Please Note
These posts are a collection of recipes that I have pulled from magazines, cookbooks, pinterest, blogs, and anywhere else I come across something tasty sounding. In order to FIND that information when I needed it, I decided a highly categorized blog would be in order (After failing miserably to teach myself access to make a non-web database!). I never intended to promote this site, I have "Discourage[d] search engines from indexing this site" — this is a place for me and my family. Because of this I didn’t bother to cite sources. If you somehow find your way here and come across a recipe that is yours - I apologize and I will happily update the post with your link or remove it if you prefer. Thanks!
November 2017
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LTS / Pantry

A Note on emergency preparedness recipes.

Many websites tag recipes as "Pantry Friendly" if they include as little as one long term storage ingredient, such as rice or wheat berries. I think that is bunk.

Here on my site, if a recipe is tagged "LTS" that means it can be prepared ENTIRELY with shelf stable ingredients. Some of those ingredients may not be found in a typical grocery store and might include dehydrated or freeze dried items, but the recipe requires no perishable items.

A recipe tagged as "Pantry Friendly" can be made with almost all shelf stable ingredients. It will include 1-3 more perishable items, often those you would have in the first few days of an emergency (or if you have homesteading resources such as a garden or chickens), such as milk or eggs or fresh produce.

Ingredients that I consider mid-range, such as carrots or potatoes kept in a root cellar, are counted as NOT shelf stable, and would trigger the "Pantry Friendly" designation instead of "LTS".

postheadericon Cranberry Turkey Crescent Ring

Cranberry Turkey Crescent Ring

2 cups cut-up cooked turkey (1/2-inch pieces)

2 cups lightly packed spinach leaves, chopped

7 oz Swiss cheese (about 10 slices), cut into 1/2-inch squares

½ cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce, and (if desired) extra for serving

2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls SAVE $

Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, mix turkey, spinach, cheese and 1/2 cup cranberry sauce. Unroll both cans of dough; separate into 8 rectangles. On ungreased large cookie sheet, arrange rectangles in ring so short sides of rectangles form a 5-inch circle in center. Dough will overlap.

Spoon turkey filling on the half of each rectangle closest to center of ring.  Bring each dough rectangle up over filling, tucking dough under bottom layer of dough to secure it. Repeat around ring until entire filling is enclosed (some filling might show a little).

Gently separate dough perforations on top until filling peeks through. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until dough is golden brown and thoroughly baked. Cool 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into serving slices. Serve with extra cranberry sauce.

postheadericon Roasted Sumac Chicken with Plums

Roasted Sumac Chicken with Plums

1 large Lemon

1 T. ground Sumac

4 tsp. Salt

1 ½ tsp. Pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 2 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane or minced

1 whole chicken (4 to 5 pounds), patted dry with paper towels

1/2 bunch fresh thyme sprigs, about 6 sprigs, plus more for garnish 6 sprigs, plus more for garnish


5 medium plums, pitted and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 1 2/3 cups)

2 shallots, very thinly sliced

2 to 4 teaspoons honey, to taste

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1 Bay Leaf, torn in half


Prepare the chicken: Grate the zest from the lemon and place it in a small bowl. Set aside the bald lemon.  Stir the sumac, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and allspice into the lemon zest until combined. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the garlic. The mixture should feel like wet sand. Rub it all over the chicken, including inside the cavity. Place the thyme in the chicken cavity. Place the chicken on a rimmed baking sheet and marinate, uncovered, in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Heat the oven to 45O°F. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven, and roast the chicken for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the plums: In a medium bowl, mix together the plums, shallots, honey, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and bay leaf. Set aside. Squeeze 1 teaspoon juice from the reserved bald lemon into a small bowl, and mix it with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; drizzle this over the chicken. Then add the plum mixture to the baking sheet and continue to roast until the bird is golden-skinned and cooked through, 20 to 35 minutes.  Let the chicken rest, covered lightly with aluminum foil, for 10 minutes. Then carve and serve it with the plums, garnished with thyme sprigs.

postheadericon Why You Need to Save Bacon Grease Like Gram Did

Pop popcorn in bacon fat.

Make Caesar salad dressing with bacon drippings in place of the olive oil.

Fry chicken using four parts peanut oil and one part bacon fat.

Add about 1 T. of bacon fat per pound to raw hamburger, ground turkey, or venison meat before frying or grilling the patties.

Fry liver and onions in bacon fat.

Use bacon fat to make gravies and roux.

Sauté onions, carrots, and/or garlic in bacon fat for vegetable soups.

Use bacon fat to cook refried beans and sunny-side-up eggs.

Stir l to 2 T. of bacon fat into pots of boiling white beans, polenta, grits, or rice.

Sauté sliced brussels sprouts in bacon fat.

Add bacon fat when boiling water to cook or blanch green beans.

When baking russet potatoes, coat the skin with bacon fat before putting the potatoes in the oven.

Cook hash browns in bacon fat.

Sauté chopped Swiss chard and other hearty winter greens in bacon fat.

Fry sliced tomatoes in bacon drippings (great on sandwiches).

Use bacon fat when making skillet corn bread; you’ll get a crunchier crust.

Substitute a T. of bacon fat for other fats in single- crust pies.

If you have dogs, add it to their dog food for better flavor and digestion. Not to mention is helps keep their coats shiny and healthy.

When baking cornbread (or any other bread) use it to grease the baking pan or skillet before you add the mixture.

