[Basics] Creamy Cucumber Salad

Last-minute throw-together last night. Simple, easy, refreshing, and fast. No leftovers, so no pictures, sorry! Creamy Cucumber Salad 1 large English cucumber 1 large clove garlic, minced 2 generous Tbsp. sour cream 2 generous Tbsp. mayonnaise juice of half a lime or lemon one large sprig of basil, minced salt, pepper, paprika to taste Peel […]


Low-Carb Granola

I did a bunch of poking around before settling on a low-carb granola recipe to try, and I have to extend my kudos to Coping With Frugality for the one I ended up starting with. We go through this stuff fast, so I doubled the recipe and tweaked it slightly for our own tastes and […]


Mesquite Sourdough Biscuits

Noticing a theme here? Yeah. Mesquite and sourdough seem to be safe companions for Mark, so I’ve started experimenting with them a bit further. I love to bake. … No, that’s not true, that’s an understatement. I adore baking, and since he’s diabetic, I don’t get to do it all that much. Any little recipe […]


Mesquite Sourdough Waffles

This particular recipe is safe for Mark — either one or two waffles, made in a standard waffle iron. Whatever it is about mesquite flour and sourdough, they work very well for his particular type of diabetes. Mesquite flour gives these waffles a naturally sweet, almost chocolatey taste without adding any sugar, and since mesquite […]


Spicy Sand Dabs

I picked up a petite Bella deep-fryer over the weekend. It’s designed for 1-2 people, which frankly is perfect for me. I have a larger deep-fryer, but I simply don’t use it often enough — it’s large, it’s messy, and it’s difficult to clean, and I don’t want to leave that amount of oil stored […]

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Chocolate Cake with Caramel-Chocolate-Pecan Filling

I would love to be able to credit this recipe, but it’s something my mom’s been making since I was a kid. I suspect it was originally an Eagle-branded recipe, given the sweetened condensed milk and caramels. I haven’t seen Eagle caramels in years. But no worries — you can make it with any kind […]


[Book Review] The Householder’s Guide To The Universe

I stumbled upon The Householder’s Guide to the Universe through a mention in Organic Gardening. (What can I say? I read a lot.) This book, by Harriet Fasenfest, is a dense combination of memoir and manifesto, dotted here and there with observations about the kitchen and garden month-by-month, recipes, and a few useful organizational tips. […]


Savory Oatmeal -- Kalua Pig Version

Savory Oatmeal (Kalua Pig Version)

Uncle Pasto is a diabetic. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before. What this means: oatmeal with maple syrup or brown sugar in the morning is right out, no matter how much all the rest of us may think it’s delicious. I’m not a fan of having to cook separate meals for everyone (this is […]


Quick Southwestern Potato Salad

Just jotting this down because I made it up tonight, and it ROCKED. You’re lucky there were leftovers, or there would be nooooo pictures to prove I made it. (; Quick Southwestern Potato Salad Serves 2-4 12 red creamer potatoes 1 large green onion, chopped 1/2 a small red bell pepper, chopped 1 clove garlic, […]

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Super-Easy Pear Jam

I haven’t made jam since … eesh. Before Christmas. (That batch was quince. Ah, gorgeous quince, but that’s not today’s post!)  I’ve been busy and kinda run-down. Doing better, so I made jam today. How do you detect a perfectly ripe Bartlett pear? It should be a warm just-turned-yellow color with speckles, and deliciously fragrant. […]