Vegetarian Lasagna

From Yummly, with modifications ½ lb lasagna1 t salt1 egg1 c cooked chopped spinach (packed, water squeezed out; frozen OK)15 oz part-skim ricotta2 T minced parsley½ t salt¼ t black pepper3-4 c marinara sauce4 c shredded mozzarella1 c grated Pecorino Romano Preheat oven to 375°. Fill stock pot with water, add salt, and bring to…

Jo’s Baked Chicken Parm

A loose recipe 1-2 chicken breasts, pounded thin (for large ones, slice in half lengthwise before pounding)Handful flour, seasoned with salt and pepper1-2 eggs, lightly beaten with a forkHandful Italian-seasoned bread crumbs, mixed with a slightly lesser amount of grated parmesan or pecorinoOlive oils spray½ jar Rao’s tomato sauceAmerican cheese (also good with Colby jack…

Chacarero (Chilean Sandwiches)

From the Boston Globe, 2.5.12, via Leah Hampton, with alterations 2 T fresh lime juice (juice of 1 lime)2 T extra-virgin olive oil, for marinade1 ½ t dried oregano½ t ground cumin¼ t paprika1-2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced extra thin2 t canola or olive oil, for the panTelera rolls (2-4)1-2 ripe avocado½ lb green beans,…

Denver Chocolate Pudding

¾ c sugar 1 c flour 2 t baking powder ⅛ t salt 2 T butter 1 oz unsweetened chocolate or 3 T cocoa ½ c milk ½ t vanilla ½ c brown sugar ½ c white sugar 4 T cocoa 1½ c cold water Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together first four ingredients. Melt…

Our Morning Surprise at Granite Lake

August 2002 One morning at Granite Lake, Harris (age 1) had just awoken.  His doting mother was up, getting his breakfast bottle ready.  All of a sudden, Mumma heard “quack, quack” off in the distance and thought, “Here are the ducks for the first time on our vacation!” So she grabbed a piece of bread…

Buckeyes

4 c confectioners sugar 2 sticks butter, softened 1 18-oz jar peanut butter 3 c chocolate chips, melted small amount of paraffin Mix confectioners sugar, butter, and peanut butter in mixer.  Chill until firm.  Roll the mixture into balls, put on cookie sheet and chill or freeze til very firm. Mix chocolate chips and paraffin…

Slow Cooker Turkey Enchilada Quinoa Bake

1 lb ground turkey 1½ c uncooked quinoa 1 can (15 ounces) black beans 1 c frozen corn 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies ½ c salsa 1 t minced garlic ½ c onion ½ c sweet bell peppers 1 c water 1 can (19 ounces) red enchilada sauce* (See recipe below to make your own) 1 T chili powder 1 t…

An Observation

When we first married, starting our family, we bought a crèche from Woolworth’s — a basic set with the family and a crude stable. For ten or so years after, we could buy individual figures to add — more shepherds, camels, sheep, dogs, the three wise men, angels, and so forth. There were many choices, many displays…

A Butler Thanksgiving

I finally do have to tell one food story about my own family, the Butlers. My mom was a practical, hearty, and delicious home cookin’ cook, and over Thanksgiving when I was in high school, we would have as many as 20 friends staying over for the last weekend of deer season in Vermont. All…

Part III: Culmination and the Cultivated Gourmet

One eventually cultivates taste. Through personal experience and knowledge well-worn, passed down from those who came before, one accumulates a lexicon of culinary standard. Blushing Bunny, Hong Kong Pork Chops, Yo’s Salad, Nana’s Meatloaf, Mimi’s Potato Salad, Hungarian Rolls, Jeff’s Baked Beans and Peaches. This is the delicate language of the gourmet. Food is not…