Mom’s birthday scones

So, the curries will have to wait for awhile.  My mom’s birthday was last week, and I whipped up some surprise scones for her ahead of time.  I started with my basic Breakfast Scones recipe and added some almond extract, orange peel, and dried cranberries.  And since I love my mom and it’s right around…

Pasta with broccoli and sausage

This recipe basically comes from the All New All Purpose Joy of Cooking.  I was looking for a way to cook up some on-sale broccoli in a tasty, winter-friendly sort of way and this recipe sounded great.  (In the Joy it is “Orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe” — sounds much fancier that way, doesn’t…

Spiced Cider

I was looking for a recipe for spiced cider and used several different recipes online for inspiration before settling on this combination. It was a hit with all of the taste testers.   😉 Ingredients: 1 gallon apple cider 3 green cardamom pods 1 6 inch cinnamon stick 10 whole cloves 1o whole allspice berries 1…

Maple syrup milk

So, Google tells me that others have thought of this before me, but I’m pretty happy with myself anyway. A few years ago some friends gave me a sweet almond syrup (kind of like this recipe) to add to warm milk as a homemade “steamer.”  It’s a tasty treat on chilly evenings, but it ran…

Cucumber Boortha

Pardon the picture of unrelated produce, but it’s just such a cheery shot of some of the garden vegetables from this summer, and there are cucumbers in the picture.  😉 This recipe is a little unusual.  It was dug up in response to a large quantity of cucumbers that needed to be eaten; really, you…

International Flair: Green curry with chicken and eggplant

This is a modified version of a recipe from a Thai cookbook I borrowed from the library several years ago.  I have no idea how close it is to the original recipe, and every time I make it it’s a little different.  😉 It’s my favorite eggplant stand-bye recipe, apart from ratatouille.  Even though you…

Summer cooking

In summer, especially on days when the temperature barely goes below 80 at night, I think that cooking should involve as little heat generation as possible.  Even boiling water for pasta seems like too much!  But you can only live on black bean and corn salsa for so long.  😉  I have a few couscous…

Quick and Delicious: Pasta with radish greens

This recipe is basically a different take on Pasta with Spinach and Sausage.  Sausage may not be the healthiest or most frugal choice of meat, but it is delicious!  And it makes cooking easy because it adds enough flavor that you don’t need to mess with the seasonings too much. The spinach is long gone…

Quick and Delicious: Pasta with sausage and spinach

This is a “use up what’s on hand” recipe that allowed me to enjoy the last of my early spinach that was bolting and about ready to bloom.  The sausage ensures that the pasta has plenty of flavor, so this is a very simple dish to throw together without a lot of prep or hands…

Cool and Delicious: Cucumber Salad with Yogurt

I put this salad together after a friend surprised me with a lovely bunch of fresh dill last summer.  This spring after two years of failed dill crops, I have a nice little stand of dill seedlings, and I hope to be able to harvest some of my own this year! The recipe is as…

Quick and Delicious: Corn and Black Bean Salad

To be honest, the photo above is of the Black Bean Salsa recipe that I posted awhile ago.  This recipe is a combination of that recipe and a salad recipe from Food to Live By.  Regardless of whether it’s called salsa or salad, I call it dinner!  😉 Ingredients: 2 cans (15 oz each) black…

International Flair: Vietnamese Spring Rolls

A Korean friend introduced me to this recipe.  When she invited me over to have spring rolls for dinner, I was a little concerned since I was only familiar with the fried version that are like little egg rolls.  These were a delightful surprise! This is a cool and interactive meal since all of the…