finally, I found this recipe, and got myself together enough to whip up a…

Smoothie add-ins

In my recent smoothie kick, I’ve stuck to a pretty basic formula of one banana (fresh or frozen), one other fruit (usually a peach or nectarine), a healthy glug of lime juice, and some milk.  This is a good basic smoothie any day, but it’s all the little “extras” that add a little variety (which…

Couscous with zucchini

This is a fabulous summer side dish.  I love couscous when it’s hot out because it cooks so quickly, and with the zucchini cooked in you’ve got your vegetables taken care of, too.  It’s one of those recipes (like carrot soup) that is so tasty that it’s hard to believe the ingredients are so simple….