Welcome from Jo!

If you’re here, then you know me. If this is your first visit, please read this post. I have always been the cook, but a few years ago, after his retirement, Stan began to become slightly more interested in cooking. He asked me how to make simple things he likes such as lentil soup. So…

Carlene’s Clam Sauce

Carlene gave me this recipe many years ago, and I make it pretty often. It only has a few ingredients, it comes together very quickly and it has a surprisingly rich and delicious flavor. 2 6.5-ounce cans of clams. (They can be chopped or minced) Chopped large sweet onion Garlic – several cloves chopped or…

Stuffed Summer Squash

This recipe originally came from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine somewhere around 1980. I remember the first time I made it, I knew it was a keeper by the happy grunting sounds Stan made when he tasted it. This can be made with either zucchini or yellow squash. Four medium zucchini or yellow squash, about…

Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is one of the three main things that I make from leftover rotisserie chicken. The other two recipes are chicken ala king and chicken salad. This recipe can be made all in one pot if that pot can go from the stove top to the oven (pot and handles must be able to…

Adelaide’s Cole Slaw

  When Stan and I were living in West Palm Beach back in the early 80s, Aunt Helen, who had been visiting some friends in Homestead, stopped by for a few days on her way back north. While with us, Aunt Helen introduced us to her friend, Adelaide, who also lived in West Palm Beach….

Easy Peasy Banana Cream Pie

The only think that actually needs to be made for this pie is the filling. The crust and the topping are no-brainers. Of course, you could always use instant vanilla pudding, but it won’t be firm enough to slice properly, and it won’t taste nearly as good. And the only real challenge for a novice…

A Simple Separation

Of course, there are many tools available for this task. However this method for separating the egg yolk from the white is very easy and requires only your hands. Place two bowls on the counter, and break an egg into the first bowl. Tip the bowl containing the egg slightly up with your left hand…

Lentil Soup

This is Stan’s favorite soup. One of the good things about lentils, in addition to being delicious, is that they’re so small they don’t have to be soaked like many dried legumes, a trait shared with split peas. 1 pound smoked sausage (I use the kind without sodium nitrite) 4 stalks of celery, chopped 2…

Dill Potato Salad

This recipe came from my friend, Rachel, who served it at a wonderful 4th of July party we were lucky enough to attend back in the late 90s. Stan thought it was the best potato salad he’d eaten. 1 1/2 to 2 pounds small new potatoes cut into wedges 1 10-ounce package frozen tiny sweet…

Hawaiian Chicken

Stan loves this great combination of chicken, green peppers and pineapple in a sweet and sour sauce. I generally serve it with fluffy white rice that I sometimes make with chicken broth, instead of water. I generally use leg and thigh quarters only, because we prefer them. 2 chicken leg and thigh quarters 2 chicken…

Pakistani Chicken

I’ve had this recipe for years. I don’t even remember where I got it. I do know that Stan loves it. It’s spicy but not hot. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped fine or grated 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in half 3 teaspoons ground turmeric 1…