Zucchini – The Mother of Invention (Recipe: Chocolate Zuke Cake from a Mix)


Zucchini is an amazing vegetable. It must be the most efficient vegetable on the planet! It grows so quickly. Overnight pencil size veggies bloom into submarine size zukes. And it you’ve got friends who grow zucchini, prepare yourself for some gifts. (Thanks, Suzanne!) I was very optimistic this morning that I would successfully transform all […]

Black Bean and Cheese Pie

Several readers commented on wanting to know about the Black Bean Pie I was making for my OAMC bash. It’s not anything too fancy. The South Beach/Zone people would probably tell me it’s high in carbs. Blah, blah, blah. I think there’s a fair amount of protein, and I don’t see how it’s terribly different […]

Black Bean Lasagna

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is winding up her frugal food series this week, featuring Breads, Potatoes, Pasta, and Rice. I thought I would share our Black Bean Lasagna recipe. These directions are made for freezing. If you’re going to eat it the day you prepare it, skip the steps between the asterisks. Black Bean LasagnaMakes 1 9×13-inch pan […]

OAMC: Chicken Day (Recipe: Curried Chicken Casserole)

Today is chicken day. I’m going to put together three kinds of chicken dishes for the freezer. And since Jenn@FrugalUpstate is hosting chicken recipes this week, it made sense to post one of today’s featured culinary creations. Check out her site for a wealth of frugal ideas, including a great roundup of budget recipes. This […]

Macaroon Crunch Pie

I first had this pie one summer visiting my cousins in South Dakota. It was served at a cousin’s baby shower. I don’t know how old her “baby” is but I’m guessing that I was fifteen or sixteen which makes my copy of the recipe about twenty years old. Ouch! Am I really that old? […]

Delicious Ranch Dressing

ranch dressing

Avoid processed, bottled dressings with this easy homemade ranch dressing. It’s delicious and made with all real food ingredients. Homemade Ranch Dressing is a mainstay at our house. We love this stuff, and it’s so easy to make and so much healthier than the store-bought variety. It’s great on salads or for dipping veggies or […]

Frugal Food: Taco Soup

Taco Soup |

Jenn@FrugalUpstate is continuing her Frugal Food series. This week’s feature is ground beef. The following is a FishBoy favorite. They absolutely love it! And even though it’s summer time and hot and humid and buggy and sticky, I keep getting requests for this meal. Go figure. I’ve tweaked this from the original to suit my […]

Yummy Raspberry Muffins

raspberry muffins

In case you’re inspired to bake muffins here is one of my all-time favorites. It’s from my stained and tattered (as all good cookbooks should be) copy of All the Best Muffins and Quick Breads by Joie Warner. I originally posted the recipe “straightup” before I realized that that wasn’t the appropriate way to share recipes. Here […]