Submitted by jjmtacoma on Sat, 08/13/2011 - 9:02am
RL will require my presence for a few days, so I won't be able to post any recipes.
Kathryn had a great idea to do a "camping recipe" post where we could share recipes for cookouts or camping.
Hopefully there are campers/hikers who can help out because when I go camping I bring things like instant oatmeal, bagels with cream cheese and hot dogs cooked over the fire on sticks. I usually bring bags of cut up and easy to snack on fruit and vegetables too.
I have seen dump cake made in a camping style dutch oven (they have legs that allow them to stand on coals) over a campfire and it was so good... Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Mon, 08/08/2011 - 10:30pm
My garden FINALLY gave me some zucchini! So far it is the only thing producing. I do have promising green tomatoes but the weather has been mostly cool and overcast this summer, it might be the end of the month before they turn red!
Here is a quick zucchini stir-fry recipe,
small diced zucchini, allow about 1 grocery store sized zucchini per person
coarsley chopped garlic, allow 1 small clove per person
soy sauce, 1 tsp per person.
butter Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 11:01pm
I've decided to try my hand at Pho (pronouced Fuh - in case you wondered) because I found lemon grass at the H-Mart, the local Asian market, for a great price. They had great prices on all sorts of produce. Made me sorry I'd payed for organic cilantro at Kroger!
Anyway, I can be inspired by the silliest things. I was already planning to make a ginger chicken soup for dinner but couldn't find the noodles so, of course, a trip to H-Mart was required... then I spotted the lemon grass. Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Thu, 06/23/2011 - 9:58pm
I have two adult adopted cats who tolerate each other (mostly) and a Yorkshire Terrier that gets along with both cats. I agreed to dog-sit a Dachshund who wants to chase the cats.
So now I have my house gated to separate parts for the cats and parts for the dogs. One of my cats has decided it is fun to lay on the floor within sight of the Dachshund. The Dachshund is using a very high-pitched shrill bark and won't stop. I guess she wants to be sure I know there is a dangerous cat within sight. Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Thu, 06/23/2011 - 1:48am
Summer has arrived! Well, at least according to the calendar.
I was inspired to get a bunch of fruit: cherries, blue berries, honeydew mellon and then some tomatoes, peppers, avocado and asparagus from the local fruit market/stand. Not everything is local, yet.
Quick dinner pasta
1 skinless, boneless chicken breast (sliced thin)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 red pepper
1/2 lb asparagus
1/2 lb bow tie pasta
1-2 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste
fresh or dried basil Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Mon, 06/20/2011 - 10:44pm
Visiting my parents, my step-mom made an avacado salad dressing with a romaine lettuce salad that had left-over steak thinnly sliced and spred over the top of the lettuce. The dressing was actually served on the side in 1/2 of a tomato that had been seeded and a little of the bottom cut off to make it work like a bowl.
She is a great cook and serves a beautiful meal, I always feel honored by the trouble she takes to make everything so perfect. Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Mon, 06/20/2011 - 12:27am
Quick and yummy!
Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
1 white cake or angel food cake
1 small container frozen whipped topping
1 small package pudding (I like cheese cake flavor)
1 cup milk
2 lbs strawberries
2-4 Tbsp sugar
Mix 1 cup of milk and pudding mix, fold in the whipped topping. Slice the strawberries and sprinkle sugar over them. Adjust the sugar so the strawberries are pretty sweet. tear or cut the cake into 1" pieces. Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Sun, 06/19/2011 - 12:45am
This isn't really cheap-cheap, but the local stores have started selling fresh wild caught salmon for reasonable prices.
I was in the mood for red pepper too, so I made up this recipe... it doesn't have a name.
1-1.5 lbs salmon filet (I usually ask for filets near the tail, there are fewer bones)
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, coarsley chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 small sweet onion (vidalia or walla walla)
1 red pepper Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Thu, 06/16/2011 - 11:59am
This is a very easy hot dip. The ingredients keep well, so you can buy them on sale and have them around for last minute social gatherings where you should bring something. I bring this to poker and football parties because it goes well with beer.
Donna's Bean Dip Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Tue, 06/14/2011 - 4:53pm
I keep a small box of recipes that have been given to me over the years. I love this collection because it includes the recipes of people I've worked with, people I met at picnics or dinners for common causes and some of them have come from my family.
While I don't make these recipes all the time, I do pull them out when I am bored with our routine spaghetti, burritos, tuna sandwich dinners. Today's recipe comes from that box. It is a very American (not spicy) version of Phad Thai but it is pretty easy to make and the ingredients don't cost a fortune. Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Sat, 06/11/2011 - 11:23pm
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 10:02pm
My daughter had a 2-hour "camp-out" at her school where they are feeding her dinner. My son and I decided to make gumbo since the picky eater is handled already.
We haven't seen much summer weather, just drizzle, overcast and yuk! Gumbo sounded perfect. Best Gumbo Recipe!
As we made the gumbo tonight, I realized there are some things that I might not have mentioned in the original Post.
Hints: Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 12:41am
Here's a cheap, almost homemade, solution to needing to bring "something" to a gathering:
1 family size box of brownie mix and requisite eggs, oil and water. Around here, I can find one brand or another family size boxes for $.99 on sale. I buy several and keep them handy for those "Oh crap! I forgot I needed to bring..." moments.
I also buy chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch, etc... when they are on sale too. Store brands work great. Read below the fold...
Submitted by jjmtacoma on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 8:43pm
Years ago I was given this recipe at work with the name covered with white-out tape. Really! I'm not sure how many people it was passed through or where it even came from. The friend who gave me the recipe would only tell me what it was called in person rather than risk somebody finding it laying on her desk.
Sex in a Pan
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Submitted by jjmtacoma on Tue, 06/07/2011 - 12:54am
Fried rice! My mom made this when I was growing up and I always loved it. I've adjusted the recipe a little because we have more fresh ingredients available than when I was a kid. It is easy to make and you can use any leftover rice, vegetables or meat you have. I'm thinking this is probably not a "low fat" dish.
This isn't the stuff you get at Chinese restaraunts.
Mom's Fried Rice
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