Orzo with chickpeas

This is a modified version of the Couscous with Chickpeas recipe from the 1997 edition of the Joy of Cooking.  It’s a simple and interesting meatless main dish, and I usually eat it cold, so it’s convenient for packed lunches.  There’s not too much over-the-stove time, so it’s a pretty good summer option, too. Ingredients:…

Pasta with pesto and edamame

Just before I made my last batch of garlic scape pesto, I used up the last of the pesto and garlic scape pesto from the year before to make this simple summery dish.  Cleaning out the freezer is important work, right?  😉 I think I originally got the idea for cooking edamame with pasta from…

Jumping guppies!

(Well, this was all true yesterday, but today a squirrel or bird intervened, and the fish are no more…  I’ll have to work on a better system…) Earlier this summer, I constructed a birdbath from a thrifted lamp and a shallow dish.  (I got ideas here, here, here, and here.)  Then one day I came…

New in the morning

I hope you’ll indulge me today.  🙂  I went a little overboard one morning looking at the dewdrops in the garden.  I know it all has to do with cohesion and adhesion and surface tension and more physics than I understand, but they are still marvelous. The book of Job barely makes mention of the…

Hmmm… (and please don’t freak out)

So, last week I discovered this misshapen little pepper in the garden.  An enterprising spider had built its web in the hole created by some other less-beneficial insect.  (I know, I know, a spider isn’t an insect.)  Now how to get the little critter out?  I admit that putting my mouth over the hole and…

Thankful for…

summertime BLT’s with homegrown tomatoes and lambsquarter strength for the day Bible study a chance to see my sister safe travels time to sleep fresh peppers for the freezer the opportunity to try again things to laugh about

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…

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…

Herbed floral mayonnaise

I was planning for a tea party and still sailing along on the “try new things” buzz from Cambodia, when I whipped this recipe up.  I was researching tea sandwiches and came across recipes for herbed mayonnaise and floral mayonnaise, so I decided to just pack the herbs and flowers into one spread for the…

A smoothie or something

One of the fun things about travel to new places is the food, and Cambodia was no exception.  It was hot, hot, and humid while I was there, and I appreciated the wide variety of fruit drinks available in the comfort of cafés with “air con” such as the refreshing lime ginger juice available at…

Broccoli Bacon Salad

This is one of those perennial salad favorites.  It may be an oldie, but it’s still a goodie! Ingredients: 1 large bunch of broccoli 1 small red onion, chopped 1 cup raisins 10 bacon strips, chopped and cooked 1/2-1 cup sunflower seeds 3 Tablespoons white vinegar 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup sugar Directions: Cut the…