Herbed Caccia e Pepe

This version of caccia e peppe, or cheese with pepper pasta, came about last spring when I had a lot of oregano that needed a trim. Above: oregano and lettuces growing in a repurposed box frame Below: freshly harvested oregano, mint, basil, and cilantro I also had a few tomatoes, Vidalia onions, and garlic. I … Continue reading Herbed Caccia e Pepe

Kiki’s Salsa-Loaded Meatloaf

What do you fix for dinner when you have ground beef but can't decide if you want tacos or meatloaf? Mija recently solved that dilemma at our house by making a wonderful Salsa-Loaded Meat Loaf. Ingredients Meatloaf 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion chopped 1 garlic clove, minced 1 pound ground beef ½ cup salsa … Continue reading Kiki’s Salsa-Loaded Meatloaf

Shrub Tasting

No, I wasn't out chomping on landscape. Instead, I tried The Burning Bushes Shrub, one of the drinking vinegars, from Glacier's End. I purchased some earlier in the season from them at The Marion Farmer's Market. I had tried earlier in the year to get some at the Winter Farmer's Market (Carbondale Community Farmer's Market) … Continue reading Shrub Tasting

Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

Did you know that a good way to stretch ingredients is to make them into a topping for something like smashed potatoes, baked potatoes, salad, pizza, or even nachos? If you haven't noticed, meat has been more scarce and pricey thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. When all the shelter in place directives first came down, … Continue reading Stretching Ingredients into a Meal

Last Minute Dip

Are you searching for a tasty dip or appetizer for last minute company or a get together? This dip is only three ingredients and literally can be made in seconds. All you need is a softened brock of cream cheese or Neufchâtel cheese, a packet of Sazón, and some basil pesto. Ingredients: 1 block of … Continue reading Last Minute Dip

Oregano Pesto

A few years ago, I repurposed a very old mattress box springs into a raised herb garden. The oregano I planted has made it through a couple winters and continued to grow stronger each spring. This is good. Southern Illinois seems to have a climate that pleases oregano. One of my favorite meal prep uses … Continue reading Oregano Pesto