Add it to those green things we like to call “veggies” while you’re cooking. This way you don’t really need to add much salt, and it gives the veggies a hint of delicious porky flavor.

Use bacon fat in place of margarine for certain recipes. Get crazy and experiment. You will only find your favorite recipe by having fun with it!

Use it while frying up potatoes, steaks, shrimp, onions, eggs… practically anything you can think of frying up. Except for zombies. Don’t use bacon grease to fry up a zombie.

Add bacon fat into cream cheese to make as a sauce for different dishes. It tastes delicious poured over squash, broccoli, steaks, and potatoes. Also works well in gravy recipes.

When making pancakes, instead of using oil, use bacon grease. So genius.

Add into soups when you’re cooking over the stove- it will give your soup that extra hint of delicious savory flavor.

For an even tastier turkey sandwich (or any other lunch meat), lay warm liquid bacon grease on a plate to form a very thin layer. Lay your turkey slices (or whatever meat you like for your sandwiches) on top of the grease to just lightly coat the lunch meat. Then simply add to your sandwich. You may do this with your cheese if you would like too. This method is so tasty you won’t need to use mayonnaise. You can also use the bacon grease to fry up that sandwich after you’re done putting it together!

postheadericon Adobo Seasoning

Adobo Seasoning

Essential in Spanish, Caribbean and Latin American kitchens, adobo is a savory, all-purpose seasoning that imparts a garlic flavor and is normally used to season and/or marinate meat, chicken or fish. It is so fundamental in Latin  Cuisines that adobado means “marinated and cooked in adobo sauce.”

2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoo


ns ground black pepper

1 1⁄2 teaspoons onion powder

1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon chili powder


In a bowl, stir together the salt, paprika, black pepper, onion powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder. Store in a sealed jar in a cool, dry place.

postheadericon Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Citrus Tarragon Butter

Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Citrus Tarragon Butter

1 ½ pounds large sea scallops (about 24 large scallops)

3 tablespoon olive oil, or more as needed

½ teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, or more as needed

Juice of 2 oranges

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon (or chives or chervil)

Rinse the scallops under cool water, pat dry with a paper towel, and place them in a shallow bowl or on a plate. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, sprinkle with the salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and toss gently to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until the butter melts and sizzles. Working in batches, place the scallops in the hot skillet, leaving about ½ inch between each scallop. Sear the scallops, undisturbed, for 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side, until they are opaque and light golden around the edges. The scallops will continue to cook after they’re out of the pan so it’s better to undercook than overcook them. Remove the scallops from the pan and place them on a platter and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Repeat with the second and possibly third batch of scallops, adding more butter and oil to the pan as needed. When all the scallops have been cooked, pour the orange juice, lemon juice, and tarragon into the skillet, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat and cook 1 to 2 minutes, until it reduces by half. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter until it melts. If the scallops have cooled too much, return them to the pan with the sauce to warm very briefly over medium heat before serving. Serve the scallops warm, with the sauce spooned over them.

postheadericon Baked Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

Baked Falafel with Tzatziki Sauce

2 cloves garlic, quartered

1/4 C. coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 C. coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or mint

2 C. chickpeas

1/2 C. plain coarse bread crumbs

1 to 2 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. hot pepper sauce (such as red or green Tabasco)

Coarsely ground black pepper to taste

Olive oil for brushing


Place garlic, cilantro, parsley or mint, chickpeas, and bread crumbs in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to chop and blend ingredients. Sprinkle 1 T. lemon juice over chickpea mixture and pulse a few more times. Sprinkle baking powder, cumin, salt, Tabasco, and black pepper over mixture and pulse until the chickpea mixture reaches a workable paste-like consistency. Add an additional T. of lemon juice if it seems very dry. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. While the oven is getting hot, line a baking pan with foil and brush with olive oil. Using a large T. or #40 disher (ice cream scoop), scoop balls of dough into your palms and form them into patties. Set aside on work surface while you form the remaining mixture. Arrange falafel patties on oiled baking sheet and brush them with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and crispy. Turn once midway through baking. Remove from oven and let falafel cool on pan for a minute or two before removing to plates or pitas with a spatula. Serve in a whole-grain pita with leaf lettuce and plenty of Tzatziki Sauce.


Tzatziki Sauce


1/2 C. plain nonfat yogurt

1/2 C. sour cream (low fat is fine)

1 large clove garlic, minced

1 T. chopped fresh dill

1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp. lemon zest

1 kirby cucumber, peeled and finely diced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl; stir to incorporate. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. Taste after chilling and adjust seasonings if necessary. Makes about 1 1/2 C.

postheadericon Wiggly Rice Noodle and Herb Salad with Sweet Shrimp

Wiggly Rice Noodle and Herb Salad with Sweet Shrimp

1 cup snow peas

2 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the diagonal

2 scallions (white and green parts)

4 ounces thin rice-stick noodles

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fish sauce

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce, or more to taste

1 teaspoon honey

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Fill a large saucepan with salted water, and bring to a boil. Prepare an ice bath in a large bowl. Add the snow peas to the boiling water, cook for 1 minute, and remove with a slotted spoon to the ice bath to cool. Repeat with the carrots. Thinly slice the peas, and cut the carrots into similarly sized matchsticks. Cut the scallions into 1½-inch sections and then thinly slice lengthwise into matchsticks.  Keep the pan of water on the stove but turn off the heat underneath it. Add the noodles and let steep in the hot water for 5 minutes, then drain well, and put in a large bowl. Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix together the shrimp, sugar, 2 teaspoons of the lime juice, 1 teaspoon of the fish sauce, ½ teaspoon of the sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro.  Add the snow peas, carrots, scallion, mint, and remaining ½ cup cilantro to the rice noodles.  In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, remaining noodles and stir to mix in the shrimp, or let the shrimp cool, mix into the noodles, and serve the dish at room temperature.

