Category Archives: Kitchen tips

Lightened clam chowder and salad. 1/12/23

When I first saw this recipe I thought yes, I would like to make clam chowder but no, I cannot use three cups of heavy cream! So I went about trying to lighten it up. First I jettisoned the guanciale, … Continue reading

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Chickpeas with ditalini and vegetables 1/7/23

Here’s a big pot of goodness burbling away on my stove top. The main components are chickpeas, some sort of small pasta, and vegetable or chicken stock. After that, use what you have vegetable-wise. I used onions, garlic, zucchini, carrots, … Continue reading

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Shrimp and grits with broccoli. 1/6/22

Tonight John cooked up the rest of our smaller frozen shrimp that we had purchased for Christmas Eve. I took the time to cut each one in half to slow down my eating. By doing that, when John asked if … Continue reading

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Afghani dal with rice and kale. 12/13/22

Dal are lentils and the type of lentils you use in this recipe are red lentils. Red lentils are actually coral colored and they turn yellow when you cook them. They tend to break down a bit which gives this … Continue reading

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Classic chicken dinner. 12/12/22

We went to Costco today and bought one of their rotisserie chickens. What a deal for $4.99! I should buy one every time we go. When we got home I took the chicken apart. I knew John would like a … Continue reading

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Kale and white bean stew. 12/2/22

We made this dish once in 2021 and I was not a total fan. It was merely okay. Obviously I had forgotten that I did not really care for it when I suggested it this week as one of our … Continue reading

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Creamy polenta with black beans, avocado, and radish. 10/12/22

When John makes polenta he starts with 1/2 cup polenta and just under 3 cups of salted water, two bay leaves, and two cloves of garlic. He cooks it, stirring, for 15 minutes. After discarding the bay leaves he stirs … Continue reading

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Roasted tilapia, sheet pan veg, and mustard sauce. 10/11/22

The trickiest thing about making this dinner was to get everything finished cooking at the same time. I pre-heated my oven to 425F convect. I knew the carrots and cabbage would take about 30 minutes and the green beans about … Continue reading

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Shrimp bowl and a word of caution about frozen shellfish. 10/10/22

This is our typical Monday dinner, some kind of protein with accompaniments over either rice or riced cauliflower with a sprinkling of jalapeños, scallions, cilantro, and furikake. The standard accompaniments are cucumbers, avocado, edamame and cabbage. Our daughter has been … Continue reading

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Fettuccine with zoodles and mushrooms 9/28/22

While I will never be fooled by vegetables parading as pasta, if you mix zoodles with actual pasta what you get is a very tasty dish that takes a while to eat. I am definitely a fan of a big … Continue reading

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