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8/21/2018: Added this recipe for Pita Bread, that I plan to try soon. The Cherry Tomatoes are ripening, Marsha likes a sandwich with halved tomatoes and shredded chedder cheese in a pocked, microwaved to melt the cheese.

2/20/2018: Added this recipe for Mom's Swiss Steak.

2/17/2018: Added this recipe for Steamed Deviled Eggs.

2/17/2018: Added this recipe for Baked Grouper.

2/1/18: Added this recipe for Spanish Rice.

11/27/17: Update to the Cornbread Muffin recipe. Turns out they don't freeze for a long time - kind of crumbled. Added to that we've moved into Hanna for the winter, and the freezer is full. So I parceled out the proportions for 2 muffins (they went well with the home made turkey soup, made with Thanksgiving left overs.

6/14/2017: Added this recipe for Crab Dip.

1/8/2017: Added this recipe for Crockpot ham bone and navy bean soup.

11/20/2016: Added this recipe for Cornbread Muffins. When fresh corn is available in the farmers markets, Marsha makes
a big batch of corn simmered with salt pork, then freezes it in serving size containers. We used this as the corn.
They came out great. The muffins kept well in the freezer.

3/5/2016: Added this recipe for Mushroom Soup.

2/15/2016: I bought a bag of Arborio rice to have a grain size that would not fit through the holes of our salt shaker. I plan to try this recipe for Mushroom Risotto. I can make it with what I have on hand if I just use white mushrooms, and substitute green onions for the shallots and chives. I also plan to make the Korean Roast Chicken Thighs recipe I added last March (haven't tried it yet), to go with the Risotto. I already have a plan for tomorrow night (was tonight's plan but we didn't eat lunch until after 5:00 PM today - a trend that may have something to do with the fact we are in the Eastern time zone, but work for companies in the Pacific time zone - or - the fact we stay up late watching TV and have a comfortable bed - or - both facts. So, Wednesday or Thursday...

I also plan to try (half) this real soon, possibly with scalloped potatoes:

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
2 pound Pork Tenderloin
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
1 TBS Yellow Mustard
2-3 TBS maple syrup
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS Diced dried onions
1 1/2 TSP Garlic Salt or Powder
Mix ingredients above. Pour over Tenderloin in the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours.

2/8/2016: Added this recipe for Mojitos.

6/7/2015: Added this recipe for Chicken Curry.

5/18/2015: Added this recipe for Ciabatta Bread.

3/12/2015: Added this recipe, a dry rub for smoking baby back ribs. I also added a new section for indoor stove top smoker. We've tried it once with chicken thighs and hickory chips and were pretty amazed. We're trying this rib recipe tonight with apple wood chips.

3/3/2015: Added this Korean Roast Chicken Thighs recipe.

3/2/2015: Added this Easy pork and green bean stir-fry recipe.

1/11/15: Added this recipe for Shrimp with Snow Peas.

9/7/2014: Added this recipe for Egg Salad Sandwiches.

7/25/2014: Updated this recipe for a pork and green beans stir fry.

4/27/2014: Added this recipe for Beef Shish Kabobs.

4/3/2014: Added this recipe for Convection Oven Baked Barbecued Chicken.

3/4/2014: Added this recipe for Spicy Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry, And this recipe for Fillet Mignon pan seared then baked.

9/9/2013: Added this recipe for Crockpot Lamb Shank.

7/27/2013: Added this recipe for Bread Machine Bagels.

6/19/2013: Added this recipe for Crock Pot Roast Beef.

6/17/2013: Updated this easy lamb or chicken curry recipe. We made it with boneless, skinless chicken recipe. We'll be doing it again soon...

6/10/2013: This is a link to a YouTube video about a Morel Mushroom Pasta Sauce Recipe we tried and loved. We purchased the mushrooms, 1/2 pound for $30, at the Morel Mushroom Festival in Boyne City. We saved a few and added them to the Tempura meal we prepared when David and Marcy Albert arrived on the way home from their tour of the South in their RV. David mentioned hearing them go for as much as $120 a pound. They were great with the Tempura as well.

6/6/2013: Added this recipe for bread machine French Baguettes.

4/3/2013: Added this recipe for Shrimp baked with butter, lemon, and Old Bay Seasoning.

3/8/2013: Added this recipe for Garlic Rosemary Pork Cube Steak.

1/1/2013: Happy New Year! Added this recipe for turkey soup, made it twice - with turkey caresses from Thanksgiving and Christmas.

12/18/2012: Added this recipe for Colonial Corn Pudding from my sister Shelley, she comments, "I love this stuff!"

10/4/2012: Updated this recipe for Easy Lamb or Chicken Curry.

9/24/2012: Added this recipe for Calico Beans. From Carol VanIwaarden via Cindy Fry who made them for us twice, they are yummy.

9/22/2012: Added this recipe for Susan's Killer Egg Nog. Haven't tried this yet, but the season is approaching.

