Baked Halibut Bites


Sounds better than "fish sticks," and tastes better too! This recipe is no substitute for "fish and chips," as billed by the original recipe that inspired it, but it is light, crispy, and tastes fresh - so that works for me! The dark horse of this dish was the "tartar sauce" which was in the print article, but did not make it to the online … [Read more...]

French Fries

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French fries are, easily, one of my top-ten favorite foods. It is possible that they would be one of my top-ten favorite things in the world, but I have not drafted such a list. With the skin on - even better. I ate the entire batch I just made, and am making myself hungry again thinking about it. As a general rule, however, I do not like eating … [Read more...]

Meat Sauce


If “quasi-goulash” were a thing, you would be reading a post about it now.  But it is not; I just made that up. So instead, you are reading a post about a dish that started as a cross between marinara and Bolognese sauce. Call it what you will – I call it “delicious” (well, I call it “meat sauce”), and cannot make it too frequently, or else it … [Read more...]

How to: Make Spaghetti Squash

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I will start this post by stating outright that I love my pasta, and I am not going to pretend that spaghetti squash is a flawless substitute for noodles. It is, however, healthier. I am no health expert, but I can perform a mean internet search of "spaghetti squash," which leads to all sorts of calorie and nutrition factoids. While there are … [Read more...]



I love apples and buy them regularly, but they are just never the first thing I grab when I want a snack. As a result, I often end up with a small army of them in my refrigerator. Just one of those things, I guess! But I found a delicious use for them, even when they are past the point where they are crisp. Although this recipe works best with … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili


It is so satisfying to me to make something hearty, healthy, and delicious from ingredients I always have on hand. This recipe can be made from items you can keep in your pantry, with just a few items from the produce department (and if you are like me, you usually have at least one onion and one sweet potato on hand anyway). The optional bit of … [Read more...]

How to: Roast Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers

While roasted peppers are easily found in stores and are great in a pinch, if you find fresh peppers at a decent price, it is more cost-effective and healthy to prepare them yourself. They will also taste fresher - and there is no substitute for that! Turn on the broiler in your oven and set a rack 4 to 5" below. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; … [Read more...]

Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Sala...

Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad ~ by My Utensil Crock

With my first bite of this dish, I had the distinct feeling that I had just found my way out of a side dish funk - a funk that I did not even know I had been in. Warm Sweet Potato, Kale, and Quinoa Salad   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 50 mins   Author: Ingredients 2 sweet … [Read more...]

How to: Peel and Seed a Tomato


As soon as I learned this technique, I immediately didn't know how I had ever used a raw tomato with seeds before. This technique requires a few minutes of prep time, but I find it is worth it for some dishes. All you need is a tomato, a serrated knife, and a small pot filled with water deep enough to cover the tomato. You should also have a bowl … [Read more...]

Red Pepper – Eggplant Dip

Red Pepper-Eggplant Dip by My Utensil Crock-7

Is there any better appetizer than a dish that is both healthy and full of flavor? This recipe is another Cooking Club Classic (Hostess: TK; Theme: Mediterranean Tapas; Date: 03.04.12).  I make it all the time - when I see red peppers next to eggplants in the produce section, I cannot help myself!  Add a tomato and you are most of the way there. … [Read more...]