Jo’s Corner


If these eyes were staring you down three meals a day, seven days a week, you’d need some quick, reliable recipes in the back of your pocket, too.

A little place just for me…

Jo’s Bad Memory Cheat Sheet

Boiled chicken: season w/ S,P, Onion powder. Cover w/ water, boil. Cover; simmer 15 m.
Brussels Sprouts: 25 m. at 375°
Chicken Parm: 20 m. @ 400°. Add cheese, + 5 m.
Corn (micro): 2 ears, nuke 4 min (then cut off bottom)
Corn (boiled): Boil H20, add corn & 2 T butter, 15-20 m. on med heat
Eggs (HB-Instant Pot): 1.5 c water. High pressure 6 m. Quick release; eggs to water bath
Filet Mignon: (135 final temp) Sear 4 min. Flip, oven 6 m @ 425°. Rest 5m.
Green Beans (steamed): In basket w/ H20; bring to boil. Cook 7 m.
NY Strips: Sear 1 m/side in EVOO & butter. In 400° oven 9-13 m (130°). Rest 5.
Potatoes (roasted): 20-25 @ 425° (OO/S&P)
Potatoes (mashed): boil 20 m.
Spaghetti Squash: 40 m @ 400°
Cocktail Sauce: ½ c ketchup, ½ T Worcestershire, ½ t horseradish, ¼ t lemon juice

Sourdough feeder: 1 c flour, .5 c water
Rice cooker: 1 part rice, 2 parts water
Coffee pot: 5 scoops coffee, 6 water in carafe

Daily Specials

In Heavy Rotation
Barbara Kafka’s Roast Chicken
Sausages with Peppers & Onions
Marcella Hazan’s Spaghetti Sauce
Farina Family Meatballs
Chicken Saltimbocca
Chacareros with Pebre Sauce
Chicken Parm
Pork Chops with Apricot Pan Sauce
Capellini Pomodoro
Bucatini all’Amatriciana
Hibachi Dinner
New York Strips
Vegetarian Lasagna
Chicken with the Red Sauce
Salisbury Steaks w/ Gravy
Salmon & Asparagus in Foil
Chicken Tawook
Pan-seared Bone-in Pork Chops
Turkey Meatloaf with Spicy Chutney
Filet Mignons with Morel Sauce
Lemon Garlic Shrimp
Cubano Pork Loin
Food-cart Chicken & White Sauce

One-Pot Dishes…with leftovers for lunch
Country Captain Soup
Fennel Corn Chowder
Instant Pot Butter Chicken
Ethiopian Chicken Stew
Mexican Chicken & Rice Casserole
Lasagna Casserole (Baked Rotini)
Moroccan Chicken Tagine
Autumn Glow Salad
Slow Cooker Turkey Enchilada Quinoa Bake

Last-Ditch Dinners
Tuna or Turkey Sandwiches
Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel Sandwiches
Ham Steak, Eggs, & Toast
Chicken Curry w/ Simmer Sauce

Fancy Sides
Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Herbs
Sourdough Bread
Curried Roast Cauliflower

Signature Dishes

Stuffed Mushroom Parmesan
Carol’s Pepper Clam Dip
Olive Cheese Balls
Canapés of Quesuco Cheese with Caramelized Onion
Sweet & Spicy Pecans
English Eggnog, aka Mom’s Fire Nog
Bay Scallops & Applewood Bacon with a Port Wine Reduction
Cheese and Chive Tea Sandwiches

Escalloped Tomatoes Somerset (Tomato Casserole)
Jean Butler’s Macaroni Salad
Meat Loaf
Hamburg Egg Patties
Chicken Empanada with Chorizo, Raisins, and Olives
Pincho Ribs with Sherry Glaze
Braised Short Ribs with Dried Cherries
Prime Rib
Leftover Prime Rib Stew

Sides & Snacks
Jo’s BEST Banana Bread
Toasted Quinoa, Dried Fig & Dark Chocolate Nut Free Granola Bars
Classic Pesto

Roasted Asparagus and Prosciutto
Foolproof Turkey Gravy
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Sarah’s Secret Stuffing That Everyone Likes, Even Mimi
Hungarian Rolls
Cranberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last,
“what’s the first think you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

A. A. Milne