9/21/2012: Added this recipe for Peanut Butter Puff cookies, and this recipe for Chocolate Syrup Brownies, and this recipe for Steak Diane (it was in my Mother's handwriting from 1981).

9/20/12: Added this recipe for Soft Sandwich Rolls. (Bread Machine dough). This one is a keeper.

2/15/2012: Added this recipe for Mario's Chile.

1/10/2012: Added this recipe for Frijoles Borrachos ("Drunken Beans"). We made this in the crock pot, then tried stirring in some of the left over Fire-roasted Tomatillo Salsa. It was amazingly good. The raw onion in the Salsa reminded me of a chile topping.

1/6/2012: Added the recipe for Pico De Gallo Salsa.

1/3/2012: Added this recipe for Fire-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa.

1/1/12: Added this recipe for macaroni tuna salad.

9/18/2011: Added this recipe for Apple Crisp. We have 2 trees that are producing this year, this recipe is now well tested and delicious with French Vanilla ice cream.

9/13/2011: Added this new page containing Ron Lathrop's cookbook, Ronscook.

7/9/2011: We made the ham and bean soup recipe I added 4/29/10 again, I updated the recipe with a few notes. This is a wonderful thing for emptying out / using up stuff in the fridge / freezer. We had small bowls as an appetizer when it was done, then froze the rest that will be 4 lunches.

4/12/2011: We've been watching some health, nutrition, and cooking shows and DVDs. We had a couple of fillet in the freezer. I've always cooked these steaks on the grill, with varied results at succeeding bringing them in perfectly medium rare. We'd seen a show where they cooked the steaks inside with a frying pan seer, then in the oven. With a bit of internet research, I came up with this recipe for Fillet Mignon with sautéed Mushrooms. It turned out beautifully. We're now excited about exploring sauce variations. Also, added this recipe for a pork stir fry we want to try when we get back to Breezy.

3/15/2011: Added this recipe. Michelle's Coconut Chicken Curry, with mods by Steve. Added this recipe for New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas.

11/27/2010: Added this recipe for Rack of Lamb. We had always cooked it on the grill. This was baked. I cooked it for the 7 minutes at 400, then the full 15 minutes at 300. It turned out a beautiful medium rare. Served with mint sauce, boiled white potatoes with dill and butter, and a salad. Yummy...

4/29/2010: Added this Ham and Bean Soup recipe. I plan to try this soon, we're not getting enough beans in our diet.

4/28/2010: Added this easier Lamb Curry recipe.

3/22/2010: Added this quick, easy, and extremely good recipe for Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce.

2/18/2010: Added this scrumptious Potato Leak soup recipe, which on day 2 became a delicious clam chowder.

2/5/2010: I updated my dungeness crab recipe to reflect how we've been preparing them this season.

8/26/2009: Added this recipe for vegetable soup.

8/5/2009: Added this recipe for Pizza Dough and Sauce.

5/18/2009: Added this recipe for Espiritu Carbonara, pasta with cream sauce.

5/5/2009: Added this recipe for Exquisitos, Mexican Hot Dogs.

4/10/2009: Added this recipe for Chicken Curry. If you have Indian spices on hand, this is a fun one to prepare, and we enjoyed the heck out of it.

11/25/2008: Added this crab recipe.

11/11/2008: This one is so simple, it hardly rates a write up, but the outcome was so tasty. I needed some food for breakfast last Saturday before going out to race. Marsha wasn't hungry so it was just me. We had some leftover flour tortillas so I thought I'd try making a breakfast burrito. I started by scrambling two eggs in butter, and added some red onion, shredded cheese, and a bit of half and half. I scraped the eggs onto a tortilla in a paper plate, then fried 3 strips of bacon in the same pan. I broke up the bacon onto the eggs, then rolled the tortilla, then placed it fold side down in the hot bacon grease. I fried it this way until lightly browned, then did the same to the other side. Wow!

9/20/2008: Added the 5 cheese ravioli recipe that was buried in storage.

8/6/2008: Turns out, the Red Salsa is a pretty good hangover cure. We joined Rick and Pam from Hotel California, and Pam's sister Sherry to go see Eric Stone at the Balina Bay Yacht Club last Saturday night. There were some pretty good margarita's available, well anyway. I tried the recipe Sunday morning. After about 3 chips full of the Salsa and 2 minutes, we were all bright eyed and bushy tailed :-)

7/30/2008: Added this recipe for Red Salsa. I put the blender in the "move to Breezy" unit, but we had second thoughts so I brought it back to Spirit. Good thing, I found this recipe while cleaning up the nav station after decommissioning the old P3 laptop that had run out of steam. It was the secret recipe promised by a seller on ebay selling dried Chiles de Arbol. Jim Hegland of Laughing Buddha sent me a link to the item as a possible Mario's sauce. I think I'll pick up some Tomatillo
at the farmers market on Friday and try it this weekend. I'll let you know.

7/15/2008: I left out the squeeze a 1/2 lemon over the sautéing shrimp in the Sautéed Prawns recipe. We tried it with the Jalapeño, forgetting the lemon - it was also very good. Next, I'll try it with both the lemon and jalapeño. That made me think of a good title if this collection of recipes should ever turn into a cook book - "Jalapeño (Optional)".

