Lemon pasta salad with Asparagus and Mushrooms

It’s a good thing I did sort-of step-by-step photos for this one, because these photos are from a while ago and I don’t even remember eating this! Let’s see… Ruffles pasta (I LOVE that shape) and asparagus, washed and “snapped.” Looks like I’m boiling some water and also sauteing some mushrooms. I bet it smelled


Spring Spaghetti Squash

I had some spaghetti squash once in the fall and it was soooooo good, but since then the commissary hasn’t had any. Well, they showed up again in the produce section, so YAY! I bought 3 of them and have been eating this: Amaaaaazing. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, de-seed and chop


Oatmeal Walnut Pancake Recipe

Here’s another variation on my basic pancake recipe. It’s a-muh-HAY-zing! My mother visited in February, and one morning for breakfast she requested IHOP. Well, when we googled around we realized we don’t HAVE an IHOP here. (Whyyyy?) So I asked her what she would have ordered and she told me oatmeal walnut pancakes sounded like


Yummy Random Spicy Pasta

I had planned to make something totally different for dinner, but I didn’t have one of my pantry staples required to make it (whoa!)… so I went on a random fling-stuff-into-a-pot extravaganza. Cooked macaroni noodles Cut-up Turkey Pepperoni Leftover broccoli, cut into small pieces and steamed Jalapeno peppers, chopped Lawry’s Seasoned Salt The sauce was


Packet Lemon Pepper Pork and Brussels Sprouts

This is a very easy yummy recipe I discovered when we were living in the CBQ while waiting for a house to open up on base. So it’s a repeat, but worth typing up again. Basically you throw some pork cutlets into foil packets with some good stuff… The good stuff is (pork sprinkled with)


Superbowl Food – Mini Muffins?

Mini muffins are the last thing you’d expect as Superbowl fare, but when they’re jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins, there could hardly be anything better! Jalapeno Cheddar Honey Cornbread You Will Need: bacon grease or Pam Cooking Spray 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 cup milk


More Asian Noodles… a bit different this time

Remember the last time I made Asian noodles? I had an extra steak which I threw in the freezer… Well I used it in another incarnation of the noodle bow. This time I did it a little differently… my veggies were bamboo, baby corn, mung bean sprouts, and snow peas (which I blanched). Man, I


Marinate + Freeze at the same time = FAST barbeque chicken

I have an issue with crockpots… I love the idea (and love when I actually plan and use it for something) but it means I have to be thinking about dinner 4-8 hours before dinner happens. I’m more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants cook, so freezer marinating is a great deal for me. When we buy a


Faux-ganoff Stroganoff Recipe

I don’t know what “real” stroganoff is, to tell the truth. I think it’s usually made with beef strips or chunks, not ground beef. But I have to tell you, one of the things I remember loving as a kid was the stroganoff hamburger helper my dad would occasionally make, with an extra dollop of


Asian Noodles with Beef and Peppers

Preface: I don’t know anything about Asian cooking. But I love Asian food. I didn’t use a recipe for this, or even read recipes in preparation… and let me tell you. This trial was not an error. It was a success. Delicious. But probably not “authentic.” First, I started marinating some beef in the fridge


Creamy Baked Artichoke Heart Dip Recipe

I was going to post yet another non-recipe post… and you may have to get used to that for a little while, because lately I’ve been cooking “reruns” or semi-meals that don’t count for much as far as blogging goes. BUT I had this one saved up (well, the photos anyway) so I figured I’d


Look at me all baking homemade bread from scratch…

I wrote before about my incompetence with yeast… and the fact that my only successes had been in a bread machine. Then I sort of broke the cycle with this Italian bread. I followed the Joy of Cooking’s instructions step by step, and yielded something yummy. Well, guess what I did today… I flew… all



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