• Quick Bites

    Kitchen Tips #1

        When chilled, fresh herbs will become limp and blacken.  So put them stem side down in a glass of water and keep them in a cool place in your kitchen.   It’s easy to make coconut milk if you can’t find it in your local grocery store.  Put shredded coconut in a jar, then into a pan of boiling water and let stand for 20 minutes.  Strain and use.   Adding garlic to a long simmering dish at the beginning of your cooking process will lose much of its nutrients by the time it is served.  Try preparing the garlic as a paste with a bit of salt…

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    Recipe for Mustard Baked Beef Ribs

    I’m always looking for a new way to prepare beef ribs instead of with good ol’ BBQ sauce, which I love, but every once in a while I want something different.  Over the last several years I have become a big lover of mustard, one of those things I just hated as a little kid! Here’s my latest:  (I made these ribs in my oven, but you can certainly do them on your outdoor grill.) 3 pound beef ribs 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard (maybe even 1 more tablespoon if you are a “mustard person”) 1 tablespoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3 cloves fresh garlic Salt and pepper…

  • Recipes,  Smörgåsbord

    Pasta di Olive – Black Olive Paste

      Try this versatile olive paste.  Use it as a pizza base, in a tomato pasta sauce or on toasted ciabatta.  It’s also great added to a vinaigrette. 1 Cup black olives, pitted and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil Fresh ground Black pepper to taste Mix all ingredients in a food processor.  Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy!

  • Quick Bites,  Smörgåsbord

    Eggplant Cooking Tip!

      Eggplants absorb a good deal of oil during frying, but salt can help to minimize that.  Slice your eggplant in the way you intend to cook them (into rounds or lengthwise), then place them in a strainer.  Generously sprinkle with salt, and let them stand for about an hour.  Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels right before frying.

  • Quick Bites

    Quotable Food Quotes

                “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” Hippocrates   “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” George Bernard Shaw   “Too eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” La Rochefoucauld   “A man cannot have a pure mind who refuses apple-dumplings.” Charles Lamb

  • Quick Bites

    Marketplace in Paris

    My friends, Dan and Fran Rycerz recently returned from Europe, and shared this photo of various fruit at an outdoor marketplace in Paris, France. I love the beautiful colors!  We should all eat ‘colorful’ food everyday…not just fruit. Enjoy the photo.  Thanks, Dan and Fran.

  • Recipes

    Taquito Turkey Leftovers

    This recipe was originally created with cooked chicken, but it works just as well with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.  Even a little bit less in calories, not only because of the turkey, but also because these taquitos are baked, not fried. I serve these for lunch (also easily re-heated to take to work), or dinner with a green salad.  I have even added egg substitute for a high protein, filling breakfast. Ingredients: 3/4 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup white onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 2 cups shredded cooked turkey meat (white or dark) 2 cups…

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