"I like to clean out the fridge and cupboards by using all the random ingredients I have left to create a simple new dish that may not have been on my initial meal plan."
Jana, at HappyWifeHealthyLife.com
"I'm sick of recipes that taste the same every time you make them. My great-grandmother, who lived through two world wars, used to start every recipe with "Man tar va man har", ie "you take what you have at hand." "
spongefile, at halfhourmeals.com


Past Posts

Spinach Souffle

I was in the grocery store and I suddenly got a hankerin’ for some spinach souffle.  I went over to the frozen food section and saw that a 9-ounce box cost $2 on sale.  I thought, “I can make that.”   So I did.

This takes slightly more skill than most of the foods [...]

Oyster Can-Can

Yeah, maybe the name is just a little on the too-clever side.  Oh well.  It’s because it’s basically cans of stuff dumped together.   But it’s super-easy, it’s cheap, it’s delicious, and it’s healthy.  Oysters in a CAN, spinach and tomatoes in CANS, and you CAN do it very easily.  OYSTER CAN-CAN!~

… or maybe [...]

Seeded Brown Rice Crackers

A friend who isn’t eating wheat came over to watch a football game last weekend, so I made black bean hummus and these crackers.  The flavors of the hummus and these crackers go together very, very nicely!

The model for these crackers was a wonderful recipe for Crispy Rye and Seed Crackers, by Peter Reinhart. [...]

Roast Chicken. Plain Roast Chicken.

Sometimes I see articles called something like “Simple Roast Chicken,” and they talk about rinsing and seasoning and brining and cutting and tying up with strings and spatchcocking and exotic fruits and expensive spices and imported wines and… I’m sick of it.   Oh, I do love chicken cooked all those ways, and roast [...]

Eggplant Spread

Smashed eggplant. I was going to call it Baba Galoop. It’s like baba ganoush, but it’s a variation. It turns out that there are many variations of smashed eggplant around the world, so there’s no need to be fussy here. Use what you’ve got.

I have not made smashed eggplant before.  I think I [...]