Pasta and Veggies


Take advantage of  end of the summer/fall vegetables and pair with a pasta noddle such as penne or rigatoni.  Add some protein such as sausage and you have a full meal.  Leave out the sausage and you have a vegetarian meal.


1 cup cooked Penne pasta – cook according to package

Vegetables – such as broccoli, carrots, sliced or grated, snap peas

Garlic powder and Cumin

Canola oil

Pepper flakes or chipotle adobe pepper


  1. Cook Penne pasta according to package directions.
  2. Using a wok or skillet, heat  until drops of water sizzle in pan.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons of oil. Add chopped

    vegetables – broccoli, carrots, snap peas are a good combination. Stir until crisp tender/bright.

  4. Sprinkle garlic powder, cumin, pepper flakes onto vegetables.
  5. Mix together.
  6. Mix pasta and vegetables together.  Enjoy.

Mexican Eggs

A quick and easy Sunday morning breakfast with a lot of possibilities.


Poached eggs



Green Chilies

Black Olives

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Sour Cream


  1.  Poach eggs.  I poach one or two eggs per person.  Cook for ten minutesfile-oct-23-9-09-37-am.
  2.  Use two tostados shells per person.  Once eggs are cooked, drain and place on top of tostados shells.

3.Place black olives and green chilies on top of eggs.

file-oct-23-9-17-56-am4.  Top with cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream.

5.    The great thing about this breakfast is that you can add your favorite topping and the ‘heat’ you like.



Wok Wednesday – Sweet and Sour Cabbage & Shanghai-Style Shrimp

file-oct-30-7-11-08-pmWok Wednesdays is a group of followers who love to stir fry and are cooking through Grace Young’s The Breath of the Wok.  The November recipes are Jean Yueh’s Shanghai-Style Shrimp and Sweet and Sour Cabbage.  We are asked to refrain from sharing the recipe online but you can find it in The Breath of the Wok pg. 106 and 146 respectively.  The favors are wonderful.

Shaghai-Style Shrimp ingredients include:


soy sauce

rice wine vinegar

ginger, scallions


sugar and sesame oil

Sweet and Sour Cabbage ingredients include:

sherry, soy sauce

balsamic vinegar


Napa cabbage

carrots and scallions.


About Me

I am a librarian by day and cook whenever I can.  I learned to cook at my mom’s side though she was not an adventurous cook.  I enjoy experimenting with flavors and fresh food items.  The idea for the blog came about when my college age son moved from the dorm into an apartment.  He was much more interested in cooking so I took the opportunity to teach him.  This blog is for the new cook and the experienced cook who wishes to learn some new recipes.