Green Bean Casserole

The ubiquitous Thanksgiving side dish. It’s really simple, but when you put the right amounts of everything it really makes it great! Serves 8-10 2 cans cream of mushroom soup 1/2c milk or cream 1t soy sauce 6-8 c green beans, preferably sliced diagonally 2-1/2c crispy fried onions (I like to use crispy jalapeƱo pieces … Read more

Spicy Chicken Enchiladas

I had some leftover peppers from when I made Hunan Beef so I threw them together with some tomatoes, onions and cumin and it turned out pretty well! I didn’t measure anything so these are estimates. First I sauteed together: Peppers – I had a takeout dish full of chopped tiger skin and anaheim peppers. … Read more

Ramadan Salmon & Rice

One night I was surfing TikTok and found this super yummy recipe. 1 whole red onion, chopped 1T chopped garlic (3 cloves) a swirl of olive oil 1T honey 1t paprika 1t ancho chili powder (mild but flavorful) 1t cumin 1/2t salt a few grinds of pepper 4 narrow salmon filets (1 pound)2c cooked rice … Read more

Almost-Homemade Cake

While I do have recipes for from-scratch cake – and I’ve even made them – a boxed cake is somehow so much easier. But is it delicious? Not particularly. I found a series of online recipes that claimed you could “doctor” box cake mix to make it taste super-yum. But really, if you’re adding this … Read more

Classic Egg Salad

Egg salad isn’t hard or mysterious. But I was at my friend Birdie’s house for a cookout recently and the egg salad was out of this world! Birdie is one of the best cooks I know so it wan’t surprising; but she said she had found a recipe that told her to add a little … Read more

Dry Rub for BBQ Ribs

I love country style ribs. While the easy way is to just coat them in BBQ sauce and stick them in the oven, the flavor is significantly enhanced if you coat them in a dry rub first. Makes 1-1/2c of rub, which is enough for at least 6-8 big meaty ribs 3/4c packed dark brown … Read more

Cabbage-Lentil Salad

I got this recipe off TikTok. It’s pretty tasty and filling. 1c cooked lentils (just boil them in salted water for 20 minutes) 4-6 cups chopped raw cabbage 1c cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 2-3 green onions, white parts only (green tops can be garnish I guess)1/3c feta cheese, crumbled (crumble it yourself of course!) … Read more

Oven Baked Pork Ribs

I sometimes get an absolute craving for BBQ pork ribs. One way I like to make them is to take country style ribs, slather them with Sweet Baby Ray’s, and bake them in the oven for a while. But it kicks it up another whole notch if you coat them with a nice rub first. … Read more

Turmeric-Ginger Tea

I saw a TikTok from somebody about how she used turmeric to reduce inflammation in her body as a way of reducing pain; and that as a side effect she completely by accident lost 20 pounds. I was hooked! According to this TikToker you have to consume a lot of turmeric – like 1 tablespoon … Read more