Corn Cakes

by July 22, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 3/4 Cup Flour 1/4 Cup Maseca 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Sugar 1 oz Melted Butter 1 can Corn 2 Eggs 1/2 Cup Buttermilk STEP BY STEP Combine all Dry ingredients in a bowl except for corn. In Read more »

Sicilian Bread Soup

by July 18, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS Abot 4 C Left-over pieces of rustic bread.  Basic white sponge bread will be a disaster if you try to use it. 6 cloves whole garlic To taste: red pepper, salt, pepper 2 TBL EVOO 1/2 C carrot 1 C onion 1/2 C celery 1 can peeled tomatoes Read more »

Pickled Beets

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INGREDIENTS Fresh beets right out of the garden LEAVE GREENS ON THE BEAT Big pot of boiling water Ample Cider Vinegar Ample Sugar STEP BY STEP Bring water to vigorous boil DO NOT CUT GREENS FROM THE BEAT… YET Put beets into boiling water for 10 minutes Read more »

Candied Citrus

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INGREDIENTS Citrus with little to no blemishes on the skin 1 C Water 1 C crushed ice with water 1-1/2 C sugar STEP BY STEP Heat 1 C water plus all of the sugar Stir until sugar is dissolved Remove from heat and stir in ice mixture Read more »

Tuna Tips

by July 17, 2016 » Add the first comment.

A sashimi knife called a yanagi-bocho or yanagi knife is sharpened only on one side.  This allows you to slice the sashimi with minimal bruising or mashing. Tosha Soy is generall used for sashimi dipping.  You can make an acceptable substitute using soy + sake + mirin + bonito Read more »

Grinding your own Grits

by July 16, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Credits and Disclaimers The following procedure has been lifted entirely from This is an incredible site for practical real-world skills, rules and tools for self-sufficiency. Please use the above link to visit their site for many more things that you never even realized you needed to know how Read more »


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Grits are nothing more than ground kernels of corn. The grain mill is the most expensive and most important piece of equipment when grinding your own grits.  Here are two alternatives: – Palmetto Farms Stone Ground Grits – Anson Mills Pencil Cobb Grits INGREDIENTS 2 C Read more »

Pecan pie notes

by July 13, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Pecans Karo syrup Eggs sugar Burbon White, brown Molasses Corn syrup On azfamily Crust Ready made Cold Butter, water, flour

Jesco Lifetime Guarantee

by July 9, 2016 » Add the first comment.

We were preparing for a party, when I found a note that I had written to myself over a year ago.  It stated that I had sent in a knife for replacement, but I realized that the knife had never arrived.  I thought perhaps I had not mailed it in, Read more »

Our Garden – July 2016

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This has changed a bit, so I will make notes here.  Starting from the COLOR pot to the left and working my way around. I didn’t put any peppers in the pot with the color spots in them. The Basil has been replaced with Hatch Chilies Nothing Read more »

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

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INGREDIENTS 12-20 Fresh Brussels Sprouts – halved 1 TBL EVOO 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Garlic 1 tsp Ginger 1 tsp Siracha 1 TBL Soy 1 tsp Red chili flakes 1/4 C Water 1/4 C Sugar STEP BY STEP Toss sprouts with EVOO and salt Bake sprouts Read more »

Dietary Water

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In these dog days of summer here in Phoenix, where the temperature frequently peeks over the high side of 120º it is important to stay hydrated.  Dietary Water is more beneficial than just drinking tap water, as it gives your body nutrients that tap water does not offer.  Here are Read more »

Gazpacho Andalucia

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INGREDIENTS 3 large tomatoes – rough chopped 8 cloves of garlic 1 jalapeño pepper (deseeded) 1 onion – rough chopped 1 red bell pepper – rough chopped 2 cucumbers – rough chopped 1 day old rustic loaf of bread ( not sponge bread ) STEP BY STEP Read more »

Grilled Pizza Salad

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First, let me say “This is not a pizza.  It is a salad.”  That being said, much about this recipe brings to mind a pizza. First ( hmmm… actually second ) obtain your pizza dough.  Either buy ready-made pizza dough, or make it yourself.  It’s not too hard.  Look at Read more »

Asian Dumplings

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These are not the dumplings that are most commonly served in tomato soup here in the US.  These are kind of like miniature sealed burritos or calzones… although that comparison is made VERY loosely.  They are commonly called Pot Stickers. There are too many dumplings to list here, so I Read more »

July 4 – Corn Dog Bites

by July 8, 2016 » Add the first comment.

INGREDIENTS 4 Hot Dogs 1/2 C corn meal 1/4 C flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp corn starch  1 tsp 1 tsp sugar 1 egg 1/2 C buttermilk 1 tsp EVOO STEP BY STEP Mix all above together Put hot dogs on sticks Dip in Read more »

July 4 – Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

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INGREDIENTS Thin bacon (halved) Hot Dogs Toothpicks STEP BY STEP Cut bacon in half Trim ends off hot dogs Cut hot dog pieces not quite as wide as your bacon strips Sprinkle brown sugar on the inside of the bacon strip Wrap bacon around hot dog and Read more »

Grandpa’s Garden Tips

by July 4, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Store your seed packets in a photo album for easy review and retrieval. Bake crushed egg shells at 350º for 20 minute to kill bacteria, then spread across your soil to slice the underbelly of snails. For those that you like, put a canning jar lid full of beer.  Read more »

Shogayaki – Japanese Ginger Pork

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INGREDIENTS 1 inch piece of grated ginger 1 onion – sliced thin Sesame seed oil 1 lb pork loin Marinate – 1 TBL soy sauce – 1 TBL sugar – 1 TBL sake – 1 TBL mirin – 1/2 tsp pepper and salt STEP BY STEP About Read more »

Berry Pudding

by July 3, 2016 » Add the first comment.

Based on a recipe from America’s Test Kitchen INGREDIENTS 1 package Hawaiian Sweet Bread or Lady Fingers 3/4 C sugar 1/2 C apricot preserves or orange marmalade Amounts listed ± of any four desired fruits to total 30-35 ounces 10 oz Strawberries 8 oz Blueberries 4 oz Blackberries Read more »