Kentucky Potato Salad

Lesley and I just got back from a lovely vacation in Cave City, Kentucky. We stayed in a cabin in Jellystone Park, which was perfect for camping with three young kids. There was so much for them to do, and we were able to cook our own food, which saved us a ton. Feeding five mouths on vacation is not cheap. Before we left, we loosely put together a menu, and for the most part, it turned out great. The potato salad, which Pinterest told me was the best ever, was a bit of a flop though. After a long trip home and having been left with all of the food, I decided to try again. Lesley did make a great suggestion on the first try–Why not add relish? So I did, as well as some red onion that was left over. This second try was much better. (more…)

Leftover Rice Cakes

Sometimes you just make too much rice. I like rice. It’s tasty. You can make fun dishes out of it. But sometimes taking care of all of the leftovers is challenging. After some experimenting I found the cure to my leftover rice boredom. Leftover rice cakes!

I first tired these after making a cuban dish that was so delicious but really produced a lot of rice. It’s hard to eat the same thing over and over. It had to be spiced up. Here is the outline of creating a great leftover rice cake. The specifics are really up to you. What kind of spices and vegetables do you like?
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Lentil Burger with Mango Salsa

I’ve been doing a lot of crafts with the girls that involve lentils. Now, I have a kitchen full of unused lentils. Having never been a fan of lentil soup, this is problematic. What can I do with them? I decided to look up the nutritional facts for lentils. I was hoping that they wouldn’t actually be that good for you. Then I could let them sit in my cupboard guilt-free. Of course, it is quite the opposite. One cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams of protein and 36% of the daily value of iron. That is almost as much protein as a hamburger, with double the iron. Seemed simple to me. I needed to make them into burgers. I am now a reformed lentil disbeliever. It was yummy! Lentils, it turns out, really absorb the flavors and allow them to mix nicely. (more…)

Parmesan and Basil Orzo


This is a household favorite. It calls for very few ingredients and is adaptable for picky eaters. Cooking with orzo is really fun and the flavors in this dish are fantastic. I sometimes add ground turkey to make it a meal. Easy. What’s better than that? (more…)