Whoops! It Dropped on the Floor!

Perhaps you’ve heard of something called “the 5 second rule” (if you pick it up within 5 seconds it is ok to eat)? Well that turns out not to be true… There are many factors involved in bacterial transfer – wet foods pick up bacteria instantly, dry ones not so fast. The floor covering also […]

How to Make Your Own Recipe – Marinara Sauce

Cooks start their career following the recipes of others, but at some point you’ll feel the need to make changes to an existing recipe or create something entirely new. That’s why we often don’t give exact quantities in our recipes. Perhaps it is something relatively simple – substituting one ingredient for another. A good example […]

Fresh Foods are Easy to Make…


Fresh food is really simple – gather ingredients, prepare, eat. On the other hand… …preparing food for long term storage, travel or extreme conditions is an exacting business – yes, business. Spoiled food is wasted food. A classical example from my childhood comes to mind: canning – Fresh fruits and vegetables were prepared for canning – […]

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 […]

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