Berries picked the night before and transported to my local farmers market

A Trip to the Farmers Market

In my community, there is a weekly farmers market, and I love to go there whenever  I can.  Unfortunately, my work schedule keeps me away far too often.  For me, a trip to the farmers market is an adventure.  I will concede that I may be  a bit strange, but I love to look at different fruits and vegetables. I have been introduced to several vegetables and fruits that I had never heard of while shopping there. One of my favorite discoveries is Lamb’s Quarters, or Quelites in Spanish, which is a mild and wild spinach.   The vendor explained how […]

The Loaded Baked Potato Mashed Potato Pancake

Thanksgiving Leftover Make-Over–Fully Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

Part of our Thanksgiving morning ritual for years included my first born son and me wandering into the kitchen very early to begin the process of preparing Thanksgiving dinner.    While the rest of our household slept, I rinsed, dried, seasoned and stuffed the turkey as I  prepared it for the oven.  Meanwhile, my number one son would sit on a chair in front of the trash can  peeling potatoes for the mashed potatoes.  I would always finish prepping the turkey and have it in the oven before he finished peeling potatoes, and we would finish the job together. I don’t […]

bone in chicken

First World Food Problems

I admit it. I get a lot of ideas for my blog posts while I am at work. Today’s post was inspired by comments made by two of my co-workers during lunch. We are always sharing food where I work. Several of the women in my department are excellent cooks, and we often find ourselves serving as taste testers for new recipes. On this particular day, one of my coworkers had prepared a chicken stew. I had already sampled some, and it was quite good. My other co-worker served herself a small portion and proclaimed that she didn’t like it. […]

Bacon Ranch Pizza Bites

When I was a little girl,  my dad would make little kitchen experiments.  One of those experiments that I have always remembered was his bacon pizzas.  I remember the first time he made them for us.  He invited me into the kitchen to watch him cook.  He took slices of bread and topped them with slices of cheese and sprinkled chopped leftover bacon on top and popped them into the oven.  Within a few minutes, he served up toasty warm cheese and bacon pizzas.  They were good,  and I often asked him to make them for me when I was […]

Shrimp and Vegetable Quiche–A Leftover Makeover

Leftovers lurk in the dark recesses of my refrigerator.  They are trying to weaken my resolve to use everything and let nothing go to waste.  Sometimes, it’s something that we didn’t really like that much.  Other times, it’s something that there just isn’t enough of to make a meal.  There are even times when it was such an unusual thing that it just doesn’t seem to go with anything else that’s lying around in the fridge.  Of course, there are those occasions where I totally misjudge the volume of food the recipe is going to make and we end up […]

Dessert–As Easy as 1-2-3

Sometimes, things don’t go as you plan in the kitchen.  At least, that’s what happens at my house.  Take the bananas that no one ate.  Warmer weather means a shorter shelf life for the bananas, and I am less ambitious in the kitchen the warmer it gets.  As a result, I found myself procrastinating as the bananas passed the point where someone would eat them, then they passed the point where I could use them in banana pudding. Finally, they were beyond even an ingredient in a smoothie.  We had arrived at D-day.  D stands for decision.  I had to […]

Sum Gum Soup, A Leftover Makeover

The failed batch of Sum Gum kept taunting me from inside the refrigerator.  It had already been two days, and I shuddered each time I saw it lurking on the second shelf.  I had to do something with it before it spoiled, but I wasn’t sure exactly what.   It was time for me to gather my resources and do a leftover makeover. The purpose of publishing my leftover makeovers is to help inspire ways to transform the odds and ends left in the refrigerator into something new. This week, we will look at how I transformed some less than desirable […]

The Trash report--food waste

The Trash Report

When I assigned the homework in which I requested that you keep track of what food items you throw into the trash during the course of a week, I promised that I would keep track of my family’s food waste as well and report it here. So, here is an itemized list of the food that was tossed from our fridge this past week for being too old to eat. 1.  A large mango that had gotten wrinkled and was brown when I cut into it. 2.  One grapefruit that had a large brown spot on the outside and the […]

Save 10% to 40% on Groceries

  Last week, I mentioned that when I watch those TV shows or news clips where people have basements full of food items and do super coupon shopping and bring home tons of food items for next to nothing, I am very impressed, but I often wonder how much of that food gets used before it spoils. Food that spoils before it is used goes into the trash. Food that goes into the trash is money wasted. This is an obvious fact, but it’s one that is often overlooked. I know a woman who routinely throws out all of her […]