Stacey Dreams of Ramen (for Breakfast)

Here is my disclaimer:  I have never had authentic Japanese ramen. . . ever. Only in my dreams. In preparation for a trip to Japan, I’ve been experimenting and watching snippets of the movie Tampopo.  So here is my completely Americanized version of ramen for breakfast.  When I get back from Japan this spring, I’ll…

Top 5 Cookbooks for Home Cooks

Yes, I love The French Laundry Cookbook, but it is not my go-to tome for weeknight and special event dinners.   What I seek out when needing reliable, tasty, appealing, healthy dishes are found in the following cookbooks.  In reviewing these selections, I am struck by the fact that, with the exception of Julia’s book, all…

Tangy Corn Relish

If you’ve never made corn relish (this is me), this will soon become your favorite way to preserve the summer harvest. This is an easy, albeit time-consuming, recipe that even those new to canning can master.

New York Steak of Mine

In the 1970’s Billy Joel penned his famous “New York State of Mind” song. The useful steak profiled here is the “New York Steak of Mine”. Cut from farther back on the rib section, it is very flavorful and less fatty than a ribeye (but who cares) AND less expensive (OK, now we’re talking!).  Treat it…

Fava rite Hummus

What I love most about fava beans is growing them.  They sprout up vigorously and have beautiful white/purple/black blossoms.   You  can get two plantings if you plan it right. They are sturdy plants and benefit from some support, be it fencing or twine. Harvesting, preparing and cooking are the hard parts. When I harvested these favas this…

Strawberry Moon

June 20, 2016 As I write, a full moon over North America is reaching its peak.  This is not particularly unusual.  However, today is the summer solstice.  The last time a full moon and the summer solstice coincided was 70 years ago.  My parents were not even teenagers.  They are lucky enough to have two…

Inverted Rhubarb Confection

(Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake) I rarely copy and paste newspaper recipes in this blog. However, a number of  events this week conspired to lead me to this wonderful recipe.  First, my mother was overcome with rhubarb envy/appetite upon seeing my enormous dinosaur rhubarb plant. Second, our poodle Peeves was having a birthday (11 years young!) and…

Chiles Rellenos for Two

I absolutely love chiles rellenos.  Today, Mr. Artifact requested them for breakfast.  I have to say, they were superb with an egg and some frijoles de la olla.  Because there were only two of us, I broke down my larger recipe.  Although, these do make quite serviceable leftovers.  I used some roasted Hatch chiles that…

Eggocado Breakfast

  Mr. Artifact had several other suggested names for this breakfast:  Leggo  my cado and other names–some not fit for a family blog. This is a simple egg scramble spooned into an avocado half. Serves 2 1 avocado 2 eggs 1/4 C cream or half and half 1/4 C diced red peppers 1/4 C diced…

Tabbouleh

Easy, healthful and packed with flavor, this will become your go-to tabbouleh.