Evil Auntie in Search of Mediterranean Cuisine

Eggplant Parmesan Ingredients eggplant flour eggs (beaten with water or milk) breadcrumbs olive oil grated parmesan cheese oregano rosemary salt pepper Mix breadcrumbs with rosemary, oregano – add salt & pepper to taste. Layout flour, eggs and breadcrumbs in shallow dishes for dipping. Cut off ends of eggplant and slice into pieces 1/4″ to 1/2″ […]

Cut costs without cutting quality

The price of olive oil keeps going up as consumer demand rises. How to benefit from olive oil on a tight budget? Canola oil has many of the same beneficial qualities at a much lower cost, so blend 1 part olive oil to 3 parts canola oil – the taste is much the same as […]

Pickled Cucumber for Summer Evenings


Super easy to make! Take an English Cucumber and slice into thin wafers. For visual appeal, you might peel in a pattern like the pieces in the photo. Dump into a tall container and add sweet rice vinegar,  diluting with water to taste. I find that one part vinegar to 3 parts water works well […]

My Grandfather Sprinkled Sugar on Sliced Tomatoes!


But he was never overweight – partially because he was a chain smoker, but mostly he spent a lot of time outdoors supervising the digging of ditches for water mains. Smoking isn’t the best way to control your appetite – it’s probably one of the worst… Human beings evolved outdoors – some say the average […]

The Trouble With Chicken

That’s the title of a new Frontline documentary focusing on the recent Salmonella outbreaks. For the homemaker there is some real eyeopening information on the different standards for whole chicken or cut-up parts. Also : how to safely handle raw chicken. Among other unpleasant facts uncovered in the film, the USDA is applying health standards from […]

Evil Auntie and the Secret Recipe


Ingredients: 6 eggs 1/4 cup diced scallions 1/4 cup diced bamboo shoots 1/4 cup diced water chestnuts 1/4 cup celery 1/2 cup cooked diced chicken 1 teaspoon soy sauce cooking oil Preparation: Crack eggs, discard shells and beat lightly Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir Heat cooking oil in pan until it sizzles […]

Evil Auntie Salutes the Beans


Ingredients: mixture of green, purple and yellow beans red and green chopped peppers sliced almonds Sea Salt ground black pepper olive oil toasted sesame oil Preparation: Rinse the beans thoroughly, cut off the ends, then cut the beans into bite size pieces. Steam the beans in a double boiler for 6 minutes Heat some olive […]

What is a “Commercial Kitchen”?

Amongst foodies you may occasionally hear references to a “commercial kitchen“. What does this mean and how does it differ from an ordinary kitchen? (hint: it isn’t the number of burners on the stove!) The most important difference (other than the fact that the local Board of Health comes by and inspects the premises from […]

Substitution of Ingredients

Often you will find that you are missing some ingredient that is called for in a recipe. This is usually not a problem, as most ingredients have acceptable substitutes! The most common missing ingredient in our kitchen is milk. At various times we’ve used soymilk, water, a bit of butter, diluted sweetened condensed milk, diluted […]

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