Wrap the Meat

Soon we will celebrate the first days of spring, and in spring a young girl’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of … meat.

Well, meat’s an appropriate topic all year round, actually.

We’ve been buying spiral hams at Costco – they last us for weeks with all kinds of meals: ham and eggs, ham sandwiches, […]

Buying lots of things to cook one

Have you ever been at the grocery store and been seduced by a great deal on, say, a fresh August tomato? And then have you decided you just had to go and get some fresh mozzarella and some fresh basil and a new vinaigrette dressing to go with it?

Well, if you haven’t, then you’re […]

The costs of chili; and we get some public mention!

The student-produced TV show “For Your Island” is made at the university where I work, and they were nice enough to interview me about a bunch of things, including I’m an adjunct professor, as they point out, and I’ve had a class to teach this semester (which I’ve enjoyed a ridiculous amount), but I […]

Cooking without electricity

Here in the greater New York area we had quite the spring storm yesterday – winds gusting up to 50+ miles per hour, and tons of rain. Of course we had a power outage, the way you do.

I was pretty pleased with my ability to find the candles and flashlights and a lighter (the […]


I promised you a hot dish with the lentils we cooked as well. You could make a double batch of lentils easily, and make salads for a couple of meals and this dish for a hot meal afterwards.

This is a recipe I got from a friend many years ago in my youth, and it […]

Lentil salad! AND: Storage: Vegetables

So a great green salad that makes a delicious lunch or dinner can easily be built if you store some basic vegetables on hand.

I try to always have carrots, celery, and onions on hand. Along with milk, rice, and beans, plus some condiments like ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise, plus of course salt and pepper, […]


Lentils are a great way to get started cooking beans, and beans are a great source of protein, fiber, and carbs that help you have energy and feel full.

Some people feel intimidated by beans, but beans are actually very forgiving. Generally, you soak ’em and you cook ’em. If you do it a little […]

Night before Thanksgiving Tuscan Soup

So it’s the night before Thanksgiving, and I saw a TV program that said that the most common dinner for Americans the night before Thanksgiving is pizza.

Well, I refused.

I got kale in my farm share this week. I often get kale, and I’ll be honest with you: I throw it out. It’s against […]