Sloppy Spaghetti

I made so much sloppy joe that I figured we needed to use some for something other than sammiches.  My giardiniera is so good  on this I may make it a regular addition to my pasta.  It is garlicky enough to add it to plain noodles.


Pork Tacos

I found a package of pork with mole sauce in the freezer and decided to make a meal from it.  It’s been in the freezer, sealed in a vacuum bag, for so long I don’t remember making it.  It was really good.These are the kind of tacos that you eat with a fork.  That extra fork is for emergency use.  Kroger sells the Mexican cheese now, it has a regular spot on their shelf next to the Parmesan.  Baby steps.  Queso fresco is a mild, crumbly cheese similar to feta.

Dinner Menu and Shopping List: Lamb Kabobs and Honeyed Carrots

Photo credit: Food Network

I need some spring in my kitchen as winter drags on.  A touch of fresh lemon and honey is just the ticket.   A simple recipe for the broiler or if it’s a good day, out on the grill.  If lamb’s not your thing, these flavors work well with chicken, too.

For the menu tonight:

  1. Lamb Kabobs -Marinate Overnight
  2. Tabbouleh
  3. Honeyed Carrots
  4. Sautéed Pears

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The contractor had to take the flooring off down to a bare minimum because the fellow who built the house framed it atop what was a basement house with a flat roof.  Tar paper!  Hot mopped tar!  Thankfully, he did that over a sheet of plastic so it came off without a struggle.  The plywood is the last (first) layer – it’s what is visible from the basement.They went back with 3/4 OSB.  The plumber has made a visit and roughed-in the sink and ran the water for the ice maker in the new fridge – that’s the small box on the same wall.  The new dishwasher will locate between the sink and fridge.  The stove will be against the far wall, the window on that wall will move to the right a few feet. The electric skillet will be working hard for the duration.  Here I am sweating down onions and peppers for sloppy joes.I made a lot because everyone likes them and they are pretty easy to make a meal out of.We always light the TV to provide background noise for the meal.Mrs J reclining on the sofa with 4 of the six cats.  Missing are Bitsy and Homer.  Gabe is present but Ginger Boy is in his usual spot at Mrs J’s feet.  Katie is in her safe room.I made soup from the crockpot beef by adding frozen mixed veggies and more broth.  I have already generated enough leftovers to feed us for the duration… but where’s the fun in that?These are a sort of open faced taco.  Pulled pork with onions and peppers with an egg piled on corn tortillas.I loaded the plate with refries and guac with a few nacho chips and poured on some tomato salsa and hot sauce.


Potsticker Pr0n

We’ve been watching foodie shows on Youtube, there’s one guy who has a series of videos from all over Asia.  He’s Canadian and lives in China.  He speaks Chinese and uses his home as a base for his expeditions.  Recommended!
Anyway, Mrs J wanted potstickers. I’m not about to make them from scratch when the frozen sort are as good as they are.

Variations On Shortbread: Coconut and Tahini

I was telling a friend I was going to make Tahini shortbread cookies to use up the tahini I had leftover from the Tahini Walnut Rolls (recipe here). She asked if it was dairy free, because she’d like to make shortbread, but was avoiding dairy.

The original recipe wasn’t, but I thought I’d give it a try with just tahini. And then because I Iove coconut, I thought I’d do the same thing with coconut oil. So both of these are dairy free.  Continue reading

Irresistible Training Treats: Peanut Butter and Pumpkin

Bixby really loves these

Scout’s training has really taken hold. While we’ve trained since day one, puppy brain limited her ability to focus completely. As she’s matured, training has grown with her. She had a very good week and I thought it would be good to have some really tasty training treats to reward her.

Bixby would do almost anything for these treats, so time to give it a try with Scout. I haven’t made them forever and had forgotten how easy they are. And how many they make. These should last us for quite a while. Continue reading

Chili Will Warm You

I like to load mine up,  Crushed taco flavor Doritos, shredded cheese, pickled jalapenos, and minced onion garnish this bowl.  The chips are a step up from plain nacho corn chips which are themselves a step up from saltines.