Saturday, March 7, 2009

Delicious and Easy Home Baked Rolls

Just finished these. Had one with a touch of butter and a cup of coffee.Mmmm. The easy affordable recipe is on

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Black Beans, chicken, and Ginger

BLACK BEANS WITH CHICKEN AND GINGER Boil 8 oz black beans for three minutes and then allow to soak for one hour. Roast a whole chicken or 2 full chicken breasts or 4 leg quarters. Remove the bones. Dice the meat and set aside. This will feed 8-12

In large skillet, heat gently 1/3 cup olive oil. then sauté four sliced onions, 4 diced garlic cloves, one minced walnut sized piece of ginger, 2 stalks of celery, diced, 2 large carrot diced. When cooked, remove half and set aside. When the beans have finished soaking, pour off the remaining water. Add one half the onion mixture to the pan. Stir in 1 teaspoon of oregano and one teaspoon of basil, and cook gently for three minutes. Add one teaspoon of red wine vinegar. Add the beans and water to cover. Simmer until beans are tender, about an hour and a half. In the skillet, sauté one half of a red pepper and one half pound of sliced mushrooms and optional, one cup chopped collard greens. Add the diced chicken and the beans. Stir in 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Serve or refrigerate to be reheated later.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chicken Cacciatore-Anerican Style

Chicken Cacciatore- American style is a great super bowl recipe. You can prepare it the day before and reheat it . It easily doubles or tripples. And just as important, if you use chicken leg quarters, it is very affordable. Any left overs can be frozen. If only sauce is left over, freeze that and then use over hamburgers or beans.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Once Upon a Time

Once upon a time, the diagnosis was grim, the treatment painful, but courage was unlimited: Oral Cancer. Surgery, Radiation. And how to tempt and encourage and inspire the will to eat. The food wasput together like this. U It became a game. and each day more effort went into it. Needless to say, you can guess where it all went. Can you? It all dispappeared into the food processor and hopefully to be eaten, without ending up in the dog's dish. For recipes, see American Made Yes-Recipes.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Morning Baking/Cooking for the Weekend

The rolls, each weighing 125 grams before baking and 115 grams after baking. Recipe for Must Have Bread Recipe on recipe page of  The other weekend dish is just getting ready for the weekend and testing. It's another Must Have Recipe, Chicken Cacciatore, American Style. This is the second test, what we always do before publishing. Haven't tasted this morning's yet. It's still cooking.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

A Dismal Failure

It hurts to admit you have dismal failures. I, who could simultaneously, like Eli Manning throws a touchdown pass, chew gum and flip a layer cake out of a pan or an upside cake or honey buns out of their pans without blinking an eyelash, had this miserable result after painstaking effort with this fussy little teacake that is just delicious. It can also be an almond tea cake with apricot, fyi. Here it is, the strawberry tea cake before it was baked. And then the same cake after it was dropped when it was turned out of the baking pan. Well, here's what to do: serve portions in your prettiest bowls and top with thick whipping cream or vanilla ice cream. Make sure you have lots of wine with your dinner first. Not everything in our test kitchen turns out a success but at the end of the day, the dish was enjoyed by all. And it's your secret and mine. And if you want the recipe, I'll get around to it, when I've gotten over the ignominy of the whole thing, plus digging out through the snow in this 10' weather we're having in NH. 

Must Have Bread Recipe