Mango-Saffron Scallops

Did you ever buy too many mangoes? No, I didn’t think so — but I did! Last summer, when I was just getting into canning in a big way, I wanted to make mango chutney. For canning safety, you have to use unripe mangoes. That’s because their acidity fades as they ripen, and the acidity…

Caprese Farro Salad

Babies! Vegetable babies, that is. Oh, I have human babies on my mind, too, that’s for sure. It’s the Year Of The Coronavirus (or the first year of it, anyway), and I miss my grandbabies! I want to hold them and hug them and play with them, and…but I digress. Today I’m looking at babies…

Apple Butter Crumb Bars

Last fall, I canned some apple butter for the first time. I don’t think I’d ever even had it before, and I had no clue what I would do with it other than giving it as gifts. Why did I make it? Because I could! I only started canning a couple of years ago and…

Gyros

One of the most memorable meals of my life was in Athens, Greece. My husband was in the Navy at the time, and his port call happened to coincide with my school’s winter break. So I flew, alone, to a country where few at the time spoke English, to meet up with him — without…

Greek (Pocketless) Pita

Lots of folks are trying their hand at baking these days. Pita is one of the easiest bread recipes to make. Assuming, of course, that you can find flour and yeast in the stores. Both are in short supply around here during the Covid-19 crisis, but I managed to score some from King Arthur. Pita…

Sautéed Baby Radish Greens With Onions & Basil

Radishes are one of my favorite things to grow in the garden. I always scatter the seeds rather than try to plant them individually in rows. It’s faster and uses space more efficiently. Once they sprout, you can start to thin them by gently pulling up the ones that are crowded. Sometimes I’m really good…

Brazilian Pork & Bean Stew

Melt-in-your-mouth pork, creamy black beans, tons of flavor, huge portions — no two ways about it, this is serious comfort food! I fell in love with this dish from “Slow-Cooker Revolution” by America’s Test Kitchen before I ever looked into the nutrition. Not always the best plan with comfort food or slow cooker recipes, as…

Molho Apimentado

This delicious recipe is adapted from “Slow Cooker Revolution” by America’s Test Kitchen. The only changes I made were to add a little garlic and tweak the directions. The authors call it “Brazilian Hot Sauce,” or you could think of it as a salsa. I love it so much that I eat it more like…