Zucchini Pickles

Who has a plethora of zucchini at the end of harvest?  At the end of summer, I can always find a ton of them, and usually they are quite large.  So, what is a diabetic to do?  Zucchini Bread and muffins, cakes and bars are all delicious, but I can only have a small amount … More Zucchini Pickles

Leftover Makeovers

I love to transform one dish into something completely different.  I call them leftover makeovers.   For this particular gastronomic delight, I took the original dish – Salisbury Steaks with French onion gravy, buttered noodles, and green beans – and turned it into a Mediterranean inspired soup.   A few fun items come together to make some … More Leftover Makeovers

Warm Ham and Vegetable Salad with Charred Eggs and Creamy French Mustard Vinaigrette

Summer is the time for salad.   I was beyond thrilled to find that a big tub of Spring Mix salad was one of the things that they had a plethora of in the food bank the last time I visited.  It was being handed out in addition to our other choices.  I enjoy warm … More Warm Ham and Vegetable Salad with Charred Eggs and Creamy French Mustard Vinaigrette

Quick Tip – Re-use

Sometimes in the summer fresh produce is available in bulk at local businesses, churches, even my local library.  Gardeners from all across the area bring in their extras or drop them off at neighbors. I have been fortunate enough at times to be the recipient of a rather large amount of cucumbers, small carrots, etc. … More Quick Tip – Re-use

Moroccan Chicken and Vegetables – with Leftover Makeovers

It is always fantastic when I can get something like a whole chicken from the food bank.  This one was particularly lovely, as it was an organic free range chicken. Sweet potatoes, a red onion, a bag of baby carrots and some blood oranges, inspired me to create these recipes. I tend to have a … More Moroccan Chicken and Vegetables – with Leftover Makeovers

Chile Verde Cubano (Green Chili Cuban) with Black Bean Soup

I love Cuban Sandwiches… what is not to love?  Pickles, Ham, Pork, cheese.. yes please.   I got a pork loin, some green chilis, and green enchilada sauce at the food bank this week, and a previous trip to  had given me pretzel buns and sliced ham lunchmeat, which I had stored in the freezer.Beans are … More Chile Verde Cubano (Green Chili Cuban) with Black Bean Soup

Chipotle Cheddar Black Bean Fritters With Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Sometimes I just want something fun, and this recipe is definitely fun.    A Staple at the food bank is canned beans, and I am always looking for new ways to use thim.  This particular recipe can use either whole canned black beans, or canned refried beans.  Canned beans are a great time saver, simply … More Chipotle Cheddar Black Bean Fritters With Chipotle Dipping Sauce