Not Giada

Here was a really yummy Raviolio Bake — totally easy: half a package of frozen cheese ravioli – pound of ground meat (beef?) – jar spaghetti sauce – 14 oz. can diced tomatos – 2 cups shredded mozarella cheese This was from my Cooking Guru’s “Greatest Hits” book, so I don’t really know the source. … Continue reading


Now I’m going to get myself into some real trouble. Someone was generous enough to give me a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for my bridal shower, one hundred years ago. And do you know I have never used it — until just now? In my defense, we lived in a very small apartment, with a … Continue reading


This is the second time I’ve made Turkey Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes from the Real Simple cookbook.  I think it turned about better the first time, and I’m not sure why…  This time the meat looked very pale, and less delectable.  I cooked it for the same amount of time, at the same temperature. Perhaps … Continue reading

Wins and Losses

I have always wanted to be one of those people who baked something and brought it to the party. In real life, I am the person who buys something and brings it to the party, or more often, forgets and brings nothing. So when the Cooking Guru invited me to a Bar-B-Q, I jumped at … Continue reading

Dinner for the Toothless

    The baby is six months old now, and ready for some food. Since I have trouble concocting dinner for regular folks, I am nervous about making dinner for someone who has no teeth. Then again, he’s never tasted anything different, so what does he know? I nearly shelled out $150 for a fancy … Continue reading

Sam’s Club Recipe

Well we needed to eat. Otherwise, we’d be eating KFC. More on that, after this meal. I didn’t plan anything this week because it was my week off. But I knew I had this jar of Ragu: Cheesy Roasted Paremesian and then Hubby took me to Costco, where we bought 6 bags of pasta. Here … Continue reading

Baking with Boy Boy

Baking is much more comfortable for me. There’s no open flame to deal with, and the twin charms of sugar and butter help to salve my misgivings. I don’t usually invite Boy Boy to help, but he was interested to see what I was doing, and chocolate chip cookies seem fairly failproof — although there … Continue reading

Too Chicken

I meant to cook last night, but by the time we got home from the market, it was too late at night. I had no more energy. Tonight I cooked Pecan Chicken. I used my Magic Bullet to grind the cornflakes, but it really turned the cornflakes into dust. Mental note: crushing them with the … Continue reading

Romantic Dinner of Four

Usually we would celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending too much money on silly gifts, and then waiting in line at a restaurant — not even fine dining, but something like the humble hamburger spot where we would run into all our friends. This year, we decided to spend the evening at home, instead of chasing … Continue reading

The Dance

  This is the first time I cooked and made my husband dance. It came from the Greatest Hits book, and it only contains easy to use ingredients. Add to these ingredients one beer. Begin by uncapping the beer, and drinking deeply. Then brown the meat, add the bacon, whoops! Forgot to mention the onion. … Continue reading