Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Perfect Grilled Vegetables

Simple to make, grilled vegetables are loaded with the flavor of summer.  These vegetables are extremely versatile, and depending up on your choice of seasoning, they can be made to be the perfect accompaniment to a variety of meat entrees.   Of course, there is nothing quite as delicious as these grilled vegetables, so you’ll want to eat them by themselves, too. Since I was grilling pork chops coated with a Cajun spice rub, I opted for Cajun seasoning for these vegetables.  I tend to treat all of the vegetables basically the same, when seasoning a batch for dinner.  Only […]

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Grilled Potatoes

If you’ve never tried grilled potatoes, you need to add them to your next summer barbecue.  These potatoes are perfectly seasoned, and the light carmelization that grilling adds to their flesh makes them irresistibly delicious.  These idea for these grilled potatoes actually started with a potato salad.   I saw a delicious recipe for grilled potato salad a few weeks ago.  The recipe looked and sounded delicious, but what intrigued me more that the potato salad was the idea of grilling potatoes.  We love potatoes around here.  Baked potatoes are a favorite with Sue Chef and Bus Boy, and   […]

Cabbage stir fried with onions and garlic

Stir Fried Cabbage

Since Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, my local grocer has had some excellent prices on cabbage.   Since I always try to shop sales, I picked up a couple of extra heads.  Cabbages tend to store for a much longer time than heads of lettuce.  Historically, they were stored for long periods hung upside down by their roots in an outside building or mulched in the gardens for families to enjoy well into the winter.  Unfortunately, the cabbage you buy at your local grocer has been far too abused to last that long, but they will last for […]

Melon Salad in a Jar

Layered Melon Salad in a Jar

I must be feeling lazy this week because everything I’ve been making has been a cheat.  Today’s post is no different, but it was so cute, I had to share it.  I was cutting up some melons and packaging the chunks to take with our lunches.  I ran out of the plastic box-shaped containers, so I impulsively grabbed a wide mouth pint jar to fill with melon.   I scooped in equal portions of leftover watermelon, honey-dew, and cantaloupe.  The final result was very colorful as you can see in the photo above. It’s no surprise to people who come to this […]

Good Tasting Guacamole Without Avocado – Fact or Fiction?

If you like guacamole, I have some sad news for you.  Apparently, there is a nationwide shortage of avocados due to the drought in California.   This shortage is driving up avocado prices which makes it more expensive to whip up a big bowl of guacamole to serve with chips and salsa.   At my house, the avocado shortage was not caused by drought conditions.  It was caused by this guy: His name is Riddick, and he ate my avocado tree.  No, really!  While unsupervised in the yard, he chewed the branches off of my avocado tree one by one […]

Lentils and Rice

Rice with Lentils

Today’s recipe is about making use of some inexpensive and very basic pantry staples–rice and lentils.  If you aren’t familiar with lentils, allow me to introduce you to this amazing little pulse.    Lentils are really quite amazing. They are those cute, little, brown, lens shaped things they sell in bags or bins in the grocery store. Lentils are one of the first domesticated crops.  In fact, archeological evidence suggests that humans have been eating lentils since the aceramic neolithic period.  (Aceramic = before pottery, which makes me wonder how they cooked their lentils.  I’ve searched the internet without success, […]