Friday, July 19, 2019

Summer Iced Tea

Tetley black tea (three teabags) brewed with (one teabag) Celestial Seasoning's Black Cherry Berry herb tea cooled and combined (halved) with apple cider makes a fabulous iced tea.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Coleslaw and Brown Basmati Rice

I made coleslaw using Marion Cunningham's SUPPER BOOK recipe and I added buttermilk which is a super addition because it wilts the cabbage. I made basmati brown rice in my electric pressure-cooker and it is delicious. The two foods made a perfect supper.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Baker's Chocolate one Bowl Brownies


4 squares Bakers unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (optional)


1 microwave chocolate and butter in large bowl at high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted, stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar, mix in eggs and vanilla, stir in flour and nuts, spread in greased 13 by 9 inch pan. Bake at 350 degree oven for 35 minutes

Friday, April 19, 2019

Andrea Nguyen

Instant Pot Viet Beef Stew with Star Anise and Lemongrass
A bank examiner gone astray, Andrea Nguyen is living her dream of writing impactful cookbooks and teaching others how to cook well. She recently won a James Beard Award for The Pho Cookbook. Her new book, Vietnamese Food Any Day, empowers you to make Viet food whenever you want; no Asian markets required.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

40 pounds of Dark Rye Flour

We made our quarterly trek to JAR Baker's Supply in Lincoln RI for bread baking supplies. This time we purchased 40 pounds of dark rye flour.

Cuban Coffee!

Using our vintage espresso machine

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Brown Butter Toffee Choc Chip

Sriracha-Braised Brisket Sandwich

I must try this with my pressure cooker.
The key to success in this recipe is time. Don’t try and rush the brisket by turning up the heat—that will only dry it out and make it tougher. Let it go low and slow until the meat is shreddable. Bon Appetit

Double Chocolate Biscotti

Chocolate Chunk

My husban brings home cookies made at his school. They shouldn't be legal.

RI Pizza at Home

I made sourdough and ripped off a softball sized piece each day to make a RI style pizza. My sauce was a simple red sauce homemade. I pressure cooked 2 cans of crushed tomato olive oil garlic fennel bay leaf oregano chili pepper flakes, 6 local italian sausages and a cup of cheap chianti.


The pizza strip, which is apparently available in New England but thrives in Rhode Island. Native Ocean Stater Christopher Borrelli writes about it in the Chicago Tribune:

The pizza strip is the pizza I grew up on, and unique beyond its shape. I doubt I ever attended a party or cookout in Providence where a pile of strips was not served. A box of them was always in our kitchen, the cardboard studded with grease spots. Some call it bakery pizza. Or tomato pie. But "pizza strip" captures its spartan delight. It is basically bread (often a focaccia, with hints of rosemary or basil), a mess of tomato sauce (thick, and bright red)—and that's it. No cheese. Served at room temperature.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Go lean with protein

Protein is an important part of a balanced diet. Choose breast meat or low-fat ground chicken or turkey, and ground beef that is 90 percent lean or more. Limit meat and poultry servings to 3 ounces — about the size of a deck of cards. Don't eat meat? Lentils, plain Greek yogurt, eggs and nuts are great sources of protein, too.
Mayo Clinic

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Must Try

Zoodles – Zucchini noodles.
Poodles – Parsnip noodles.
Swoodles – Sweet Potato Noodles.
Toodles – Turnip noodles.
Coodles – Carrot Noodles.
Sqoodles – Squash noodles.
Boodles – Broccoli Stem noodles (peel stem first)

Kangaroo Pouch

I never leaves home without a snack. “I’m obsessed with having food in my bag. I hate the idea that I’ll get hungry and there will only be bad options around. I carry fruit, homemade granola, and water.


I don't have a sweet tooth but I do have a savory tooth. I made a 1.5 batch of hummus and it was so good I made it again after the holiday...and a third time. I've discovered dried Kalamata figs are good with it as are the usual suspects: celery, carrots, semolina bread.

Pantry Stock

Stock your pantry with these healthy items

Making smart food choices is easy when you're prepared.

Having healthy options at home is essential for weight-loss success. Keep these smart choices on hand for fast and flavorful meals and snacks.