postheadericon Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta, Prosciutto and Arugula

Bruschetta with Homemade Ricotta, Prosciutto and Arugula

15 or so 1/2-inch slices from a baguette, cut on the diagonal

Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

1 whole clove garlic, peeled, halved

1 cup fresh ricotta cheese

15 arugula leaves

4 ounces prosciutto or other salty, cured pork such as coppa, lomo or speck

Best quality extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Place the bread on a baking sheet and brush both sides with olive oil. Grill the bread until golden all over, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Rub one side of each with the garlic clove.   Spread a tablespoon or two of the ricotta on each bread slice, then press an arugula leaf into the cheese. Place a slice of the prosciutto on top, drizzle with the best quality olive oil, and serve.

postheadericon Zucchini Ribbons with Ricotta

Zucchini Ribbons with Ricotta


2 small tomatoes, cored and cut into small cubes

Kosher salt

3 medium zucchini

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 large garlic cloves, very thinly sliced

1 small fresh hot red chile, split in half lengthwise to expose the seeds

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese

1 cup mixed fresh tender herbs, such as basil, chives, and/or tarragon

3 tablespoons grated aged sheep’s-milk cheese


Season the tomatoes with a little salt. Slice the zucchini lengthwise into long paper-thin slices, using a mandoline or a sharp vegetable peeler. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over low heat and sauté the garlic and chile until they are fragrant and softened but not browned, about 4 minutes. Season with a little salt. Add the zucchini, raise the heat to medium-high, and toss gently with tongs, seasoning very generously with salt and pepper. Continue to cook while tossing occasionally until the zucchini is slightly wilted and warmed through but still firm and not yet giving off very much liquid, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and toss for a moment, until they are hot and begin to give off a little liquid. Reduce the heat to low and add the ricotta and herbs, combining them with the zucchini and tomatoes to create a creamy, light pink sauce. Divide between two warm bowls, and serve topped with the grated sheep’s-milk cheese.

postheadericon Black Pepper Reggiano French Toast with Italian Sausage Patties and Warm Honey

Black Pepper Reggiano French Toast with Italian Sausage Patties and Warm Honey

1 1/2 pounds ground pork

1/4 cup dry red wine

1 teaspoon fennel seed, 1/3 palmful

1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1/3 palmful

1 teaspoon granulated onion, 1/3 palmful

1 teaspoon ground sage, 1/3 palmful

2 teaspoons coarse black pepper, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt, divided

2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4 large eggs

2/3 cup whole milk

Freshly grated nutmeg

1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

8 slices good quality white bread or Italian bread

2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter

Warm honey, for drizzling


Preheat a griddle pan to medium-high.  Combine pork with wine, fennel, garlic, onion, sage, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and EVOO. Mix with your hands to combine then form 8 small, thin patties. Cook patties 3-4 minutes on each side then keep warm in a low oven. Reduce heat under pan to medium for the French toast.   Whisk up eggs, remaining salt and pepper, a little nutmeg, and the grated cheese in a dish. Coat bread slices in the egg batter and cook on the griddle in a little melted butter until golden and cooked through.   Serve cheese toast with sausage patties alongside, drizzled with warm honey.

postheadericon Crab and Garlic Fried Rice

Crab and Garlic Fried Rice

4 cups cooked long-grain white rice, refrigerated for at least 1 to 2 days

2  tablespoons clarified butter

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

5 large egg yolks, beaten well

6 ounces lump crabmeat, picked over for cartilage and shells (about l cup)


Take the rice out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Heat a small cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and as soon as that gets hot, add the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often, until the garlic is fragrant and just starting to turn light golden. Do not let it brown. Add the rice and salt, stir, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until the rice is hot. Remove the lid and add the egg yolks. Stir continuously for about 2 minutes. Don’t let the egg form a crust on the bottom of the pan—the idea is to coat all the rice with the egg and to let the egg just set but not scramble. The rice should look moist. Add the crabmeat and cook for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat, cover, and let rest for 1 minute before serving.

postheadericon Asparagus with Butter and Soy & a Poached Egg

Asparagus with Butter and Soy

Kosher salt

White vinegar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1 bunch asparagus (about 1/2 pound), tough ends snapped off

2 teaspoons expeller-pressed vegetable oil

2 tablespoons soy sauce

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Fill a medium pot halfway with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Add enough kosher salt so that the water is as salty as seawater.   Meanwhile, fill a medium saucepan halfway with water, add a small splash of vinegar, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat so the water simmers gently. One at a time, crack each egg into a small teacup with a handle and then slowly and gently slide the egg into the simmering water—the rim of the cup should actually dip into the water so that the egg doesn’t have very far to fall. Adjust the heat so the water stays at a slow simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the white is just set and the yolk is still runny. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a plate.  Heat a 9-inch sauté pan over high heat. When the pan is very hot, drop the asparagus into the boiling water and cook for 25 to 30 seconds, less if the asparagus is very skinny. Drain the asparagus and gently shake them dry. Add the oil to the hot pan and swirl. Immediately add the asparagus and toss constantly for about 30 seconds, until they become slightly blistered in spots. Do not lower the heat. Add the soy sauce and shake the pan to coat the asparagus; as soon as it evaporates, remove the pan from the heat, add 1 tablespoon water, and immediately follow with the butter. Continue to toss the asparagus until the butter is melted, creating a dark golden brown emulsified sauce. If the sauce has broken, add up to a tablespoon of water and continue to toss until it comes back together. Divide the asparagus and the sauce between two plates,  and top each with a warm poached egg. Sprinkle the eggs with a little sea salt.

