Haven’t really enjoyed cooking steaks at home until I came up with this method–crispy outside, easy to control the amount of cook on the inside. Preheat the oven to broil–set the top rack on the 2nd track from the top. Heat the cast iron skillet on the stove top until the skillet is warm/hot to […]

Chicken stuffed shells

From my friend Amy’s husband’s aunt. We take these to families with new babies (which is just about the only time I make them for us, given their trashiness, reliance on processed foods, and labor-intensiveness.) But they’re fantastic. 12 oz package jumbo shells, cooked chicken, cooked & diced. The recipe calls for 5-6 breast halves […]

Cheesy Quinoa Cakes

From Spoon Fork Bacon, where they’re paired with a lovely roasted garlic-lemon aioli: 2 cups cooked quinoa 2/3 cup grated cheese (originally fontina. I’ve used a lovely mustard-seed laced cheese of some sort with great success. Really, any soft-ish cheese will do.) 3 tbsp flour 2 green onions, chopped 1 egg salt & pepper olive […]


Adapted from Pennies on a Platter (where the recipe is much fuller, with things like green onions and cilantro. This is how I usually do it, lazy-style.): Filling: 3 oz soft lite cream cheese 1/4 cup green salsa 1/2 tsp cumin 1 tsp chili powder a bit of minced onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup […]

Broccoli Salad

2 bunches broccoli florets, chopped 1 medium onion, finely diced 1/2 C golden raisins 10-12 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled (I chop, then cook.) 1 C mayo 2 T vinegar (originally balsamic, I’ve used red wine just fine) 2 T sugar Combine dry & wet ingredients separately. Dress salad.