Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

That quote from the Wizard of Oz is, to mix books a bit, really more like something from Dr. Seuss’ To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street, where the story keeps getting bigger and bigger until it deflates at the end. I didn’t actually see lions or tigers or bears, but I did see at least one very unusual thing, one imaginative thing, and many lovely things.  And to think that I saw them at McDowell Forest Preserve!

The morning was a chilly one and evidently there hadn’t been any people out recently because as I came to a turn in the path and looked up, I saw two deer, a doe and a buck. As I only had my phone, you’ll have to look closely.

© janet m. webb

When my eyes turned to the path, I saw another doe, and as I got a bit closer, her dilemma was clear:  “Should I stay or should I go?”


My husband tells our girls that they should have a signature dish, one that will “seal the deal.”  My signature dish originates in Italy, although I didn’t know about it until the mid-seventies when I spent almost a year backpacking around Europe between my junior and senior years in college.

The woman I was traveling with and I met two young Italian men with whom we went to dinner.  I have no idea what anyone else had, but I had spaghetti carbonara, a bacon, egg, and Parmesan dish with humble origins.  There are apparently more than one theories as to where the dish originated, all seem to include the premise that the ingredients were both inexpensive and easily available.  Although the evening in Italy ended very oddly, the taste of that dish remained a stellar memory.

When I returned to the US, I found a recipe in a small, wire-bound Time-Life Italian cookbook.  I’ve tweaked it a bit, tried Canadian bacon to lower the fat content, and decided that when making it, I might as well go all out and enjoy the wonderful taste, just not every day.  It’s a dish many people have never tasted but that no one I’ve made it for has ever not liked.  It may not have “sealed the deal” with my husband, but it’s definitely a family favorite, along with my homemade mac-and-cheese and homemade ravioli.  Hmmm.  Seems like an Italian theme in my mostly German family

Here’s the recipe.  But what I’d like to know is what’s your signature dish?  What does your family ask for over and over?  What do you make for company?  If you can, without violating copyright laws, I’d love it if you’d include the recipe in your comment or a link to the recipe you use.

Spaghetti Carbonara

1 lb. spaghetti or linguini
3 T. butter, mashed & softened
5-6 pieces of bacon, either diced and fried or fried and crumbled
3 eggs, beaten
½+ Parmesan or a Parm.-Romano combination
Salt & pepper to taste

Cook pasta.  In the meantime, fry bacon and drain of all but a small amount of grease.  Combine beaten eggs and cheese.  Drain pasta and return to pot.  Add bacon, then egg-cheese mix.  Add salt and pepper, turn heat to low and stir until eggs are slightly set.  If you like, add more cheese. Serve immediately.

In the original recipe, I was told to heat the serving bowl, put the cooked spaghetti in the bowl, add everything else, toss, and the eggs would cook just enough.  I find that doesn’t really cook the eggs enough for me; hence, the cooking lightly in the pot.  I also found that even though it seems a non-stick pot would work wonderfully for this, a regular pot works best.  No idea why, but my whole family agrees.

The Phoneography Challenge is issued on Monday morning for the entire week.  The theme/themes for each week repeat monthly and can be found included in each week’s post.  That means you can start agonizing over which photo/s to use early and set up your post at your leisure.  If you take photos with a phone or tablet, please consider joining us.  It’s fun, the people are great and you’ll see many beautiful photos.

For the Challenger’s Choice this week, I decided to take on the challenge of “Food” as my theme.  There are many wonderful food photographers and I don’t claim to be one of them.  But I do like to take photos of food I think people will enjoy hearing about and imagine eating.  I played around a bit more with editing this week and am pleased with the results.  What do you think?  Which is most appealing to you (as a photo?)

These scone are adapted just slightly from “Moosewood Restaurant New Classics” recipe.  They are delicious and distressingly healthy.  Here’s the link to the post where I shared the recipe as well as a few others:  Enjoy!  And if you try them, let me know what you thought.