postheadericon Beef and Blue Entree

Beef and Blue Entree

2 slices beef tenderloin, 1 to 2-inches thick

1 T. olive oil

¼ C. red wine

1 clove garlic, minced

1 T. tomato paste

1 T. chopped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper

2 T. blue cheese, divided


Combine oil, wine, garlic, tomato paste, and parsley in a baking dish and mix well. Place filets in marinade and coat both sides of the meat well. Marinade in refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove filets from marinade, melt 1 T. butter and oil in grill pan or skillet over medium heat, place filets in pan and cook to desired doneness (160-degrees recommended).  Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

postheadericon Beef Bulgogi

Beef Bulgogi

3/4 lb. rib-eye steak, trimmed of excess fat

2 T. reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 1/2 tsp. toasted sesame oil

Dash of red pepper flakes

1 T. dark brown sugar

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger

1 red onion, halved and cut into 1-inch wedges

2 tsp. vegetable oil

Cooked rice for serving


Freeze the beef for 20 minutes; transfer to a clean work surface. Slice diagonally (across the grain) into 1/8-inch thick strips. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger. Place the onions in a small bowl; toss with half the soy marinade. Toss the steak in the remaining marinade; let stand for 15 minutes. Heat 1 tsp. of the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened; about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel. Heat the remaining tsp. of vegetable oil over high heat. Cook half the meat, turning often until browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the plate with the onions. Add the remaining meat and cook until browned. Add the onions and first batch of meat and any accumulated juices to the pan. Cook, tossing until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve over cooked rice.

postheadericon Fiesta Stuffed Shells

Fiesta Stuffed Shells

18 large pasta shells (stuffable kind)

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (12-ounce) jar picante sauce

1 cup water

1 pound ground round or lean ground beef

1 small white onion, chopped

Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste

1 small can chopped green chiles

1 cup grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, divided use

1 small can french-fried onion rings, divided use


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook pasta shells according to directions. Drain them when cooked and let cool a few minutes until they’re cool enough to handle. Separate them carefully so that they don’t tear or stick together. Set aside.  In bowl, combine tomato sauce, picante sauce and water. Set aside.  Brown meat with onions, salt and pepper. Add green chiles, 1/2 cup cheese, half a can of onion rings and 1/2 cup prepared sauce. Stir well and cook a minute or two, stirring.  Stuff shells with meat mixture. Pour remaining sauce over the shells and bake for 30 minutes uncovered. Sprinkle on rest of cheese and onions and cook another 5 minutes, until cheese is bubbling.

postheadericon Zesty Rhubarb Relish

1 C. Sugar

3/4 C. Cider

1/2 C. Water

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. minced Jalapeno Chile

1/2 tsp. Mustard Seeds

1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground Allspice

1/4 tsp. dried Red Pepper Flakes

1/4 tsp. ground Cloves

1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg

4 C. Rhubarb, sliced into 1/2″ pieces

1 lg. Onion, chopped

1 C. sliced Pitted Dates

1/2 C. Golden Raisins


Wash 2 pint jars and keep hot until needed.  Prepare lisds as manufacturer directs.  In 4 quart non aluminum pan, combine first 11 ingredients (sugar through nutmeg).  Heat to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add rhubarb and onion, cover and simmer over medium low for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add dried fruits and simmer for 20 minutes more, or until mixture is thick.  Ladle hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/2″ head space.  Wipe jar rim with a clean damp cloth.  Attach lid.   Process in boiling water canner 15 minutes.

postheadericon 5 Minute Shrimp Salsa

5 Minute Shrimp Salsa

1 cup fresh prepared salsa
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 tablespoon ketchup
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup cooked bay shrimp

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except shrimp, stirring well to combine.  Gently fold in the shrimp, and top with additional cilantro, if desired.

Serving Size: 3 T.

Calories: 25

Total Fat: 0g

Fiber: 0g

postheadericon Gnocchi Alfredo with Portobello Mushrooms

Gnocchi Alfredo with Portobello Mushrooms

1/2 cup unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, pressed

6oz portobello mushrooms, sliced thin

3 cups heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

25 oz package frozen gnocchi, (or fresh)

1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese

parsley, for garnish, optional

In a large skillet, sauté butter with garlic and mushroom slices over medium heat, until softened (about 5 minutes).  Slowly add in heavy cream, whisking while you add it to the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer over medium heat for about ten minutes. Sauce should thicken up slightly.

