Category Archives: Posts by Tamz

Cheater Chili Verde

Cheater Chili Verde

Remember the pork loin from Winco?

Part one was yummy grilled pork steaks.

Part two will be chili verde.  Make no mistake, I am well aware that this is not even close to an authentic recipe.  It is a fast, easy, yummy dinner though and that’s what counts in the end, right?Continue Reading

Twofer Deal on Pork – Pork Steak

Twofer Deal on Pork – Pork Steak

I bought a big ole hunk of pork loin from Winco for less than $10.  Big enough for at least 2 meals for my hungry family.  As usual I chucked it into the freezer until I figured out what I wanted to do with it.Continue Reading

Lucky BBQ Souvlaki

Lucky BBQ Souvlaki

When spring rolls around it’s a good time to start checking for marked down lamb (especially around Easter).  I almost did my happy dance when I saw this boneless leg of lamb marked $2.99 a pound.Continue Reading

Salmon – Foiled Again

Salmon – Foiled Again

So being as we aren’t made of money, I’m always happy to take food contributions since we seem to just keep eating several times a day.  My mom and dad gave me some frozen salmon that my aunt’s husband caught (We Portland folk like to know our food’s provenance).  I thawed it out and it smelled, well, a bit..fishy.Continue Reading

Shepherd’s Pie – The Full Meal Deal

Shepherd’s Pie – The Full Meal Deal

Alright, first off, I realize this is not an “actual” shepherd’s pie.  They contain lamb (shepherd-sheep-duh).

What I’m making is more like a red-headed stepchild of the cottage pie.

Whatever it is, I call it shepherd’s pie and this is how I make it.Continue Reading

I’m a Pepper

I’m a Pepper

I tweeted my daughter – “What do I make well (besides children)?”  Her response was green bean casserole, which of course I make well because I use the traditional French’s fried onions and Campbell soup variety, so I can hardly claim that as my own.  She also mentioned stuffed peppers.Continue Reading

Lambtastic

Lambtastic

I like lamb!

Lamb is expensive!

I am not an expensive type person!Continue Reading

Righteous Loaf

When I was a young wanna-be housewife in my twenties, my boyfriend and I had a friend over for a meatloaf dinner.  Once the friend was done eating he said “That was a righteous loaf.”  I think of that every time I make a meatloaf.  Now that I’m in my fifties, it’s one of my eldest daughter’s favorite meals.Continue Reading

Fishing for Dinner Ideas?

Fishing for Dinner Ideas?

I don’t generally cook with recipes.  I consider them guidelines.  I read a recipe, think, “oh, what a good idea,” and then I do it my way.Continue Reading

Splittin’ Chicken

Splittin’ Chicken

I have mentioned that I buy many things in bulk for price and convenience sake.  In case you wanted to know what 40 pounds of chicken breasts look like before I stick them in my freezer, you’re in luck.  I buy hamburger, bacon, and occasionally other featured items from a company called Zaycon.  This is not a commercial for them – just telling it like it is.Continue Reading

Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Winner, Winner! Chicken Dinner!

I started making this dish when my kids were little.  None of us are little anymore but it is still the dish they request the most.  We call it Pizza Chicken.Continue Reading

Coffee Crush

Coffee Crush

Back 1,000 years ago when I was a young woman of 21, I worked in a fancy Italian ristorante.  It had a deli with gelato and Italian imports.

My favorite was a little teeny bottle of espresso soda called Bibi Caffe.  It was spendy but I loved the sugary fizzy drink.  This was before I even drank coffee (obviously pre kids).Continue Reading

Sundries

Sundries

This is a dinner that I completely pulled out of the air.  Last night I realized I had a bunch of odds and ends of veggies that were on the verge of turning or just weren’t getting used up.Continue Reading

Gotta Frittata

Gotta Frittata

Wanna see what I made with one of the compound butters I recently made?

Remember the smoked paprika butter?  I decided to make a frittata.Continue Reading

Bulking up Breakfast

Bulking up Breakfast

So this certainly isn’t my idea.  It’s one of those Pinteresty things you keep thinking “I’m gonna do that one day.”  Well, I finally did and now I’ve done it several times!

DIY instant oatmeal packets add ease and health to my family’s morning.Continue Reading

Bits and Bobs

Bits and Bobs

Do you ever buy those bags of lemons at Costco?

