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.

Misgebotten Recipes

Misgebotten recipes are not recipes for goose dishes. They are the collection of recipes that I’ve squirreled away in my little recipe box. We all have a box like this: a resting place of hand-me-down recipes from family and friends, clippings from food magazines that represent our projected self-images, that must-have office potluck recipe, odd-ball collected recipes, our best intentions, amazing inspirations, and weird diversions.

Little Hot Browns

No Kentucky Derby Day would be complete without mint juleps and Little Hot Browns. To make this classic: Toast (rye preferred) Sliced turkey or chicken Mornay sauce (basic white sauce with cheese) Sliced tomatoes Bacon That’s about as simple as it gets. Assemble the open-face sandwich in the order above and get busy on your…

Rhubarb Custard Tart

Rhubarb is a scrumptious ambassador for spring.  These days, it has attracted a cult following.  Among this veggie’s repertoire are sauces, preserves and desserts.   I love a tangy rhubarb pie!  However, a full-size pie is just about too big for our small family. The recipe below makes a tart–a much smaller dessert.  It is…

Pacific Wrenovations

The wrens have returned, and they love the bird house gourds we’ve put up for them.  We surrounded our outdoor seating area with gourds in order to get Nature’s surround-sound. Each gourd has a 2 inch or so sized bird hole angled toward the top, and the gourd secured to a limb or trunk. From…