Add in gnocchi (frozen or fresh) and simmer until cooked through. If the gnocchi is frozen, this could take about 5 minutes. Add in parmesan cheese, stir and sprinkle with a sprig of parsley for garnish. Serve hot and ENJOY.

postheadericon Tomatoes Health Information

postheadericon Roast Beef Rubens with Horseradish Russian Dressing & Sauerkraut

Roast Beef Rubens with Horseradish Russian Dressing & Sauerkraut

3/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup (a small handful) fresh dill, chopped

About 3 tbsp. fresh chives, finely chopped

3 tbsp. ketchup

3 tbsp. relish

2 rounded tbsp. beet horseradish

Salt and pepper

Softened butter

8 slices Jewish marble rye

8 slices smoked Gouda

1 jar (16oz.) or 1 sack (1lb.) traditional refrigerated sauerkraut

1 tsp. each caraway and cumin seeds

1 1/4 lbs. rare roast beef, deli cut

8 slices Jarlsberg cheese

Half-sour or garlic deli pickles

In a small bowl, mix the sour cream, dill, chives, ketchup, relish and beet horseradish. Season the dressing with salt and pepper.    Butter one side of each slice of the bread and heat a griddle pan over medium.    With the buttered side facing down, top 4 slices of the bread with some of the dressing and 2 slices each of the smoked Gouda.     In a small saucepan, heat the sauerkraut with the seeds over medium just to heat through, about 5 minutes.  Top the Gouda with the roast beef and sauerkraut, then the Jarlsberg. Top with the remaining bread, buttered side up. Griddle until the cheeses melt and the bread is deep golden and crispy, about 5 minutes per side. Cut the sandwiches from corner to corner and serve with the pickles.

postheadericon Spicy Devil’s Brew

Spicy Devil’s Brew


3 chopped jalapeños

1 1/2 cups vodka

2 cups triple sec

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

Rims of the glasses

3 tbsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground chili powder

Lime wedge

Fresh chiles


For the Spicy Devil’s Brew: In a large bowl, muddle 3 chopped jalapeños. Add 1 1/2 cups vodka and let sit for 15 minutes to infuse. Mix in 2 cups triple sec, 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail and 1/2 cup fresh lime juice. Refrigerate until chilled.   For the rims of the glasses: Toss 3 tbsp. kosher salt with 1 tsp. ground chili powder. Rub a lime wedge around the rims to moisten; dip in the chili salt and garnish each glass with fresh chile “horns.”


How about a mocktail instead?  On a small plate, mix 3 tbsp. kosher salt and 1 tsp. ground chili powder.  In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, vigorously shake 1/3 cup sugar with 1/3 cup water and 2-3 jalapeños until sugar dissolves; strain the jalapeño syrup.   In a large pitcher filled with ice, mix the jalapeño syrup, 3 ½ cups pomegranate juice, 3 ½ cups ginger beer and 1/2 cup lime juice.   Rub a lime wedge around the rims of 8 glasses to moisten; dip in the chili salt.   Strain the drink into 8 glasses; garnish each with chili horns.


postheadericon Scrambled Egg & Avocado Toast

Scrambled Egg & Avocado Toast

1 teaspoon butter

1 egg, beaten

1/4 avocado

1 slice sprouted wheat bread, toasted

jalapeno hot sauce, such as Tabasco

In small nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add egg; season and scramble. In small bowl, mash avocado; season and spread on toast. Top with egg; sprinkle with pepper and hot sauce. Makes 1.

postheadericon Cherry Stone Panna Cotta

Cherry Stone Panna Cotta

This delicate, wobbling cream is perfumed with the mysterious cherry-almond essence contained in the kernel of the cherry pits— a reward for pitting the cherries.

3 pounds cherries

2 1/4 cups heavy cream, or more if needed

1 1/2 cups whole milk

3/4 cup sugar

2 1/4 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin (1 envelope is 1 tablespoon)

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

Pit the cherries, reserving 1/2 cup pits, and set the cherries aside for serving. Rinse the pits to remove any remaining fruit, and rub them in a clean tea towel to dry them. Now smash the pits: put them in another tea towel on a hard surface and smash them with a hammer so that they split open. Picking out just the kernels is tedious—it’s fine to use the kernels and shells together.  Combine the pits, cream, milk, and sugar in a medium stainless-steel saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. (Like apple seeds, cherry pits contain  very small amounts of cyanide, which is toxic only in relatively large quantities. However, heating the cherry pits will release fumes that you should not breathe in, so do this in a well-ventilated area and do not stick your head directly over the pan while the pits are simmering.) Remove from the heat, cover tightly, and set aside to steep for 1 hour.  Uncover the pan and return the liquid to a simmer. Meanwhile, put 2 tablespoons cold water in a medium bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over the water to allow it to soften. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.  Strain the hot liquid through a fine-mesh strainer into a measuring cup. You need 4 cups liquid total; add a little more cream if necessary. Slowly pour the hot cream mixture over the gelatin, whisking gently to dissolve the gelatin. Whisk in the salt and taste.  Set the bowl into an ice bath. Stir frequently so the panna cotta cools evenly. When it is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes, divide it among eight 4-ounce custard or tea cups. Cover the cups tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, 4 to 6 hours.  Serve in the cups or unmold if desired by gradually tipping the cup upside down above a plate while lifting one side of the panna cotta off the cup and easing it onto the plate. Serve with some of the fresh cherries.

postheadericon Pan-roasted Clams with Sake

Pan-roasted Clams with Sake

2 1/2 pounds small littleneck or Manila clams

1 tablespoon expeller-pressed vegetable oil

1/2 cup sake

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup thinly sliced scallions, white and light green parts

Kosher salt, if needed

Scrub the clams thoroughly with a brush under cold running water. Drain them in a colander and pat them dry with a paper towel.  Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the oil and immediately add the clams. Give them a shake, and cook for one minute. Add the sake, and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Cook for another minute, shaking the pan every 10 seconds. Check the clams: If most of them are open, cover again until all the clams are open, again shaking the pan a little. If only a few have opened, lower the heat and continue to cook, removing clams as they open.

