Gluten Free Corn Penne

Back to blogging. I have been making gluten free dishes for my family. This corn pasta was tasty and had a great texture. I got it from Wegmans and it was delicious.

Very good with Vodka Sauce and herbs from the garden.

July 10, 2012 Posted by: Leave a comment - Permalink

Polynesian Chicken

We eat a lot of chicken in our house and I wanted to make something that was different and fruity, so I created this dish.

Polynesian Chicken

Polynesian Chicken

4 Chicken breasts, sliced
1Tbsp olive oil
2 Green Peppers
1 Onion
3 scallions
1/2  can of Crushed Pineapple
1/2 tsp curry
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp coriander
1/2 c vinegar

Saute the chicken in the oil. Cook 12-14 min until the juices run clear. Set the chicken aside and saute the peppers, scallions and onions. Once the vegetables are softened, add pineapple, spices and vinegar. Simmer for 15 minutes to allow liquid to thicken. Stir the chicken back in.

I served this with Jasmine rice and topped the dish off with accompaniments of chopped peanuts, shredded coconut and Chutney.

May 4, 2012 Posted by: Leave a comment - Permalink

Frugally Sustainable and Frugal Babe

I have been roaming the blogosphere looking for interesting and informative blogs. My latest search is focused around frugality and spending less. Cultivating a lifestyle of simplicity is a goal that can seem illusive.

Another frugal blog is Frugally Sustainable .  Andrea writes:

“Frugally Sustainable is the story of our family’s transition out of a consumer culture into the brave world of sustainability. It’s about focusing on what’s important amidst uncertain times. It’s about returning to forgotten skills, reviving old wisdom, creating something amazing, and finding happiness.”

Andrea quotes,   “I buy my freedom with my frugality.”~Vicki Robins

Also I visited the “Frugal Babe”, with the tag line: A rich life with out a lot of money.  Frugal BabeFrugal Babe

“UPDATE, February 2012:  We’re a family of four now, and have been since last spring.  Our baby is ten months old and keeps us entertained and busy!  We’re still very focused on our goal of paying off our house as soon as possible and saving as much as we can for the future.  We’ve been in our house almost three years and have paid off almost six years on our 15-year mortgage… so far, so good.”

Both these blogs were full of info, recipes and chuckles. I recommend them.

April 28, 2012 Posted by: Leave a comment - Permalink

Roasted Potato Salad

I wanted some really good potato salad this weekend to go along with the turkey Brats that I planned to grill. I used baked potatoes that I had made the day before, which seemed to be less of a hassle than peeling, cubing and boiling the potatoes.

potato salad

Roasted Potato Salad

10 Large potatoes, baked
1 c mayonnaise
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 eggs, hard boiled and then chopped
1 tsp dill weed
1/2 tsp  ground coriander
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 c sweet relish
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Roast the potatoes at 350 degrees for 50 min.  Allow them to cool. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl add all other ingredients. Stir together and set aside. Baking the potato loosens the skin, so peeling should not be too difficult.  Use a paring knife to pull  away skin and cube them. Gently stir the potatoes in with the mayonnaise mixture. Put in fridge to cool for several hours. This is even better the next day.

April 26, 2012 Posted by: 1 Comment - Permalink

Mushroom and Chive Scrambled Eggs

This brunch dish was pretty popular. I wanted eggs with mushrooms, but I knew that not everyone is a fungi fan. So I decided to scramble some eggs and put out a variety of toppings so we could each have designer eggs.


I had a dish of eggs, the mushrooms and chives and then a platter of cheeses. I chose Brie to complement the mushrooms. Fruit and bacon were also offered.

Well this was pretty easy. I just sauteed a container of sliced mushrooms in butter.  Then I chopped some chives and added dash of salt.  I made 12 eggs and prepared the fruit. Once I started the bacon, people began to materialize in the dining room. Every weekend I know that I’ll have a quiet morning to myself until the coffee and bacon get started.

April 23, 2012 Posted by: Leave a comment - Permalink

Squawkfox Blog

Squawkfox, Where frugal living is sexy, delicious and fun. Kerry’s blog is a destination if you are like me and looking for ways to save money, live well and have some fun along the way.

“My name is Kerry K. Taylor (the K. part is important) and I’m the lone blogger here. I started this site in 2008 and have since been voted Canada’s #1 Money Blogger by a big Canadian newspaper. American newspapers like me too, though.

Squawkfox explores frugal living topics that are sexy, delicious, and fun. Sometimes.

Since I write long posts about consumer restraint, I’m very surprised that so many people read my blog. I’m also surprised that Squawkfox is one of the biggest personal finance blogs on the interwebs. Maybe it’s because I include pictures.”

The latest challenge is to stop wasting food. I know that I could do a better job of planning and therefore have less waste. I’m taking the challenge!!  Hope you do too.

This is an entertaining and informative blog. I recommend it to you.

April 21, 2012 Posted by: Leave a comment - Permalink

Lemon Cloud

I made something recently that I have not tasted since I was a child. I have been on a pudding/mousse/jello jag for a while now and this light confection was just right for dessert after dinner on a warm night.

lemon jello

When I was little, my mother made a jello dish that was down-right inspired. Whipped jello! Jello was pretty popular back in the day and I found all sorts of dishes in the little recipe box that I inherited from my grandmother. Here is one of my favorites. This is so simple and so good.

Make a fruity jello according to the box direction. I chose lemon flavor. For this recipe, 2 cups of water are to be added. I heated 1 cup of water and mixed it in then I added a cup of Club Soda. Stir in the club soda and put the bowl in the refrigerator. After about 10 or 15 minutes, blend the jello with an electric beater until the jello foams up. Spoon into small dishes and chill for several hours. You could also use sugar-free jello.

April 16, 2012 Posted by: Leave a comment - Permalink