I do, and sometimes by the time I’ve gone through a few I’m not feeling so lemony anymore.  Most of the time I’ll juice the remaining lemons and put the juice in the freezer.  Occasionally, I’m too lazy to even be bothered.Continue Reading

Creamy Cajun Kale

Creamy Cajun Kale

Late last summer, I planted some kale in a planter box that I can see from my dining room sliding glass door.  I planted it, left it alone and just watched it grow.  The critters seemed to enjoy nibbling on it.  There were plenty of bug bites on the leaves and the squirrels ran around playing in it.  After a while, it became more of an experiment in overwintering kale.Continue Reading

Dat Butt

Dat Butt

I’m trying a new to me method of cooking a 4 lb pork butt.  Pork butt, which is actually the shoulder (what??), is pretty affordable and hopefully I’ll get another meal out of it.  I must admit that I wouldn’t have bought this roast if I hadn’t scored a $10 off coupon making a $13 roast much more exciting to me.Continue Reading

Rice, Rice, Baby

Rice, Rice, Baby

I’m big on menu planning.  Sometimes it’s only for a few days ahead and other times 2 weeks.  I’m not fanatical about sticking to the plan it just helps me organize my time in the kitchen.Continue Reading

Chowderhead

Chowderhead

I’ve mentioned I never make soup the same way twice.  This is sometimes a bummer because when my family says make that ———— soup I have no idea what I did last time.

This is how I’m making chowder today.  Next week it could be completely different.Continue Reading

My Freezer, My Friend

My Freezer, My Friend

So this came about when I needed to come up with a side dish to bring for Thanksgiving.  I shopped my house first, as always.  I had corn and pesto in the freezer and thought that sounded like a good idea.Continue Reading

We be Poppin’

We be Poppin’

Okay, so not exactly earth shattering news but more along the lines of a didya know.Continue Reading

Honey, Here’s Your Medicine

Honey, Here’s Your Medicine

I’m gonna admit right out of the gate that this is one that not many people are going to do.  However, my husband swears by it.Continue Reading

Spice Girl

Spice Girl

I have a lot of spices.  Like enough for the neighborhood.Continue Reading

Souper Freak!

Souper Freak!

Man, I love constructing a soup.  Never the same way twice.Continue Reading

Apple of My Eye

Apple of My Eye

As I have mentioned many a time – I buy in bulk.  The 40 pound box of Honey Crisp apples I purchased a few weeks back hasn’t been tackled as quickly as I would have liked.  Normally, we would have finished them by now.  The holiday food that’s been around may have had something to do with that.Continue Reading

Celebrating Celery

Celebrating Celery

I am very excited to share with you one of my favorite winter salads. As excited as one can be about salad anyway. This one features the usually relegated to secondary ingredient celery. This is a very simple and satisfying dish.Continue Reading

Punny Business

Punny Business

Well, hello Gorgeous! How about I slip you into something a little more comfortable?

Like soup.Continue Reading

Take My Hand

Take My Hand

I think I’ve mentioned I buy a lot of things in bulk.  It’s often easier and usually cheaper to stock up on things you know you’ll need anyway.Continue Reading

Soup’s On

Soup’s On
It’s raining and so I feel compelled to make soup.  I love soup!  Thick soup, thin soup, veggie soup, milk based, bean soup.  I want them all!  I’m feeling kind of meat and potatoes so I pull some beef bone broth out of the freezer.

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Puttering Continued

Puttering Continued

I pull some waffles from the freezer for tomorrow’s breakfast.Continue Reading

Puttering

Puttering

This is how my days (and brain) revolve around food. I don’t have to leave the house much today, so I get to putter. One of my favorite ways to spend a day!Continue Reading

Showing the Love One Meal at a Time

Showing the Love One Meal at a Time

I don’t get up early in the morning.  I just don’t.  No good reason.  I get up at the more civilized hour of 7 to 7:30 in the morning.  My family, on the other hand, has places to go and people to see.  They get up some time crazy-early.  I don’t even wanna know.  But I do like to do my part.Continue Reading

Hot Tuna

Hot Tuna

Depending on your age you may recognize this as a band name.  No?  Well then surely you’ll recognize “You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish”.  Well, you can at my house.  We are having creamed tuna on toast for dinner.  It’s a dish my mom made for me when I was a kid.  I love it and my kids love it also. Continue Reading

Dem Bones

Dem Bones

Dem bones, dem bones, dem beef bones….