When all the clams have opened, remove the pan from the heat and add the butter (and any clams you removed). Add the scallions and swirl until all the butter is melted. Taste, and season with salt if necessary.

postheadericon Grilled Broccoli with Parsley, Garlic, and Anchovies

2 small bunches of tender broccoli

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving

6 anchovy fillets, minced

2 garlic cloves, mashed to a paste

Grated zest of l lemon

1/3 C. finely chopped Flat Leaf Parsley

2 tsp. Chile Flakes

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill. Cut the broccoli lengthwise to make long florets with all of the tender stem attached. Blanch in well-salted boiling water for just 15 to 20 seconds, a little longer if the broccoli is very mature. Drain well, transfer to a medium bowl, and toss with 1 tablespoon of the oil. When the flame has died down and the coals are completely covered with ash, grill the broccoli to slightly char it all over.  Mix the anchovies, garlic, lemon zest, parsley, remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and chile flakes in a bowl. Add the grilled broccoli, toss well, and serve with olive oil at the table for drizzling.


postheadericon Cranberry Quick Bread

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan

2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan

1 cup packed light-brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3/4 cup whole milk

1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries

1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, for topping (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter and flour a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan (8-cup capacity), and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, combine butter, egg, and milk. Add wet mixture to dry mixture, and whisk to combine; fold in cranberries.     Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle top with turbinado sugar, if desired. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let bread cool 30 minutes. Invert onto rack, then immediately turn right side up to cool completely.

postheadericon Soy-Glazed Flank Steak with Blistered Green Beans

Soy-Glazed Flank Steak with Blistered Green Beans

1 pound fresh green beans
1 pound beef flank steak
6 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons peanut oil
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (optional)
4 green onions or scallions, white parts only, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sweet rice wine (mirin)
1 teaspoon red chile paste (sambal oelek)
Sesame seeds, toasted (optional)
Hot cooked jasmine rice (optional)

Trim and halve the green beans on the diagonal; set aside. Cut the flank steak across the grain into thin slices; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the garlic and ginger; set aside. In another small bowl, combine the soy sauce and brown sugar; set aside. In a very large skillet or work, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add the green beans; cook and stir for 7 to 8 minutes or until beans are blistered and brown in spots. Add the cherry tomatoes, if using. Cook and stir until wilted and slightly softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer bean mixture to paper towels to drain. If necessary, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Add the garlic-ginger mixture to the skillet; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add half the beef strips to the skillet; cook and stir about 3 minutes, or until the beef is browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the browned beef to a bowl; repeat with the remaining beef. Return all the beef to the skillet. Stir in the green onions, rice wine, chile paste, and the soy sauce-sugar mixture. Cook and stir for 1 minute; add the green beans. Cook and stir until the beans are heated through, about 2 minutes more. If desired, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve with hot cooked rice.

If desired, marinate the sliced steak in a mixture of the following for a couple hours in the fridge: 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon minced ginger, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons sesame oil, 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, and 1 teaspoon red chile paste. Then proceed with the rest of the recipe.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 312
Fat: 16g
Fiber: 4g

postheadericon Pho-Flavor Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps

Pho-Flavor Flank Steak Lettuce Wraps

2 pounds beef flank steak
2 cups coarsely chopped yellow onions (2 large)
2 cups water
1/4 cup fish sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 fresh jalapeno chile peppers, finely chopped*
4 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder
12 large Boston lettuce, Swiss chard, or napa cabbage leaves
4 ounces radishes, cut into thin bite-size strips (1 cup)
3/4 cup fresh Thai basil leaves
3 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
2 tablespoons lime juice
Asian chili sauce (Sriracha sauce) (optional)
Lime wedges (optional)

Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 2-inch pieces. Place meat in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Top with yellow onions. In a medium bowl combine the water, fish sauce, sugar, vinegar, half of the jalapeno peppers, and the five-spice powder. Pour vinegar mixture over mixture in cooker.
Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Remove meat from cooker, reserving cooking liquid. Transfer half of the meat to an airtight container or freezer container; cover and chill or freeze for another use. Shred or chop the remaining meat; transfer to a medium bowl. Strain cooking liquid. Stir enough of the strained liquid (about 1/4 cup) into shredded meat to moisten. To serve, divide shredded meat among lettuce leaves. Top with radishes, basil leaves, green onions, and the remaining jalapeno peppers. Sprinkle with lime juice. If desired, serve with Asian chili sauce and lime wedges. From the Test Kitchen: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 229
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 2g

postheadericon Easy Pea-sy Bacon Topped Crostini

Easy Pea-sy Bacon Topped Crostini

4oz. portion of Baguette
1 C. Frozen Peas, thawed
3 T. Light Cream Cheese
Salt & Pepper
3 T. Real Bacon Bits
2 T. Parmesan Cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°F. At a slight angle, slice 18 half-inch bread slices from the baguette. Arrange slices on a baking sheet and spray tops with cooking spray. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until tops just begin to brown. Place the peas, cream cheese, pepper, and salt in a blender and puree until smooth. Spread each crostini with about 2 teaspoons of pea mixture, sprinkle with bacon bits, and lightly dust with grated Parmesan. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt. Serve immediately.

