Sourdough Quick Breads

I’ve been making sourdough bread for all of – no, scratch that, I haven’t actually made any sourdough bread yet.  Not the full-fledged real thing, anyhow.  But I have been working on a starter for the past week or so that I think is just about ready.  And as any of you who have worked with sourdough…

Less Unhealthy Scones

I’m not going to claim these are actually good for you, but they should be a whole lot better than the average scone in that department (less fat, less sugar, less carbohydrate, more protein), while still tasting like a scone and not, say, flavored dirt.  They are also rather simpler than some other recipes I’ve…

Convenience And Versatility

I’ve been thinking lately about the idea of “convenience foods”.  We all probably have the sense that these tend to be more expensive (and usually less healthy, even if they are “fortified” with additional vitamins and minerals) than the “inconvenient” foods they are designed to replace.  Most of us tend to evaluate the tradeoffs involved on…

Autumn Hash

As you may have gathered if you’ve been reading this blog – or even just consider its name – a lot of what I cook is improvised based on what I have on hand.  Hardly anything is such a failure that I won’t eat it, but not everything seems worth writing about either.  But sometimes…

Pumpkin Banana Cookies

It’s Halloween as I write this.  I carved a pumpkin an hour or so ago to use as decoration and thought to myself, what a shame to waste the part I cut out.  No, not the goopy stuff; that’s dead to me.  The seeds will get roasted; that practically goes without saying (notice how we never…

Dressing For The Occasion

I haven’t used a bottled salad dressing in almost a year, and I’m not missing them at all.  I am eating plenty of salads, but mostly I am making my own dressings for them individually.  Or sometimes I will make up a small batch of a yogurt-based creamy dressing, especially if serving a group.  It’s been very gratifying, delicious, and quite…

Fresh And Simple Personal Pizza

This is the real deal.  Pizza from scratch – starting with little more than flour, cheese, and a garden or basketful of fresh vegetables and herbs – in about the same amount of time it takes to have one delivered.  There are two main secrets: the crust and the sauce, both of which I have reduced…

Kale Relleno “Bacon”

Seriously, hear me out. I had been trying different variations on the concept of kale rellenos – stuffed kale – for a while.  I had to do something with all that kale from the garden, after all, and no one else in my household likes spicy food so I was looking for creative ways to satisfy my cravings for…

Kale Brown Rice Patties

My model for these was actually a pre-packaged spinach and potato cake I used to buy frozen pretty regularly.  I was craving something similar the other day, but I didn’t have spinach, and I did have a garden full of kale.  And while I could have cooked some potatoes, I didn’t feel like waiting that long, and I…

Vegetables: A Tribute From A Carnivore

Most of us probably have some sense we should be eating more vegetables.  I certainly have, but always used to think of that as being like some chore I have to do even though I don’t really want to.  I grew up not eating many vegetables.  I remember mostly mostly iceberg lettuce and stuff from cans I tried…

Beet Slaw

Some of my favorite moments in the kitchen come as I am getting close to needing to go shopping again but am wanting to squeeze another meal out of what’s left from the last trip.  In one sense, this requires some creative thinking, but in another, it really doesn’t.  They say, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”  But when life hands…

Shopping

I don’t pretend to be a great chef, but if there is one thing I think I do pretty well, it is this: walking into the kitchen with only a vague idea of what I might want to make, and somehow pulling the contents of my refrigerator and pantry together to make a decent meal….