Public domain photo by JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) — Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5,

Easy, cheesy, tomatoey pasta? Yes please! Try this social media inspired, easy pasta dish and before you can say “TikTok” the serving bowl is empty!

Before I go any further I have an admission. I don’t have TikTok and probably never will. I’m in my 50s and it just seemed that if I did, it would be weird. I actually didn’t even know that anyone was cooking on TikTok. I first saw this recipe on Instagram, then suddenly I saw a lot of recipes on Instagram for this same exact recipe. …


Karolina Grabowska photographer credit.

Chances are that you have never heard of Corn Relish. Corn relish is a traditional Southern condiment including the use of cooked corn kernels and is spiced with red and green bell peppers, mustard seed, and equal parts sugar and cider vinegar. There are various types of recipes for Corn Relish and may vary from region to region. I saw one recipe with flour put in it as a thickening agent. I am not doing that here as for me that would be ruining it.

Often Corn Relish is used at the table as a garnish or side dish to…


By Greenapps23 — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89979639
By Greenapps23 — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=89979639
Public Domain by Greenapps23 — Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Be it potluck or impromptu dinner, this easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole will get dinner done and your tummy happy!

When I was in a social group that met weekly, we had regular potlucks that we were all expected to bring main dishes to share. One of the participants always brought his signature Chicken Enchilada Casserole. I was always happy to help eat the casserole. It was hot, cheesy and full of chicken. It became a favorite of mine.

I tried to replicate this casserole over time. It was good but not the same. I poured over various versions of this…


A staple of most delis to grab on your way out, the Black-and-White cookie is a classic that you can bring to your repertoire.

Public domain photo by Punkitra at English Wikipedia — Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Studmult using CommonsHelper., Public Domain.

“You see, Elaine, the key to eating a black and white cookie is that you wanna get some black and some white in each bite. Nothing mixes better than vanilla and chocolate. And yet still somehow racial harmony eludes us. If people would only look to the cookie, all our problems would be solved.” Jerry — Jerry Seinfeld -TV show.

Whenever I would go to the City Deli back in San Diego in the 80’s I…


By jules — originally posted to Flickr as hot cross buns — fig & pecan, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10391073
By jules — originally posted to Flickr as hot cross buns — fig & pecan, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10391073
By jules — originally posted to Flickr as hot cross buns — fig & pecan, CC BY 2.0,

Traditionally eaten on Good Friday the world over, Hot Cross Buns are a treat that are not to be missed! Try them tomorrow - they are easy to prepare and a nice change from pancakes or cinnamon rolls.

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Hot Cross Buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns! If you have no daughters, give them to your sons. One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns! (traditional rhyme)

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A Hot Cross Bun is a spiced, sweet bun typically made with dried or candied fruit and marked with a cross on the top. These buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, and the serving of these buns marks the end of the austerity of the observation of Lent.

The traditional method for making the cross on top of the…


By Ralf Roletschek — Own work, de:User:Ralf Roletschek Fahrradmonteur.de, GFDL 1.2,

Real Hungarian goulash, with beef, red peppers, and mushrooms, served on wide noodles. Sounds complicated? In an oven bag, it’s ready in one hour!

My family has long-cooked a dish that is my wife’s specialty. I’ve never much-used oven bags for anything but turkey, however, my wife turned me on to a recipe that was so simple I had to try it in various ways.

Oven Bag Beef Goulash with Peppers and Mushrooms.

The Ingredients

3 lbs. beef roast cut into cubes, or 3 lbs. cubed beef or beef tips

2 -14 oz. cans tomatoes, diced

1 package envelope onion soup mix

1/4 cup flour

Salt and pepper, to taste…


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By No machine-readable author provided. Jrenier assumed (based on copyright claims). — No machine-readable source provided. Own work assumed (based on copyright claims)., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=459509
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If a potato pancake and a waffle had a baby, this would be the result. Once you make some, you won’t be able to stop eating them.

I came across the idea of potato waffles by accident. I was listening to a podcast with an Irish actress who mentioned them. I was intrigued. Looking online I decided to try a few of the recipes I saw. The results were very nice.

Popular in Ireland and the British Isles as a frozen food product, they have not yet taken off in this country. …


By Bing Ramos from Quezon City, Philippines — "Spam Meal", CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2213697
By Bing Ramos from Quezon City, Philippines — "Spam Meal", CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2213697
Public Domain by Bing Ramos from Quezon City, Philippines — "Spam Meal", CC BY 2.0,

Sinangág is a common part of a traditional Filipino breakfast which you could make for yourself for breakfast, or lunch, and dinner.

My grandmother typically made Sinangag for the family regularly when I was a kid. She called it “fried rice” but it didn’t seem like the world famous dish “fried rice” that we ate when we got Chinese food. She would often pair it with anything from fish to ham to meatloaf. We all loved her “fried rice,” so no one complained.

Interestingly it was my grandfather who had taught her how to make this dish, as he was…


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Savory sweet, Chicken Adobo is a wonderful addition to your cooking repertoire. Try it tonight for dinner, your family will thank you!

It’s just starting. I think it’s going to take another year and a half to get up to critical mass, but everybody loves Chinese food, Thai food, Japanese food, and it’s all been exploited. The Filipinos combined the best of all of that with Spanish technique. The Spanish were a colonial power there for 500 years, and they left behind adobo and cooking in vinegar — techniques that, applied to those tropical Asian ingredients, are miraculous.” …


By Melissa Askew teamaskew — https://unsplash.com/photos/1fBUD5DcmysImageGallery, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62290316
By Melissa Askew teamaskew — https://unsplash.com/photos/1fBUD5DcmysImageGallery, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62290316
Photo by Melissa Askew teamaskew — Public Domain

Circling by Dean Jones

“We are circling

Circling together

We are singing

singing our heart song

This is family, this is unity

This is celebration, this is sacred” (Buffy Sainte-Marie — We Are Circling)

Within the last year Coronavirus (or COVID-19 as it is more commonly called) hit everywhere and like many people I was caught like a deer in the headlights of an SUV barreling down a country freeway. As my family and I struggled to grasp how we could deal with this ever-increasing danger in our lives, we also watched society politicize the virus and make it a…

TheWellSeasonedLibrarian

Dean Jones is a Librarian, Cookbook Reviewer, and writer. Dean lives in the SF Bay Area with his lovely wife and their six kids. wellseasonedlibrarian@gmail.com

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