Yield: 18 Servings (2 crostini)
Calories: 70
Fat: 2g
Fiber: 1g

postheadericon Bacon & Egg Fried Rice

Bacon & Egg Fried Rice

3 C. leftover (cold) cooked white rice
1/4 lb bacon, diced
1 large onion, diced or slivered
1-2 Eggs, beaten
~1 T. Soy sauce, to taste
1/4 tsp. Black pepper, to taste

Break up the lumps in the cold rice with your hand; set aside. Prepare other ingredients before cooking. Mix the soy sauce and wine in a small dish. Fry the bacon in a wok on high heat until nearly crisp. Remove most of the fat, leaving ~2 T. or less. Add the onions and fry with bacon until soft and golden. Push the bacon/onions to the side and scramble the eggs in the fat at the bottom of the wok. Add the rice and mix everything together until rice is hot. Sprinkle with soy sauce/wine and pepper and stir to mix.

postheadericon Baked Cheese Bites

Baked Cheese Bites

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
6 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a large cookie sheet. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Stir in the cheddar cheese and melted butter to form a firm dough. Roll pieces of dough into ropes as big around as a penny. Slice into 1/4 inch pieces. You may need to chill the dough until firm for better rolling. Place the slices onto the prepared cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the bottoms of the coins are lightly toasted and the tops are firm. Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

postheadericon Baked Cheese Grits with Rosemary

Baked Cheese Grits with Rosemary

4 C. water
1 C. quick cooking grits
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. (packed) shredded cheese-I used Colby/Jack, but you can use anything that melts easily
2 T. fresh rosemary, minced
1/2 C. milk
2 large eggs
freshly ground black pepper
2 T. butter
1/3 C. Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a pot, bring water to a boil. Slowly add grits while whisking constantly. Decrease heat to medium (simmer) and continue to whisk until slightly thickened, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat. Add cheese and rosemary, and stir to incorporate. Combine milk and eggs in a small bowl and whisk together until just incorporated. Slowly pour eggs and milk mixture into grits, stirring constantly. Add a couple grinds of freshly ground pepper and more salt if needed. Pour into a 8×10 (or similar in size) casserole/baking dish that has been buttered on bottom and sides. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour, or until set and firm to the touch. Sprinkle Parmesan on top, dot top with butter, and return to oven with broiler on. Broil top for a couple minutes until golden brown. Keep a close eye on it! Allow grits to sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting/serving to allow the grits to set.

postheadericon Sandwich Bread Waffles

Sandwich Bread Waffles

2 eggs (separated)
2 C. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. buttermilk (or add 1 tsp of lemon juice to regular milk and let it sit for 5 min)
2 T. melted butter
1/4 C. of green onion, chopped
3/4 C. of grated cheese (I used Tillamook White Cheddar – so good!)

Beat the egg whites until just firm; set aside. Add all the dry ingredients to a clean mixing bowl; whisk to combine. Beat the egg yolks and add them to the milk. Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ones. Add melted butter and beat on low until just combined. Add the shredded cheese and the green onion and mix in. Fold the egg whites into the mix and stir gently until just combined. Preheat your waffle iron. Add batter and cook according to manufacturers’ directions.

Use these waffles to make a sandwich, instead of regular sandwich bread. Excellent as bread for a BLT or a Turkey, Bacon, Swiss sandwich.

postheadericon Waffle Iron Fried Cheese

Waffle Iron Fried Cheese

3 T. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. paprika, or a pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 lb. low-moisture mozzarella, sliced about 1/2 inch thick (see note above)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 C. bread crumbs
Nonstick cooking spray
Salsa, for serving (optional)

Preheat waffle iron. (Set it to medium if it has temperature controls.). On a plate, mix flour with paprika or cayenne. Place eggs in a second plate or bowl and bread crumbs in a third. Working one slice at a time, coat cheese in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Spray both sides of waffle iron with nonstick spray, place as many cheese slices as will fit in waffle iron, and close lid. Cook until bread crumbs turn golden brown, about 1 minute. Repeat with any remaining cheese. Serve hot on its own or with salsa for dipping. Note: Any good melting cheese such as young provolone, fontina, Jack, cheddar, or a queso chihuahua can be used in place of the mozzarella. Avoid fresh mozzarella or dry cheese meant for grating. Some recipes call for the breaded cheese to be refrigerated (or frozen) before cooking. I did not find this to be necessary with the waffle iron version, but you can certainly bread the cheese several hours ahead and refrigerate it until you’re ready to waffle.

postheadericon Green Chile Waffled Quesadillas

Green Chile Waffled Quesadillas

4 flour tortillas
1 C. shredded Mexican- style cheese, such as queso Chihuahua or Monterey Jack
1⁄4 C. chopped canned green chiles

