Sagwala Gosht [American Style]

We have the family tradition that, rather than going out to eat to celebrate our birthdays, I prepare the birthday boy or girl his or her favorite meal. Today is my husband’s birthday. He asked for curry, so we had a collection of several different types of curries along with a variety of condiments. The…

Lime-Coconut White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was bored at home, waiting h-o-u-r-s for the AT&T technician to come over to work on my Internet. Rather than pacing the floor and getting frustrated, I decided to bake. Because today is the hottest day of the summer so far (100°F), I didn’t want anything heavy. So I created these cookies featuring the…

Ahi Poke Bowls

Ahi tuna bowls — quick, healthy, and light — a perfect meal on a hot summer evening. Our family loves sushi and sashimi, but to feed all of us at a Japanese restaurant requires a bank loan. This homemade version of an Ahi Poke Bowl is cost conscious (well, as much as it can be…

Best-Ever Double Pie Crust

There is an astronomical difference between a homemade pie crust and a store-bought one. However, for many years I purchased pre-made pie crusts at the grocery store because a) it was faster than making my own, and b) mine didn’t really turn out that well anyway. But, after some experimenting, combining ingredients, and tweaking recipes,…

Broccoli & Ham Quiche

I did not eat this. But it sure looks good! Though I have to eat food that’s healthy for my liver and [missing] gallbladder, my adult children – three of whom still live at home – don’t. So they get to enjoy the good stuff. 🙂 In order to use up some ham that I…

Creamy Curried Chickpeas and Rice

Now that my husband and I are in our mid-50s, our fun-loving, eat-everything lifestyle has caught up with us and our physicians have instructed us that we must avoid the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) with urgency. Eating more healthfully, therefore, means eating much less beef – a staple here in Texas (in fact, beef is…

Marinara Sauce with Vine-Ripened Tomatoes

I’m baaaaack! As some of you noticed, I took a bit of a hiatus from publishing during a hellish semester of teaching last spring. But now I am well traveled (including a trip to Europe) and well rested (many hours reading by the pool) and am ready to post my culinary creations yet again. As…

Alice’s Cornbread

Growing up in Arkansas during the Depression, my mother-in-law Alice is a master of homestyle country cooking, especially cornbread. Hers is a simple recipe (no harder to make than using a mix), but it’s fresh and flavorful and quick to get on the table. Serve it with real butter or alongside a bowl of chili…

Barbecue Beef Sliders

WARNING: These sliders are to die for. Like, maybe literally. They are full of greasy goodness. So, so good for your tastebuds, but so bad for your health. We had about a pound-and-a-half of cooked beef brisket left over from Christmas. Never wanting to waste good food (but hating to eat the same thing again),…

Red Chori Masala

In November I was hit with a double whammy: gallstones and a fatty liver. Both of these came as a surprise, as I believed I ate healthfully. I don’t eat processed foods, I rarely eat fried foods, and I never eat fast food. But apparently I eat too much meat, too much pasta, and pretty…

Weeknight Enchiladas

These are all kinds of wrong, but they’re oh so good. They’re not really enchiladas because they’re made with flour tortillas (which technically makes them burritos), but I top them with canned enchilada sauce, so I call them enchiladas. Plus, they’re stuffed with ground beef and cheese, like an enchilada and not a burrito. These…

Chicken Burrito Bowls

In the mood for something Mexican, but wanting to keep the calorie count down, I tried making Chicken Burrito Bowls for the first time. The family loved it, as they could custom design their toppings to suit their tastes. I sautéed marinated chicken and served it over white rice with a mix of both canned…