Iron and Rust

The four-legged cast-iron Dutch oven sat just outside the kitchen window, masquerading as a planter for wild things. Tetanus, maybe. Running a hand across its rust-roughened surface, it was hard to tell if it had sprouted tumors or succumbed to the pitting of an acid rain. I had an uneasy, love-hate relationship with cast iron Read More …

Culinary Arts and Letters

It has been a while, hasn’t it? Thanks to @AnkleBuster (Mitchell Allen) for letting me know that the Creative Copy Challenge had been resurrected! This week’s words: Act, Tougher, Quality, Contribute, Hockey, Soft, Sandwich, Colour, Hopeful, Nimble See Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #344 for more details.   Culinary Arts and Letters A Fictional Reality Show   Read More …

Trying New Things: Lasagna Roll-Ups

Easy Tomato Basil Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups Boil lasagna noodles per package directions. Preheat oven to 375F. Pour about half of a jar of pasta sauce in the bottom of a Pyrex baking pan and spread it around to coat. Chop spinach and basil together. Mix spinach and basil with 15 oz. ricotta. Season mixture with Read More …

Trying New Things: Chayote

No, not coyote – chayote. It’s a kind of squash. After the nopale pads, I decided to try chayote. When I went to the store, the nopale pads were all spoiled and sprouting gray hair, so I skipped those and bought some “nopalitos,” or pre-cleaned, precut nopales. No prickly sticklies! I figured I did so Read More …