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Coat both sides of the waffle iron grid with nonstick spray. Place a tortilla on the waffle iron and, taking care because the waffle iron is hot, spread half of the cheese and half of the green chiles evenly across the tortilla, leaving a margin of an inch or so around the edge of the tortilla. Top with another tortilla and close the waffle iron. Check the quesadilla after 3 minutes. When the cheese is melted and the tortilla has golden brown waffle marks, it is ready. Remove the quesadilla from the waffle iron. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 with the remaining ingredients, cut into wedges, and serve. Notes: For a more substantial meal, add one of the following to the tortilla in Step 2: • 1⁄2 C. shredded chicken or pork • 1⁄2 C. sliced steak • 1⁄2 C. refried beans Garnish with one or more of the following: • Chopped scallion • Crumbled bacon • Sour cream • Salsa • Guacamole

postheadericon Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

2 ½ Lemons
4 medium Eggs
1 ¼ C. Sugar
¾ C. Oil (neutral taste, not cold pressed)
¾ C. Orange Juice
2 ¼ C. Flour
1 T. Baking Powder
1 C. Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 400. Remove zest from one lemon and squeeze juice from all lemons. Beat eggs and sugar until light and creamy. Add oil, orange juice and ¾ of the lemon juice. Briskly stir in half the lemon zest, flour and baking powder. Pour batter in prepared bundt pan; bake 50-55 minutes. Soft powdered sugar and mix with remaining lemon juice to make a glaze. Spread onto cooled cake and sprinkle with remaining zest.

postheadericon Waffled Hash Browns with Rosemary

Waffled Hash Browns with Rosemary

1 (10 oz.) russet (baking) potato, peeled and shredded
1/2 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped, or 1 tsp. dried rosemary
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. unsalted butter, melted
grated cheese, sour cream or ketchup, for serving

Preheat a waffle iron on medium. Squeeze the shredded potato with a towel until it’s as dry as you can manage. (Excess liquid is the enemy of crispiness; your potatoes will steam if they aren’t dried well.)
In a mixing bowl, combine the shredded potato, rosemary, salt and pepper. With a silicone brush, spread the butter on both sides of the waffle iron. Pile the shredded potatoes into the waffle iron–overstuff the waffle iron a bit–and close the lid. (The pressure of the lid will compress the potatoes and help them emerge as a cohesive, waffled unit.) After 2 minutes, press down a bit on the lid to further compress the potatoes. (Careful: The lid may be hot.) Check the potatoes after 10 minutes. They should be just starting to turn golden brown in places. When the potatoes are golden brown throughout, 1 to 2 minutes more, carefully remove them from the waffle iron. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream or ketchup.

postheadericon Very Basic Cake Recipe

Very Basic Cake Recipe

1 11” spring form pan, 1 13” loaf pan, or 1 10”x15” jellyroll pan

4 medium Eggs
1 ¼ C. Sugar
¾ C. Oil (neutral taste, not cold pressed)
¾ C. Liquid (juice, dairy, coffee, or wine)
2 ¼ C. Flour
1 T. Baking Powder

Grease pan well and sprinkle with flour. For springform pans, only grease the bottom. Never fill pans more than 2/3 full. Preheat oven to 400. Beat Eggs and sugar in mixing bowl for 2-3 minutes until light and creamy. Add oil and liquid to sugar and egg mixture, while stirring constantly. Sift flour, combine with baking powder; add to bowl and mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake just below center of oven for 25 minutes in a shallow pan or 45 minutes in a deep pan. Check with a toothpick or chopstick; if batter sticks, bake the cake a few more minutes.

Chocolate: Use Orange juice for your liquid. Add 3 T. cocoa to flour. Melt 1 ¼ C. semisweet chips and spread on cooled cake.

postheadericon WBLT (Waffled Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato)

WBLT (Waffled Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato)

3 strips bacon
1 T. Butter, room temperature
2 slices sturdy Sandwich Bread
1 small ripe tomato, cut into ½ inch slices
2 leaves lettuce, washed and dried completely

Preheat the waffle iron on medium. Place the bacon strips in the waffle iron and close the lid. To ensure the bacon cooks thoroughly and evenly, make sure no part of the bacon is hanging out of the waffle iron. After 4 minutes, check the bacon—thin-cut slices could be ready, though thicker cuts may need I or 2 minutes more. When the bacon is crispy without being blackened, remove it from the waffle iron and set aside. Turn the waffle iron down to low. Spread a thin, even layer of butter on one side of each piece of bread. Spread the mayonnaise on the other side of one slice of bread and place it—mayo side up—on the waffle iron, as far away from the hinge as possible. (This allows the lid to press down on the sandwich more evenly.) Distribute the bacon, tomato, and lettuce evenly across the sandwich. Top with the second slice of bread, butter side up. Close the lid of the waffle iron and cook until the bread is golden brown, 2 minutes. About halfway through, you may need to rotate the sandwich 180 degrees to ensure even pressure and cooking. Remove the sandwich, slice it in half diagonally, and serve. Variations: Add a slice of Avocado; Sub Arugula for Lettuce, Sub smoked salmon for bacon, Add sliced hard boiled egg, sub roasted red pepper for the tomato, sub pesto for mayo.

postheadericon Dehydrator: Rhubarb Candy

Dehydrator: Rhubarb Candy

Harvest rhubarb stalks and clean well. In large pot mix equal parts sugar and water. You’ll need just enough to coat rhubarb. Bring up to almost a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from heat and allow to cool. Meanwhile, prepare your rhubarb. Cut each stalk into pieces 4-5 inches long. Slice each piece lengthwise into thin strips, about 4-5 strips per piece. Once done, submerge rhubarb in simple syrup (it doesn’t need to be completely cool). Coat each piece and then transfer to lined dehydrator trays, evenly spaced and not touching. Dry on the vegetable setting (125 degrees) and dry until the pieces have shrunk by about half and are just slightly flexible. If you want to be fancy, remove them carefully while still warm and twist them around a dowel or your fingers to make it curly. Store in airtight container.