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PAD THAI March 10, 2018

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A school teacher friend of mine spent last summer living and teaching in Thailand. While there, she took a cooking class. This inspired a dinner party, in which everything was delicious. This was my contribution.


  • 1/2 pack rice noodles, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ carrot, diced
  • 2 shoots green onions,diced
  • ¼ block tofu, drained and cut into small cubes
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon fresh ginger root, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon Hoisin sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup peanuts, chopped
  • Cilantro, to taste


Heat oil in frying pan. Heat oil, saute tofu until browned, about 10 minutes, add carrot, green onion and ginger. Sautee about 4-5 more minutes. In the meantime, mix  the last six ingredients in large bowl. Add noodles and tofu mix, stir well. Top with peanuts and cilantro.



Lemon-Lime Bars January 21, 2018

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lemon bars

Do you ever just get in the mood for a certain food-just out of the blue? Well, that’s how this recipe came about. Maybe because it’s January and I need something bright tasting. I’ve been experimenting with this, and I am happy with the results.







1 cube butter

¾ cup flour

¼ cup oats

¼ cup confectioners’ sugar




1 egg

2 Tablespoons flour

¾ cup organic sugar

3 Tablespoon lemon and lime juice, freshly squeezed (I juice one of each.)

¼ to ½ cup pistachios, chopped, optional, for topping



Soften butter. Mix all crust ingredients and put in baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350.

Meanwhile, add all but the nuts in a bowl and mix well. When crust is done, pour in the filling and return to oven for another 20 minutes, or until set. Add pistachios, if desired. Let cool.





Roasted Green Tomato Marinara Sauce November 29, 2017

20171117_171654I had a very abundant garden this year. I’m pretty sure that my co-workers were starting to hide from me when I came in with yet another armload of fresh veggies, I had a surplus of green tomatoes at the end of this growing season, and since I have an abhorrence of wasting food, I was trying to think of something to do with all of them. A friend suggested this. I think it turned out very well. It also freezes great. I served this over a spaghetti squash, and with salad, a veggie patty and French bread.




Green tomatoes




Thyme, oregano, rosemary, to taste

Olive or Avocado Oil


I didn’t give measurements because none are needed. Just use whatever amount you wish, although tomatoes should make up most of it. Dice all the veggie, then roast with the spices in oil at 350 for about 15-20 minutes, until veggies are tender. Put though food processor. Reheat and serve over pasta or spaghetti squash.



Stuffed Pepper with Cashew Sauce November 26, 2017


I have a problem. I love veggies. So, I get carried away and buy way too many. Then I have to think of ways to use them while they are still good. This leads to a very full freezer. But it does make work lunches easy. Just choose, grab and go! This recipe was inspired by bell peppers being on sale and me buying too many. As are most of my recipes, it’s quick and easy.




2 Bell Peppers, either green or red

2 cups Barley, cooked

2 cups Veggies, diced and sautéed in olive oil and seasoned with your choice of spices. In addition to salt and pepper, I like to use oregano, thyme, rosemary and cayenne.



2 cups Cashews

1 cup Water

2 teaspoons Nutritional Yeast

1 teaspoon Miso

1 teaspoon Salt

1 Tablespoon Vinegar




Cut peppers in half, and scoop out seeds. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until about half done.

While the peppers are baking, blend the cashew sauce ingredients together. If you don’t have a Vitamix, soak the cashews a few hours

Mix the barley and veggies together and stir. Bake another 15 minutes. Top the peppers with the cashew sauce and bake another 10 minutes. Remove, and plate.



Fried Green Tomatoes October 20, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 7:20 pm
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Even though I grew up in the South, I never had these as a child. I didn’t have them until I started gardening and had a lot green tomatoes that I needed to think of a way to use. Thus, this recipe was born. I like them so much that I’ve fixed them several times this year. This is quite fast and easy to prepare.


1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup corn meal

salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne, to taste.

2 green tomatoes, thinly sliced.

1/4 cup almond milk.

Olive oil


Heat the oil in a frying pan. Mix the first three ingredients with a fork. Dip the tomato slices in the milk, then in the flour mix. Place in hot pan, saute until crisp, then flip and saute the other side, This just takes a few moments for each side.

Plate and serve. I served this with a sliced lemon cucumber from my garden.



Angel Hair Pasta with Tomatoes and Basil September 16, 2017

Filed under: Cooking,guides,Homes — misscilicia @ 10:31 pm
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Pasta wth veggies

This has been my favorite meal this summer. I’ve made it a couple times a week. It’s unusual for me to make the same meal so often but it’s so good that I can’t get enough of it. It’s quick, easy and oh so tasty. I made this again last night and added some sautéed yellow squash. I like to slice a lemon cucumber from my garden for my salad. French bread would be good too. This makes good leftovers, if there are any. It’s good cold, too.

I grew the tomatoes and the basil for this dish. Wish I could grow pasta—just can’t find the seeds.  😊




2 servings of angel hair pasta or pasta of your choice, cooked

1-3 cloves garlic, diced

¼ red onion, chopped

1 tomato, chopped

Basil, to taste, diced. I use about ¼ to ½ cup because I really love basil!


Sauté the onion, then after a couple minutes, add garlic. Once it starts to brown, add the tomatoes and cook for 4-5 minutes, then toss in the basil and cook a few moments more.

Plate the pasta, top with the veggies. I like to sprinkle the pasta with nutritional yeast and a bit of good olive oil and stir in before I add the veggies.  






Roasted Zucchini/Yellow Squash July 31, 2017

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This is my mom’s favorite zucchini recipe that she makes every summer. I have, being me, updated it. Either version is delicious. 

 My mom’s version:

Quarter the zucchini. Top with grated Parmesan. Roast in toaster over till done, about 20-30 minutes.

My Version:

Quarter the yellow squash. (The squash was ripe sooner that my zucchini–both are really good in this recipe.) Pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into baking dish. Add salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, fresh diced garlic, and cayenne. Add the squash and coat with the olive oil mix for 10-15 minutes. Roast in toaster oven for about 15 -20 minutes. Remove and add grated Parmesan cheese. (There are some good vegan parmesan cheeses these day, if you are so inclined.)  Return to toaster oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is all gooey and melted. Remove. I like to serve this over brown rice sprinkled with plenty of nutritional yeast.