Archive for the 'Cooking' Category

Ode to second quarter.


Here I am, a cat purring at my side. Bears kitty (also known as Nepenthe) and I were previously watching the snow fall outside as well as sniffing the air to catch a whiff of the roast slowly cooking away in the crock pot. Now she’s sleeping and I’m watching the Bears make fools of [...]

Spiced Up Lamb with Lentils


Let’s face it.  Summer cooking is boring.  Even though we hardly had a true summer here in the Denver area, I hardly did any of our cooking.  The husband did most of it, with plenty of eating out or ordering in, too. With the fall weather settling in, I start thinking about the crock pot [...]



Last Sunday, I prepared a new crockpot recipe for lamb shanks.  While they were delicious, the real star of the meal was the new brussels sprouts dish I made.  Here are recipes and pictures for both: Lamb Shanks in Tomato Sauce (adapted from The Gourmet Slow Cooker by Lynn Alley, serves 2) 1 tablespoon ground [...]

The Ides of March.


Just some random musings this Ides of March: Got an e-mail from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival asking for money.  They’ll be having more actors doing multiple roles in the same play, cutting down on performances (seven weeks instead of nine this summer), cutting down on number of technicians, and freezing salaries.   Sounds familiar to [...]

As requested, in Greg’s own words (except for a couple of glaring grammatical errors): 3 Alarm Chili, Slow Cooker Style This is loosely based off of “Kasvi’s Nuclear Chili”, which has apparently disappeared from the web, even though there are links to it. This recipe is for a 6-7 quart slow cooker, and will pretty much fill that [...]

Full Freezer.


We were inspired by my parents, who had a freezer full of chili, spaghetti sauce, and soup when we visited back in December.  We spent last weekend cooking: Onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, peppercorns, water, and tomato paste yielded 56 ounces of vegetable stock.  Rachel’s stock will be used for flavoring couscous and [...]

When you are making dinner rolls from scratch for 6 or more people, the dough will not rise enough to fill all twelve spots in the pan, resulting in a low roll-to-human ratio. When you are making dinner rolls from scratch for 4 people (in this case including two diabetics watching the carb intake), you [...]

Writing while sitting in front of light box. Elliptical workout while listening to Christmas music, Poison, and REO Speedwagon. Coffee during Meet the Press. Shower in time for the FOX NFL pre-game show picks. Football, football, and more football.  Scrabble during meaningless games (to us), rapt attention during the Broncos game (when not checking the [...]

Cooking meme.


Thank you to Lee Ann at The Butter Compartment.  1. Can you cook? If yes, do you like to cook? Yes, and yes. 2. When do you eat with your whole family? Greg and I eat together most nights.  We visit with his parents (who live an hour away) for dinner about every 6 weeks [...]

A Food Meme.


(Thanks to Julia.   1. How do you like your eggs? In an omelette, please.  Mushrooms, Swiss, maybe artichokes too.    2. How do you take your coffee/tea? Coffee – with a splash of soy milk and a dash of stevia.  Tea – nothing.     3. Favorite breakfast food: French toast.  Le sigh.    4. Peanut [...]