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When I moved my website to a new host, many of my links were broken. All these recipes do exist on my website, but presently require a search. The links are rebuilt to halfway down the page where I’ve placed a note: *links fixed to here…*


Kale chips – can be raw if you use a dehydrator instead of the oven.

Walnut P̢t̩ Рraw and vegan

Not Tuna P̢t̩ Рraw and vegan

Flax Muffins – adapted from Bob’s Red Mill package back.

Best Garlic Bread in the World

Zucchini Fritters

Salmon Dip

Hot Artichoke Dip

Baba Ganoush

Easy Hummus

My mom’s secret brie

Fish Chowder – simple and fast with frozen cod fillets.
Rockin’ Roasted Cauliflower Soup – Makes a delicious creamy cauliflower soup with roasted cauliflower. Prompted my teenage daughter to say that she LOVES cauliflower – which I know not to have not been true prior to having this soup last night.

Kabocha Red Lentil Coconut Soup– This will take you to a recipe on Maya’s blog. This link will take you a post with my slight variations on the same recipe. after I made this soup for the first time, I immediately made it again the following week, because Bella loved it so much.

Roger’s Orgasmic Créme – Actually Cream of Leek. Very simple and classy.

Greek Lentil Soup (slightly modified from The Bean Bible) – a very simple soup, which is made extra-delicious with homemade chicken stock.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup (easy-peasy crockpot style)

Creamy Corn Chowder


a zero-point Veggie Soup (good hot or cold)

Wanda’s Crazy Healthy Raw Soup

Chicken Soup (from scratch)

Basic directions for making a French-style vegetable soup

Brown Rice Salad – Would be a good dish to bring to a potluck
Couscous with Cilantro and Lemon – a bold riff off a recipe from

The Cowboy Cavier Malnove Salad – It’s a cut-open-and-serve kind of salad. Delicious and simple.

Braised Radishes
Spice-Stuffed Okra

Pecan Sweet Potatoes – this one is a family favorite for Thanksgiving: fail-proof winner!

American Style Corn Casserole

Cabbagetown’s Cornbread

Radish, Cucumber, and Apple Fall Salad

Napa Crunch – a simple crunchy salad with five ingredients. Good for potlucks.


Linguini with Walnut-Sage Pesto

Nut Rice Burgers, a.k.a. Maui Burgers

Indispensable Pesto

Homemade Mac and Cheese (my tweaks on Cabbagetown Cafe’s original recipe)

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Chicken Piccata – with help from the Joy of Cooking.

Tilapia with Peppers and Olives – from Real Simple magazine (October 2009)

Sweet Sticky Short Ribs in the Crock Pot adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
Slow Cooker Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce – vaguely adapted from Cooks Illustrated.

Salmon Wellington – once Bella’s favorite thing from Costco, now her favorite thing to make at home.

Mandoo (Korean Dumplings)

Chicken Korma(adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes in the World)

Mama’s Onion and Chorizo Quiche

Roman-style Braised Pork Spareribs with Cabbage – (adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes in the World)

Osso buco – veal shanks are expensive (I spent nearly $100 buying them at Bristol Farms), but this is a delicious meal for a special occasion.

Provence-Style Chicken (adapted from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes in the World)

Kung Pao Chicken (from Mark Bittman’s The Best Recipes in the World)

Chicken and Black Bean Enchilades

Authentic Green Enchilades (this external link takes you to Maya’s blog)

American-Style Enchilades

Fast Chicken Pot Pie American-Style

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (very general Jewish family recipe)

Oyster and Chestnut Stuffing – This is my favorite dish every holiday.

Honey-Brined Turkey

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole – This recipe will feed a crowd.

Chili con carne in a pressure cooker.

Three Alarm Chili Con Carne (the most authentic chili ever)

Jowee’s Filipino Eggplant with Green Onions

Chinese-Style Steamed Tilapia

Alouette Croissant Sandwiches – like they used to make at the Perfect Cup, a cafe that once existed at White Flint Mall in Rockville, Maryland. Bella adores these and so we make them for special occasions, like every day for a week preceding a birthday.

General directions for roasting a chicken.


Peanut Sauce – a simple version of the already simple recipe Mark Bittman uses in How to Cook Everything.

Bul Go Gi Marinade

Cranberry Sauce – we use this recipe every Thanksgiving, and I always make double so there’s plenty to spread on turkey sandwiches afterwards.

Caramel ‘n Chocolate Pecan Bars ridiculously good, but too decadent to make often..

Spiced Almond Wafers – these refrigerator cookies are not too sweet and and great with a hot cup of tea.

Key Lime Pie – paraphrased from Mark Bittman

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies – without dairy or white flour.

Homemade chocolate sauce

One-bowl Brownies

Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake

Homemade Fruitcake You can see pictures of the fruitcake here.

General directions for how to build a beautiful three-level cake here. Courtesy Jennifer Vertrees

Very excellent Carrot Cake (I double and quadruple this recipe regularly.)

Dark Chocolate Truffles (by Caryn)

Rum Cake American-Style – Perfect for festive occasions and gift-giving.

Coconut Macaroons – perfect for instant gift-giving and guest-serving


Artisan bread -  the basic recipe offered in the fantastic book  Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.

Blueberry Muffins – this link takes you to the Williams-Sonoma site recipe, which is excellent. It is also fast and easy. Bella often requests them so she can take them to school. They freeze well.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Strawberry Scones – this recipe comes from the blog, Confessions of a Tart.

Gingerbread – adapted from a Williams-Sonoma recipe. Uses only fresh ginger and no white sugar.

Rice Bread – gluten-free bread for the bread machine. Three eggs makes this wheat-free bread rich and satisfying.


How to cook a perfect hard-boiled egg (according to Mark Bittman)

Tea for when you’re sick

Tips for roasting a Thanksgiving turkey

Egg Omelets in a ziplock – I’ve never tried it, but I know two people who have and lived to tell the tale.


Cooking with Mama T

Steamy Kitchen: Modern Asian Cooking

a thinking stomach – Food blogging by a Pasadena high school English teacher. Her recipes are as good as her prose.

101 Cookbooks – this blog is written by Heidi Swanson, a San Fran-based food photographer and writer. She started the blog as a way to start exploring her 100-volume cookbook collection, and now is getting her own cookbook published.


I try not to obsess about my weight, but now that I’m 40+ I really, really wanted to fit into my favorite clothes again. My husband felt the same; he wanted to lose the twenty pounds he’d gained since he’d met me – so we embarked on a mutual renegade ww program. If you want to read more about it, go through my posts. In addition, I’ve listed a few helpful sites below. will give the ww points for meals from several dozen popular chain restaurants, from Applebee’s to Starbucks.

An online ww point calculator at We’ll see how long it lasts; ww is pretty proprietorial about their material.