I like nothing better than boiling up bones.  The minute a raindrop hits the ground I’m pulling bones out of the freezer.  Bone broth is SO good for you.  It’s what makes homemade soup taste homemade.  It takes time.  It takes love.   Continue Reading

Baking Bacon

Baking Bacon

I haven’t fried bacon for breakfast for a couple of years.   I find it messy and potentially painful with all that grease spattering.  I bake my bacon until it’s about 90 percent done and then set it aside for whatever its intended use is.   If I will be frying it up with something else-cabbage, potatoes, whatever –it will still have just enough fat left in it to season and help grease the pan.  If it will just be eaten as is then I reheat it in the microwave for a tiny bit.  Here’s how I do it….Continue Reading

Fast and Filling

Fast and Filling

This one is easy and frugal as well as fast and tasty.  For some inexplicable reason it is one of my daughter’s favorites.  My mom calls it peasant food.Continue Reading

Eggs actly

Eggs actly

Back in the day, there was a commercial about “The Incredible Edible Egg” touting the greatness of the self-contained protein source.  I believe it hook, line and sinker.  Eggs are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Eggs are almost always appealing to me. Continue Reading

Strata-gizing

Strata-gizing

So let’s say croutons don’t float your boat but you still want to save those random bits of bread that are past their prime.  What else can you do with them?  Strata, my friends.Continue Reading

Creating Croutons

Creating Croutons

 I have a husband and 2 school age children who pack lunches every day.  We go through a lot of bread. A LOT.  I have a dedicated freezer just for bakery items.  I go to the bakery outlet and load up on loaves of bread, rolls, buns, bagels, English muffins, you name it.  We have no fear of gluten in our household.Continue Reading

I’m a Sourpuss

I’m a Sourpuss

I like tart and sour flavors like citrus, hot & sour soup, and wine.  I have been known to pour a particularly good pickle brine over ice and drink it.  I wish I were joking.  And vinegar…I love me some vinegar. Continue Reading

Two Eggplants?!

Two Eggplants?!

I received 2 eggplants in my produce box last week.  One eggplant is enough to deal with but 2?  I put them in my veggie bin thinking I would make baba ganoush with them later on (basically hummus using eggplant instead of garbanzo beans).  Then my husband and I went out for gyros and had baba ganoush with our dinner.  It was really good.  So good that I wasn’t sure mine could compete.  So what to do with my eggplants ?….hmm…Google it.  Continue Reading

The Crowd was Pleased…. with Crowd Pleasing Chicken Spaghetti

The Crowd was Pleased…. with Crowd Pleasing Chicken Spaghetti

Since I wasn’t initially sure how many girls from my daughters’ cross country team I would be feeding for the overnight campout in our yard, I tried to pick a meal that would be flexible for those who RSVP’d later.  I picked a recipe called Kraft Crowd Pleasing Chicken Spaghetti as my starting point and riffed off of that.

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Great Balls of Pork!

Great Balls of Pork!

We have a team of cross country girls camping out in our yard this coming weekend.  At this point, I’m not sure if that’s 5 or 25 young ladies.  For their dinner, I will be offering a salad and a chicken spaghetti dish that I can prep ahead.  The thought of breakfast for a group of hungry teenage girls when I am not fully cognizant (read morning before coffee) sort of scares me.  I’ve decided to go with bananas, vanilla yogurt, French vanilla granola and sausage balls. Continue Reading

Sweet Potato Musings – One Pot Mexican Shepherds Pie

Sweet Potato Musings – One Pot Mexican Shepherds Pie

I buy a lot of my food in bulk quantities.  40 pounds of chicken wings, 20 pounds of yams, 40 pounds of hamburger, 20 pounds of cucumbers, etc.  This comes in handy for stocking the freezer and canning.  It also leads to some “what the heck am I gonna do with all those yams?” moments.Continue Reading

Another Day, Another Bean

Another Day, Another Bean

Green beans this time.  We eat a goodly amount of green beans.  I buy the big frozen bags of organic green beans from Costco for most of the year but these are fresh from my Organics to You delivered vegetable box with a few homegrown tossed in as well.  Continue Reading

Clouds in My Coffee

Clouds in My Coffee

I enjoy coffee most days.  I use a Toddy which is a cold water method that makes a coffee extract. It’s good stuff— no burnt flavor and non acidic.  I keep my coffee in a gin bottle ‘cause I’m cool like that.  Continue Reading

The Magic Fruit

The Magic Fruit

Okay so this is just a pot of beans.  But what beans!Continue Reading

Return of the Pig

Return of the Pig

The 4th of July smoked pork makes a repeat performance in quesadillas.Continue Reading

Not Trying to Make a Big Dill About It

Not Trying to Make a Big Dill About It

…but I made 7 quarts and 9 pints of Kosher Dill Pickles and 2 quarts and 3 pints of Bread and Butter Pickles (which are a bit sweet and a bit spicy).  I’m tickled with pickles.  Continue Reading