Oh Banana!

There is always something to learn. Right? Recently I read “banana peels are good for gardens because they contain 42 percent potassium (abbreviated to its scientific name K), one of the three major components of fertilizer along with nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) and shown on fertilizer labels as NPK. In fact, banana peels haveContinue reading “Oh Banana!”

Picnic-Perfect Lemon-Tahini Slaw

I had two favorite cookbooks out on the kitchen table opened to recipes for coleslaw: The Taste of Summer and Earth To Table Every Day. Susan saw them and asked what I was looking for. I told here and a few minutes later she came back into the kitchen and gave me a copy ofContinue reading “Picnic-Perfect Lemon-Tahini Slaw”

Crispy Bean Cakes With Harissa, Lemon and Herbs

OH MY! I have wanted to make bean cakes for a long time. I finally did a few nights ago. So delicious! I found the recipe on The New York Times Cooking page. A recipe developed by Yewande Komolafe. Quoting The New York Times: “This recipe embraces any beans you’ve got in your pantry. CannedContinue reading “Crispy Bean Cakes With Harissa, Lemon and Herbs”

Getting My Garden Ready

Here in Western Massachusetts, we are told by those in the know (How they know, I do not know.) to wait until Memorial Day to plant your garden. I rototilled my garden on Monday, May 17th and planted it on Wednesday, May 19th. I guess I have always been a rule-breaker. The garden late lastContinue reading “Getting My Garden Ready”


On Friday, I worked all day getting my garden ready for planting. I was tired and sore by the end of the day. Susan suggested we order out for Italian Food. We did. And we saved the bread that came with the dinner. The next day, Saturday, Susan suggested I make Crostini to enjoy asContinue reading “Crostini”

Black Pepper Shrimp

Quoting from The New York Times: “This dish, adapted from Lucy Carvalho, the cookbook author Nik Sharma’s grandmother, owes its fragrance and fiery bite to a generous amount of crushed black peppercorns in a velvety gravy. Like many other Indian home cooks, Ms. Carvalho, who lived in the coastal city of Mumbai, took the Indo-ChineseContinue reading “Black Pepper Shrimp”

Italian Wedding Soup

With a twist. The sausage meatballs! I read about it on the editor of Bon Appetit’s Instagram page. It is uncomplicated and oh so delicious. Better the next day, too! Quoting Bon Appetit: “This recipe takes all the right shortcuts and none of the wrong ones. We doctor up sweet Italian sausage for the meatballs,Continue reading “Italian Wedding Soup”

The Past Few Days In Photos

Click on photos to enlarge. May 4–May 10, 2021. Click on photos to enlarge.

Sesame-Soy Shrimp, Ramen, and Bok Choy

Susan showed me the recipe in the morning. I went grocery shopping. I made this for dinner same day. YUM! Ingredients 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 3 tablespoons oyster sauce 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 12 ounces fresh or frozen (thawed) medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (I used cocktail shrimp whichContinue reading “Sesame-Soy Shrimp, Ramen, and Bok Choy”