Balsamic Chicken & Red Beets; language

Chicken with Beets

We’ve lived on this side of the pond for almost 25 years. We’ve watched British tv (telly) for that entire time. That viewing history includes a lot of cooking shows (2 Fat Ladies, Hairy Bikers, etc.) We can still be confused about British words for familiar foods. An American cookie is a British biscuit – … Continue reading…

Sausage & Rice Skillet Dinner

Sausage Rice Skillet Dinner

I’ve always wanted to try this and, for some reason, never have. Tossing the rice right into the skillet with everything else is so easy. It wouldn’t work for a stir-fry when the vegetables should retain a bit of crunch, but for something like this – there’s no reason not to. Rice is easier than … Continue reading…

Lemon Chicken with Chickpeas; state of the potager

Chicken & Chickpeas

This dish was the reason I made chickpeas in my Instant Pot a few weeks ago. I had preserved lemon in the fridge and this is the time of year I try to use up things that are primarily winter cooking. I like to free space for summer cooking. Actually, I am freeing space for … Continue reading…

Turkey, Red Beans, & Barley; a mysterious island

Turkey & Barley

This is not Red Beans & Rice which usually has andouille sausage in it. I love the red beans and the rice, but am not overly fond of the andouille sausage. I’ve never had andouille sausage in the U.S. and I don’t know if it’s made with tripe (stomach linings of various animals) like it … Continue reading…

Chicken & Cabbage Skillet Dinner; dogs

Chicken Skillet Dinner

Cooking for a group or a large family takes careful planning to make sure that you have enough to feed everyone. Cooking for one or two takes careful planning to make sure you don’t end up wasting food. To be honest I don’t remember the transition from cooking for a hungry teenager to only cooking … Continue reading…

Meatballs & Cabbage Skillet Dinner; renewal time

Meatballs & Cabbage

I could make meatballs every night and mon mari would be happy. I don’t always feel like making the red sauce to go with them. Tossing them in a skillet with some vegetables seemed like a good plan. I have never cooked the meatballs separately. Our beef is very lean so I don’t ever worry … Continue reading…

Skillet Shakshuka Recipe

The first time I heard of shakshuka was on an episode of Chopped. (We get to watch the old episodes on YouTube.) They didn’t really explain what it was but I remembered the word. Strangely, several episodes later, it was mentioned again. I like the word…. But not enough that I would remember the next … Continue reading…