Fruits and vegetables

Fresh fruits
Fresh vegetables
Frozen vegetables (no sauce)
Frozen chopped onion and green peppers
Canned fruits (packed in their own juice or water)
Dried fruit
Low-sodium, low-fat pasta; pizza and tomato sauces
Canned diced tomatoes
100 percent fruit juice, including calcium-fortified (but limit juice intake to 4 ounces a day)


Fat-free or 1 percent milk
Low-fat or fat-free yogurt
Low-fat or fat-free cheese
Frozen yogurt or fruit sorbet

Whole grains

Whole-grain breakfast cereal
Rice: brown (regular and instant), wild, blends
Whole-grain bread
Whole-grain pita bread
Whole-grain pasta
Whole-grain crackers
old fashioned popcorn


Black, kidney or navy beans
water-packed tuna
Other fish with omega-3 fatty acids
Skinless white-meat poultry
Dry-roasted nuts
Individually frozen skinless chicken breasts
Individually frozen salmon, cod or other fish
Frozen shrimp or scallops

Cooking staples

Fresh garlic and onions
Olive oil
Corn oil
Red wine and/or balsamic vinegar
Fat-free cooking spray

As you can see, eating well at home doesn't require expensive or unusual ingredients, and you certainly don't have to be a master chef. Whole-wheat pasta tossed with loads of veggies, salads, and whole-grain wraps or quesadillas are all easy meal options. You can even put together a snack plate and include your favorite raw veggies, nuts and healthy dips, like hummus.

Thursday, December 27, 2018


MyPlate Messages

Find MyPlate tips and solutions that reflect your personal preferences, values, traditions, culture, and budget. The MyPlate consumer messages to help communicate the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are:
Everything you eat and drink over time matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. Start with small changes to make healthier choices you can enjoy.

Find your healthy eating style and maintain it for a lifetime. This means:

● Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
○ Focus on whole fruits.
○ Vary your veggies.
● Make half your grains whole grains.
● Move to low-fat and fat-free milk or yogurt.
● Vary your protein routine.
● Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.

MyPlate, MyWins Tips: Meal Planning Made Easy
Planning healthy meals ahead of time can help you stick to a healthy eating style. If you’re new to meal planning, start small and work up to more.
( a notebook )
Map out your meals
Outline meals you plan to eat for the week and use it as a guide. Be sure to list beverages and snacks too!

Find balance

If you have veggies, dairy, and protein at one meal, include fruit and grains in the next to cover all 5 food groups.
(such as an egg and a chicken leg)
Vary protein foods
Choose a variety of protein foods throughout the week. If you have chicken one day, try seafood, beans, lean meat, or eggs other days.
small icon of a piece of paper with a list written on it
Make a grocery list
Start by listing ingredients for meals you plan to make. Cross off items you already have on hand.
Love your leftovers
Prepare enough of a dish to eat multiple times during the week. Making leftovers part of your plan can save money and time.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Countryside Citrus

Give the best gift: an orange!

Bake your own Birthday Cake

Carrot Pineapple Coconut Banana Birthday

2 cups all-purpose flour (whole wheat)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder (a bit more)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 3/4 cups white sugar (less and add a ripe banana)
1 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (maybe try adding Greek yogurt)
1/4 cup butter, softened (not sure)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Make a well in the center and add sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix with wooden spoon until smooth. Stir in carrots, coconut, walnuts and pineapple.
Pour into 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Don't panic, the center will sink a little. Allow to cool.
To make the frosting: Cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the confectioners sugar and beat until creamy.

Michael Greger M.D.

Video: Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine: Preventing & Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet
Michael Greger M.D. FACLM August 3rd, 2015 Volume 26

Machine that Makes Cookie Cutters


Monday, December 24, 2018

Welcome Swagat

Roti Chapati and more! Our city has a fabulous new Indian Food and Grocery store. There are many delicious brands of rice spices and freshly made yogurt. They sell bags of multigrain mix to make Indian breads. The staff are super sweet.
Swagat Indian Food and Grocery
480 Diamond Hill Road · (401) 762-0587

Chef Michael Smith's Slow baked Salmon


Favorite recipe serve hot or cold!

Home Pizzelle Factory

12 egg recipe
7 cups of ww flour
3 cups of sugar
2 cups of corn oil
4 teaspoons baking powder
8 pinches of kosher salt

separate out 2 cups and add 2 teaspoons of flavoring per 2c batch

40-45 seconds on our machine (Pizzelle Chef)

use spatula to place on plates on cooling rack and trim while still warm

when cool transfer back to a dry plate and stack them

makes 12 cups of dough refrigerate and use the dough within 24 hours

definitely a two person job

96 pizzelles!