7/8/2008: Added Sautéed Prawns and Chili Dogs with Mild Home made Chili. The meal with the prawns was quick and easy to prepare, very delicious. With the chili dogs, I was trying for a Detroit inspired hamburger loose special.

3/13/2008: Added this easy Pork and Green Bean Stir Fry recipe. Recovering from a cold, I wanted something easy. Though I used fresh ingredients, this recipe gives you options to make it even easier. Next time, I think I'll try it with the frozen green beans, ginger powder (or better, paste), and garlic salt just to see how easy it can be:-)

2/29/2008: I'm now adding the details of new additions to this recipes page here, and will likely add a terse reference to the update on the main page. Today's updates, I simplified and improved the Shrimp with Snow Peas recipe, added my new Coconut Milk Curry Stew recipe, added Catie's Stove top Rice recipe, and one we've enjoyed many times now, Salmon with Raspberry Chipotle Glaze.

12/14/07: This new Recipes page will always be under construction. I'm creating it as my online cookbook so I can print a page I want to cook from a handy location. A common theme here will likely be things I make in the galley on Spirit for 2 people, mostly dinners. The dinner recipes are grouped by how they are cooked, then kind of alphabetically.



Pita Bread

Baked Grouper

Crab Dip

Cornbread Muffins

Ciabatta Bread

Korean Roast Chicken Thighs

Convection Oven Baked Barbecued Chicken

Bread Machine Bagels

French Baguettes

Colonial Corn Pudding

Calico Beans

Green Onion Sesame Parchment Baked Fish

Classic Rack of Lamb

Fillet Mignon

Fillet Mignon with sautéed Mushrooms

Rosemary Garlic Chicken Thighs

Pizza Dough and Sauce

Shrimp baked with butter, lemon, and Old Bay Seasoning

Crock pot

Crockpot ham bone and navy bean soup

Bolognese Sauce

Frijoles Borrachos ("Drunken Beans")

Crockpot Lamb Shank

Mario's Chile

Pork Spareribs with Sauerkraut and Caraway Seeds

Crock Pot Roast Beef


Apple Crisp


Barbecued Baby Back Ribs

Beef Shish Kabobs

Salmon with Raspberry Chipotle Glaze

Stove Top

Swiss Steak

Steamed Deviled Eggs

Spanish Rice

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Garlic Rosemary Pork Cube Steak

Mushroom Soup

Turkey Soup

Beef Stroganoff

New Year's Day Black-Eyed Peas

Catie's Stove top Rice

Chicken Curry

Michelle's Coconut Chicken Curry, with mods by Steve

Chili Dogs with Homemade Chili

Clams Linguine

Coconut Milk Curry Stew

Dungeness Crab

Espiritu Carbonara

Exquisitos Mexican Hot Dogs

Halibut with Fruit and Nuts

Ham and Bean Soup

Lamb Curry

Lamb Curry, easier

Maggi's Noodles

Macaroni Tuna Salad

Morel Mushroom Pasta Sauce

Pork and Clams (Ameijoas and Cataplana) with Red Bell Pepper

Pork Chops with Red Onion and Fennel

Pork Medallions with Mushroom-Dill Sauce

Potato Leak Soup, then it became Clam Chowder

Ravioli with 5 Cheeses (homemade)

Spaghetti Sauce, from a jar, then enhanced

Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce

Vegetable Soup


Chicken Curry

Easy pork and green bean stir-fry

Shrimp with Snow Peas (without water chestnuts)

Ginger Beef with Broccoli

Pork Stir Fry (with frozen stir fry vegetables)

Pork and Green Bean Stir Fry

Sautéed Prawns

Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry

Shrimp with Snow Peas

Thai Scallops with Asparagus

Indoor Stove top Smoker

dry rub for smoking baby back ribs



5 Cheese Ravioli


Breakfast Burrito

Ham and Asparagus Frittata

Deep Fried in Rice Bran Oil

Buffalo Wings

Fish, J.O, Fish and Shrimp Batter

French Fries


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Easy Meals

Slice of Cook's Ham, Stouffer' Macaroni and Cheese, and Asparagus

Sausage, Egg Noodles with Butter, Canned Italian Stewed Tomatoes

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Susan's Killer Egg Nog

Mom's Steak Diane (move to stove top once we've tried this)

Chocolate Syrup Brownies

Peanut Butter Puffs

Soft Sandwich Buns (Bread Machine)

Pico De Gallo Salsa

Fire-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Mario's Sauce

Laughing Buddha's Smokin-On-The-Hard Mario's Sauce

Red Salsa

Rib Bits

Romanian Flat bread - Langos


The Great Substitution Guide

How To Make A Simple Curry "Anything"

Cheese Wine Pairing - General Guidelines

Cooking Times


Let's Eat with Jim and Nancy

Ron Lathrop's Cookbook





Food storage, refrigerator and freezer, chart