Walleye for You, Steelhead Trout for Me

Ted brought back a steelhead trout the last time he was out fishing for walleye on Lake Erie, even though he wants no part of eating salmon or their cousins—he says they’re fishy, but I think he probably just had a bad experience. So, I’m having the steelhead and taking out a small walleye for…

Apple Oat Bran Muffins

Remember when I took my go-to Quick Banana Bread and turned it into  Whole Wheat Oatmeal Banana Bread? It turned out very well, and it wasn’t the first time I had started with the simple recipe and made simple changes to achieve a different taste or texture. I changed it up once by taking out…

White Bean Chicken Chili—Slow Cooker

I’m reluctant to call this dish chili, even though I know lots of people do just because it’s a combination of beans and meat. I think it’s a stretch, though, and like so many other dishes, I wish some inventive person had come up with another name. Still, I can see how chili is a…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

I was totally inspired by Carl’s “Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread” at Needs Baked to make these cookie cups in a muffin tin. I followed all of his inspirations and just made one ingredient substitution. Most of my changes are in the construction and appearance; the original recipe is made in a square pan which I…

Cooking Up the Summer Harvest—Tomatoes

I still have a lot of tomatoes coming for more of the following recipes I think I already have enough roasted tomatoes in the freezer (about 8 containers, small and medium in size), which I made as the tomatoes began to ripen in small batches. I saved them in small containers so they could be…

Cooking Up the Summer Harvest—Salsa

No, I haven’t been on vacation, I’ve been cooking up all the tomatoes and peppers from the garden, and while I’m not done, I will probably just be doing more of the same to what’s left. The green beans are about done, and I will likely French the last batch today as a side for…

Garden Green Bean Casserole

I know, it’s the middle of summer and not a holiday, where you usually expect to see a green bean casserole, but the garden keeps giving and there are only so many things to do with green beans. We don’t care for sour green bean salads, so that doesn’t leave much else. Although we are…

Smoking Some Garden Jalapeños

For some reason, my husband expanded the garden to include jalapeño peppers this year, so I’ve been thinking of different ways to use them. Sometimes the raw ones are just a little too zippy for my old stomach, but I do like what they add to a fresh salsa. The old standby is to roast,…

You Can Smash Burgers on the Grill . . .

. . . if you use a griddle, of course. I hope you haven’t tried it right on the grill grate, but I’d like to see the pictures if you did. 😉 It means my husband won’t be getting his beloved thick rare burgers, but maybe he’ll like the crispy bits on all the edges…