Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs



6 chicken thighs, bone-in, with skin on

white pepper, to taste

One 1 oz. packet dry ranch salad dressing mix

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/4 tablespoon lemon juice, to thin mixture if needed

1 clove garlic, pressed


Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Spray baking dish with non stick spray

Season with the pepper ( I didn't add salt as the package of ranch dressing has plenty in it)

Mix the package of ranch with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic to a small bowl and mix well.

Add the mixture to a large plastic bag that seals. Add one thigh at a time and cover with the mixture.

Add thighs to baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Continue to cook chicken in oven until crispy and golden brown, and internal temperature reads 165 degrees.

To check the temperature, use an instant-read food thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a few of the largest chicken thighs, not touching bone.

To get a tiny bit more crunch, broil for 5 minutes - watching chicken closely so it doesn't burn.

Gabe liked this, I thought it was so so . I don't eat the skin on the chicken and that's where most of the flavor was. Next time I'll take the skin off and debone the thighs. 

Friday, September 15, 2023

Watermelon Carpaccio


1/4th of a watermelon ( use more for if desired)

Goat cheese

Few tablespoons of crushed pistachios 

drizzle of honey


Slice watermelon thin.

Crumble goat cheese and spread over the watermelon slices along with the pistachios.

Drizzle with honey

Picked up my last watermelon till next season. I wanted to make something different. I really liked this. Made a nice light lunch

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Beet and Goat Cheese Quinoa Patties



1 ½ tablespoons Oil

1 cup Quinoa- cooked 

1 Potato peeled and boiled ( I used a Korean sweet potato)

1 Beetroot large, peeled and grated

¾ cup Spinach chopped ( used fresh spinach)

½ cup Oats powdered ( pulse oatmeal in food processor a few minutes)

1 teaspoon Ginger Paste

½ teaspoon Garlic Paste

¼ cup Goat's Cheese 

Salt to taste


Smash the potatoes in a bowl and add all the ingredients except Oil. Mix well till combined.

Take ¼ cup of the mixture and form into a round ball. Lightly flatten it to make a patty. Do the same with the rest of the mixture, and line them on a baking sheet or plate. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a frying pan, and slide in the patties one by one, making sure not to crowd the pan. Cook for 8-10 minutes, and then flip to cook the other side for the same amount of time. Towards the end, increase the flame and crisp them up on both sides.

Serve warm

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Retro Cucumber Salad


I was making this 18 years ago. We were still on Long Island and the notation that Gabe was home must of been because he didn't go diving .

I didn't add a photo. I'm pretty sure we know what a cucumber salad looks like.

It's a oldie but goodie and hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Thai Chicken Salad


2 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast
zest of an orange
zest of an lime
 3 cloves garlic, finely, chopped
1/2 cup orange juice
1 lime, juice of
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup roasted peanuts  or 1/2 cup peanut butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1small dried chili
1 head Boston lettuce
medium cucumber, grated
1/2 red onion, sliced
1 cup beans, sprouts
1 medium red pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 orange, in segments

Rub chicken with orange and lime zests and grill over high heat for 4 to 6 minutes until cooked through.
Alternately, cook chicken in a skillet over high heat in a tablespoon of sesame oil.
Cool and slice chicken into strips.
In a food processor combine all dressing ingredients. Process dressing until smooth.
Assemble salad by using lettuce as a base and sprinkling cucumbers, red onions, sprouts, peppers and chopped coriander over top.
Place chicken on top.
Serve with a few orange segments and dressing

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

August Books

1---      A Light Beyond The Trenches - Chemical warfare was in the initial stages of use during WWI and the number of blinded soldiers was high. Anna found herself as a trainer in a school for the blind and their use of guide dogs. Following the progress of her assigned veteran and a dog she rescued, makes for a wonderful read.

Mia was a German Shepard that originally was an Ambulance Dog. She developed pododermatitis and was placed as possible guide dog if  healed.

I love historical fiction and anything with a dog I was hooked.

2---The Bookbinder-  It started very slowly and to be honest I wasn't convinced, but suddenly I was deeply engaged with the characters and the time and place.

Peggy and Maude are twin sisters that work in a book bindery. Maude is different than Peggy, she likes to fold paper and repeat sentences and is eternally innocent. Peggy has always dreamed of going to university. Peggy is told to fold the pages and not to read the books. War happens and of course everyones life is turned inside out. I think this book is about both of the sisters finding their independence and reaching their potential. 

3---The Mad Woman's Ball    LOVED this book! Well written. Well paced. Rich atmospheric setting. A simple but engaging plot. Intriguing characters.

4--The Scandalous Hamiltons: A Gilded Age Grifter, a Founding Father's Disgraced Descendant, and a Trial at the Dawn of Tabloid Journalism--  If you like history, mixed with scandal and drama, this book's for you! 

5--The Matchmakers Gift- this was so light and cute, just what I needed.

6- Miss Eliza's English Kitchen-  It's a history of food and cooking, but it's also the history of classes, and of how upper class kitchens were the realm of servants or hired help. . .until it wasn't. Based on the life of Eliza Acton, author of the first modern cookbook, a woman ahead of her times.
The early 1800s in England saw few opportunities for women beyond securing a good marriage, raising children and managing the household. For those who were poor, attaining a job as a servant to a wealthy family was their only chance for security. When Eliza's father bankrupts their family, Eliza seeks to have her poetry published in hope of finding a source of income. She is turned down, but does receive a commission to write a cookbook. She delves whole heartedly into the venture and finds a passion for testing and perfecting recipes for English housewives.
Ann Kirby comes from humble means with a lame father and a mother suffering from dementia. Her brother works in a London kitchen for a famous French chef, inspiring Ann with his tales of the food they prepare. When Ann is fortunate enough to be hired by Eliza as a kitchen assistant, she draws strength and a sense of purpose from her, discovering her own ambitions.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Can't Leave Alone Bars ( Cake Mix Recipe)



 recipe from Depo

1 box white cake mix*

2 large eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 can condensed milk

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup margarine


Grease or spray 9"x13" pan. 

In a small pan over very low heat, melt chocolate chips with the condensed milk and margarine while preparing crust. 

Beat the cake mix, eggs and oil until well blended and it WILL be gooey! Clean off beaters with a spatula and spread more than 1/2 in bottom of the pan. 

Stir the condense  milk mixture until smooth and spread out on crust. 

Top with spoon fulls of remaining crust mixture and bake 25 minutes at 350ยบ. 

Cool and cut. 

* This is an older recipe. Cake mix use to be larger- 

use an upsizer

1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda Whisk together and store in a clean jar. Add 8 tbsp whenever you need to "upsize" a cake mix. Replace 25% of the flour with baking cocoa for a chocolate cake mix.

I made these for the ladies at the library. They have been so nice to me, anytime I need a book they don't have they do a interlibrary loan.