Scones (edited in Picasa with Boost and Vignette)

Scones (edited in Picasa with boost and vignette)

These two burgers are from Michael Symon’s “B Spot”,  The top one, a portobella burger which, as I recall, was dubbed “Why?” (as in why would you order that when you could get a “real” burger) and came with free bacon.  I say “was” because search as I might, I don’t see it on the menu any longer.  Too bad!  It was wonderful!

Portobella mushroom burger (edited in Picasa with saturation and museum matte)

Portobella mushroom burger (edited in Picasa with saturation and museum matte)

“Lola”, also from “B Spot”, is a burger with sunny side up egg, bacon, pickled red onions, cheddar cheese.  My sister-in-law loved it, although it can be a bit messy!

"Lola" (edited in Picasa with museum matte and saturation)

“Lola” (edited in Picasa with museum matte and saturation)

What’s your choice?  Either way, you won’t walk away hungry and if you still have room, there are scones for dessert.

Now go forth and take photos!

After we sold our house and moved in at the beginning of September, someone on Facebook mentioned that she would bringing over a pie if she were nearby. I joshed that no one had brought anything over, an all-too-usual scenario in this day and age. I did receive a few virtual pies, the main advantage of which was their lack of calories!

But two days ago, I received a surprise gift. The fact that I was getting something wasn’t a surprise, as I’d been told something was coming via the overnight mail, but what the gift would be was unknown, although I did know it was something to eat. I was told that once the box arrived, I would need some information about the contents. More intrigue!! (more…)

 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.          Genesis 2:2

Wait!  If you don’t believe in God, don’t run off.   This is about resting, not about faith.  If God rested (which we all know He didn’t really need to do, except as an example), surely we mere humans can use a rest as well.  But do we get one?   (more…)

You say it’s your birthday
Well it’s my birthday too–yeah
You say it’s your birthday
We’re gonna have a good time
I’m glad it’s your birthday
Happy birthday to you.
–The Beatles

Friday was Bill’s birthday (and mine is coming up mid-month, making the song almost true), so we took time out of the day to have lunch together at Naf Naf,, a Mediterranean restaurant with the perfect mix of delicious food and fast service. Even with many people getting take-out, it can be difficult to find a table, but we managed. (more…)

We discovered Grandpa’s Cider Mill ( on our way to The Chocolate Garden, in near Colomo, Michigan, where our older daughter wanted to stop to get a gift.  (more…)

I picked up Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s cookcook, Appetite For Reduction, from the library recently and decided to make the lasagna with roasted cauliflower ricotta and spinach.  I’ve been looking for a good vegan lasagna, but what I got was simply a delicious lasagne that happened to be vegan.  Because I didn’t check my ingredients carefully, I didn’t have olives so I couldn’t make it last night, but I made the cauliflower ricotta yesterday and just heated it up before assembling the lasagna tonight.  Give it a try, even if you’re a meat-eater.  It’s tasty in its own right and has a mere 300 calories (only 60 from fat), 8 g. of fiber and 16 g. of protein, plus 35% of vitamin A, 150% of vitamin C, 25% of calcium and 30% of iron, (based on 6 servings/batch.)  Next time I would consider making a double batch, which I don’t think would take that much longer and would give me more leftovers.  I’m going to freeze part of this batch and see how that works.  (more…)

If you’re gluten-intolerant, have celiac disease or are vegan or vegetarian, the holidays can be particularly difficult, especially if you’re the only one in your family or group in that category.  This year we’re spending Thanksgiving with friends, one of whom is gluten-intolerant.  Since our usual entree is homemade ravioli (here’s the recipe but the pictures have mysteriously disappeared… walnut sauce) with walnut sauce (also picture-less…, that won’t fly, unless I make gluten-free pasta, which I may do.  So when I saw the Seasonal Fall Flavors cooking class being offered at Mustard Seed Market and Cafe in Solon, Ohio, (, I signed up right away, figuring I might find some great-tasting recipes with which to impress everyone. (more…)

…make soup.