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…

Chicken and Dumplings – Slow Cooker

Who doesn’t want comfort food these days? Nobody, that’s who. What if I told you you could have serious comfort food for dinner, budget-friendly, with more than 90% of the work done by early afternoon, AND have it be healthy? It’s hard to eat healthy in trying times. I find myself leaning more toward comfort…

Chicken Fajitas

Necessity is the mother of invention. — old adage It’s remarkable how limited food choices were when I was growing up (back in the stone age). I lived near a decent-sized city, but there was precious little food variety available. Not that I knew of, anyway. Well, there was a fancy Indonesian restaurant where I once…

Fajita Seasoning

“So, physics. Physics, eh? Physics. Phyyyyyyyysics. Physicsphysicsphysicspysics, physics! I hope one of you is getting all this down.” —  The Doctor Inertia: a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force. Why do adults stop…

Cuban-style Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Rice

I never got to the store that day. I had no plan for dinner, and no energy to even think about it. I’d spent part of the day trying to can beans, but my pressure canner was on the fritz. That left me with several jars of cooked beans that hadn’t been properly processed, so…

Crunchy Black Lentil Salad

My new favorite lentil dish!  It’s delicious, easy, and healthy. Versatile, too — serve it as a side or as a vegetarian main dish. You can even make it vegan by just eliminating the cheese.  It’s been a few years since I started observing Meatless Monday. Back in the day, we used to eat beef…

Grilled Asparagus​

I owe my kids an apology. Well, the two younger ones anyway, who never learned to like asparagus. See, I grew up eating asparagus steamed. Plain. I loved it that way, but in retrospect, I realize that’s pretty much the way my mom cooked nearly all vegetables, and not necessarily because it was the best…

Fish Curry

“This curry was like a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that I’d once heard…..especially the last movement, with everything screaming and banging ‘Joy.’ It stunned, it made one fear great art.” — Anthony Burgess Thirty-eight years?! Okay, I’m really dating myself here, but as far as I can tell, that’s how long it’s been since I had…