14-minute Homemade Lunch!

This is what I made for lunch today for myself--and there was a small portion left over from this meal made of leftovers, and my 15-year-old ate that and liked it!  I'll explain how I made this particular meal, but the larger point is that it's often possible to make something delicious out of the … Continue reading 14-minute Homemade Lunch!

Split Pea Curry Soup for Slow Cooker (vegan) (GF)

Split pea soup is one of the first things we tried making when we got a slow cooker 5 years ago.  We made a basic recipe with carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, and thyme, and it was okay, but only Daniel really liked it.  I thought it was boring. Then I spotted a recipe for split … Continue reading Split Pea Curry Soup for Slow Cooker (vegan) (GF)

Why we had Banana Bread and Black Bean Soup for Easter dinner

We've never established a traditional Easter dinner for our family.  Partly it's because we don't eat lamb or ham, but the biggest reason is that for the past 15 years I've been heavily involved in the Easter celebrations at church.  The Easter Vigil service is late Saturday night, followed by a festive reception, and then … Continue reading Why we had Banana Bread and Black Bean Soup for Easter dinner

24 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers–Not Just Turkey!

My partner Daniel's cousin Mike has just concluded a 25-year tradition of inviting all the extended family to Thanksgiving dinner at his home in upstate New York.  We're planning to get together next November, too, but it'll have to be somewhere else because Mike is selling his house and moving to Florida.  As one of … Continue reading 24 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers–Not Just Turkey!

Four Weeks of Pesco-Vegetarian Dinners (winter, with a baby)

A pesco-vegetarian is someone who eats no meat except fish. That’s what we do when we’re at home and most of the time when we eat in other places.  Our 8-month-old daughter, Lydia, is abstaining from cow's milk until after her first birthday, because I have some family history of dairy allergies that may have … Continue reading Four Weeks of Pesco-Vegetarian Dinners (winter, with a baby)

Tetrazzini

This rich, filling casserole is a wonderful comfort food for chilly days!  It's made with real ingredients--no canned soup--yet it's fairly easy to put together.  Turkey Tetrazzini is traditional, but my family usually doesn't eat meat other than fish, so we most often make Tetrazzini with canned Alaskan salmon.  We've also made it with cubes … Continue reading Tetrazzini