No-Bake Easter Nests

One good thing about having a well stocked pantry is that it’s easy to whip up treats for your loved ones without making a run to the store.  Before I continue though, I have to confess something.  I love jelly beans.  Jelly Belly beans are my favorite, and I almost always have some around the house.  It makes my husband crazy because he doesn’t understand why I buy jelly beans when Easter is no where in sight.  The truth is that I have a Jelly Belly addiction. Now that I’ve addressed that issue, I’m ready to move forward with this […]

Shrimp Florentine

Everyone knows that I love simple recipes that come together quickly and easily from things that are already on hand in my pantry.  Pasta dishes are always a big hit with everyone in our house and almost everyone in our family loves shrimp.  This recipe came together one day as I was scouring the refrigerator looking for likely candidates to go into the evening meal.  I had purchased some medium/large shrimp on sale a few days earlier and knew they were going to become part of this meal, but I wasn’t sure what else would go into the mix. First, […]

Clam Chowder from Food Storage Items--Delicious served in a bread bowl.

Clam Chowder From Food Storage Items

As the weather gets colder, we begin to think in terms of  foods that are hot and hearty.  Nothing is more comforting than a warm bowl of clam chowder served with some crusty sour dough bread.  Baker’s Man isn’t much of a soup fan, but he loves chowder.  After growing up in San Francisco, he is  also very fond of sour dough bread.  Clam Chowder served in a sour dough bowl seemed like a great idea. 

Easy Southern Style Banana Pudding

My mother made delicious banana cream pies when I was growing up.  We’ll talk about Mom’s pies later.  My friend, Tammy, had a mother who made delicious banana pudding.  Both of them made these dishes from scratch.  I will be sharing their recipes in the future.  Anyone who comes here often knows that sometimes, I just want to be lazy, I want to take a simple approach to making dessert. This recipe fits the bill, though banana pudding is still labor-intensive if you want it to look pretty.  My mom asked me once why we bothered to take all the […]

Grilled Chicken Salad wiht Watermelon

Grilled Chicken Salad With Watermelon?

It all started with a bunch of inexpensive watermelons.  Watermelons are the perfect summer food.  They come in their own package.  They’re loaded with juice which helps to quench your thirst.  They’re low in calories, and you only need a knife to cut them up so you can eat them.   More civilized folks might want to consider using a bowl and a fork, but we’re pretty much barbarians when it comes to watermelon. So, one day, while holding a 10 inch chef’s knife and staring at the dwindling pile of watermelons in my kitchen, I thought of the summer […]

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, […]

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 […]

fried rice

Fried Rice, A Leftover Recipe

For many Americans, it may be shocking to discover that the fried rice we spend good money on is, historically, a way to utilize leftover rice.   The real irony is that the “house special fried rice”, the most expensive version of fried rice,  on so many restaurants menus is actually similar to what I make for my family when I clean out the refrigerator.  My husband calls this “kitchen floor fried rice” because we put all the little odds and ends that are laying around into it.  He claims that I  sweep all the scraps up off the floor and […]