So here's the deal, kids...

I don't have recipes, really. I'm not a foodie. I'm not a master chef. It would be rare that one dish will taste the same way again. What I am is a good cook. I like to look in the cupboard, fridge, and freezer, see what we got, and make something out of it that is tasty, nutritious, and interesting. I like to use fresh ingredients, but I'm not wedded to them. I'll use frozen and canned vegetables. I'll use onion soup mix or gravy mix in the pot roast. I'm not proud, and I'm not picky, except that I try to stay as healthy as possible. Hey, these are my kids I'm feeding. If you think what I do looks fun and you want to emulate it, I can get no higher compliment. Let me know how it turns out.

Blueberry Compote (not “compost”)

Ingredients: Frozen blueberries Orange/pineapple/mango juice (or whatever juice you want) Cinnamon Nutmeg Lemon juice Lime juice Spiced rum Brown sugar This is such a silly little thing that I hesitate to include it, but it was easy, and it worked. That’s what we’re all looking for in cooking, right? “Easy, and it worked.” Grandma and […]

Chili Verde…. I mean, Chili Colorado

For this, you need: Two sliced-up chicken breasts or sliced-up pork of about the same weight – maybe close to a pound. A half pound to pound of chorizo (optional, but it helps). Two cans of chicken stock. A green pepper. An Anaheim pepper. A poblano pepper. (I used extra slices of red, yellow, and […]

Surprisingly Good Stir-Fry

For this, I used: Olive oil Soy sauce Minced garlic Cajun spice One wrap Bell pepper White onion Leftover fajita chicken pieces, spiced and already cooked One slice of pineapple with syrup Fresh mushrooms Fresh spinach Something else that escapes me at the moment Grandma had made her delicious black bean soup, and we were […]

Nutless Banana Bread

For this, you will need: 1-3/4 cup of flour, plus a little more 1/2 cup sugar, maybe with some brown sugar on the side 1/2 tspn baking soda 1 tspn baking powder salt 2 eggs 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine 3 overripe bananas fresh-ground coffee some vanilla some rum cinnamon nutmeg allspice I first […]

Baked Potato

One spud, one dinner for two. For this you will need: A potato. Anything else you want to add. I’m suggesting mushrooms, broccoli, cheese, soy, and a little red wine. Take a russet potato. Or some other type of potato, if these things matter to you. Scrub off the dirt. Poke holes in every side […]

Leftover-Chicken Burrito

For this, you will need: Leftover chicken. Fresh burrito vegetables – chili peppers, bell peppers, onion. Canned refritos. I like zesty or jalapeno flavors. Cheese. Tortillas or wraps. Optional: Black olives, canned diced chilis Grandma had cooked some mighty fine chicken breasts before I got home. I’m not sure what all she did, but she […]

Tequila Salmon

For this you will need: A slab of salmon, preferably wild caught. Some tequila, and not too expensive. A lime. Garlic, lemon pepper, pepper, chili powder, and your choice of other Latin spices. Vegetables to your taste. Baked potatoes would be nice. Here’s something that I cooked one night for just Grandma ‘n’ me. I’d […]

Grandpa’s lasagna

For this, you will need: A pound of meat. Various bell peppers, mushrooms, couple slices of onions, zucchini, fresh spinach. A tub of cottage cheese. A good-sized chunk of mozzarella. A can or jar of spaghetti sauce. Oven-ready lasagna pasta. Italian-type spices: Garlic, oregano, peppers, cilantro, and the like. Look at the pasta box. Whatever […]

Chili

Chili

For this you will need: A pound of meat. At lease a side off a yellow, red, and orange bell pepper. A poblano/pasilla pepper and an Anaheim pepper. One or two jalapeno peppers – but don’t slice them up. An onion with a couple slices left to it. A can of tomatoes, maybe Mexican or […]