Cheaters’ Chicken Parm

That feeling when it’s almost dinner time, and you have no idea what to make and absolutely no energy with which to make it.  It was one of “those” days last spring, and I was fresh out of spoons. I won’t bore you with all of the details, let’s just say I’d had a minor…

Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning

Rogan Josh is one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I made it with Penzeys Rogan Josh blend, which I like very much. Then I got the bright idea to start mixing my own blends, for three reasons: First, it frees up space in my spice cabinet for a wider variety of single-ingredient jars. Second, I…

Angry Shrimp

You’re definitely going to want to try this flavor explosion of a one-one-bowl dinner! Probably not on a weeknight after a long day of work, but maybe on game night so you can eat it in front of the TV. Maybe the next time Syracuse plays Pitt in men’s basketball. I always get angry during…

The Best Meatballs With Sauce

I’m getting hungry just writing about these! I had a craving last winter for a meatball sub. You might call it something else, depending on where you’re from. Submarine, Grinder, Hoagie, and Hero are some of the ones I’ve heard. I poked around online comparing various recipes and settled on this one, adapted from Serious…

Spud Cakes

“You’re Scottish, fry something!” — The Doctor Yay, leftovers! Especially Thanksgiving leftovers. I always cook more than I think we will need because there are so many delicious things to make with them. The turkey carcass goes in the crockpot with water and seasonings for Turkey Noodle Soup. Leftover turkey goes to sandwiches and Turkey-Pea…

Planked Scallops With Dill, Lemon, & Garlic

This might be the easiest, tastiest scallop recipe you’ll ever make. My Chief Taste Tester says these were the best scallops he’s ever had. Cleanup is a breeze, too!  My stumbling upon the idea was purely pragmatic, although it seems so obvious in retrospect. Some months ago, I wanted to use up some leftover dilly-lemon…

Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 2: Regeneration

“Wakey, wakey!” — The Doctor “Regenerate me!” — Chameleon Circuit Ready to bring your dried sourdough starter back to life? It’s easy!  I’ve been thinking a lot about regeneration lately. Sure, partly because there’s a new Doctor on Doctor Who — a woman this time, and she’s brilliant. Time Lords are the only humanoids that…

Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 1: Drying

Rory: “Could someone please tell me what just happened?” The Doctor: “I’m sorry, Rory, but you just died.” “Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today… Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to…