Leftover Lasagna

April 28, 2008 | by Deb Ng


No, I’m not talking about lasagna that’s left over from a few days ago, I’m talking about lasagna made with leftovers. Every now and then I like to make Leftover Lasagna.

Let me explain…

When I make the sauce for my lasagna, I generally use the crockpot. If I’m not making it from scratch, like today, I put a jar or two of the store bought stuff into the crockpot, add some ground beef, sausage and sausage and let simmer for the entire day. During the last couple of hours I throw in some leftovers. For instance, the taco beef from last night? In the sauce. Zucchinis, carrots, and red orange and green peppers from a salad? In the sauce. Spinach? In the sauce. Now my sauce has lots of nutritious veggies and the left overs aren’t going to waste.

In case you’re wondering. I’ve never had a Leftover Lasagna taste bad. The sauce always tastes delicious. I wouldn’t put anything too outlandish in there, somehow though it all just seems to work.


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Shrimp Bisque

April 26, 2008 | by Buff



  1. Combine the flour and oil in a large nonstick saucepan and whisk until smooth. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture is the color of peanut butter, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the wine, water, potatoes, old bay, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are done.
  6. Turn off the heat and add the milk, mix it in well.
  7. Serve the bisque, garnished green onion tops.

It’s On the Box! Philadelphia’s Black Forest Cheesecake.

April 23, 2008 | by Robin


I find myself cutting out cardboard recipes from the sides of boxes, and they just seem to collect in little piles and never get made. I was sorting through one such pile and rediscovered Philadelphia’s black forest cheesecake and just had to try it.

And wow it was good!


Dogerati: diet tips for dogs

April 23, 2008 | by Robin

My fat shepherd mix

A food blog doesn’t have to be all about people food, does it? (more…)

What I’m Digging: Penzey’s Spices

April 21, 2008 | by Buff

Oh my goodness.  The.best.spices.evah!  My good friend, Kate, recommended Penzey’s to me a few years ago and I have sung their praises ever since. I’ve shopped on line with them for the longest time and recently I had the opportunity to visit one of their stores.  I was like a kid in a candy store.  I had to buy one of each.

My suggestion would be to buy a bottle of each spice, then when you need to refill, buy in a bag.  The bottles are really nice and sturdy.

My highest recommendations are for the following spices:

Special Blends:

Try these spices.  Trust me on this, you will not be disappointed.

Cool Giveaway: Introducing The Wine Holder

April 21, 2008 | by Deb Ng

The Wine Holder

Cookerati is happy to participate in the Bloggy Giveaways this week. We hope to have a couple of cool products for you, and here’s the first:

My husband and I enjoy both wine and new gadgets so we were kind of tickled when we received The Wine Holder to review. The Wine Holder is such a simple design, yet it’s so cool everyone will ask where you got it.

In essence The Wine Holder is a piece of wood with a hole on top and a 45 degree angle on either end. These angles allow The Wine Holder to sit on your bar or countertop or dining room table without taking up a lot of room. They’re sturdy enough to hold a full bottle of wine, yet small and lightweight enough to store in your utensil drawer.


Peach-Ancho BBQ Sauce

April 21, 2008 | by Jonathan

This is a simple barbecue sauce that goes really nicely on smoked meats of all kinds, especially pork and chicken though it’s also great on beef.  It takes all of about 10 minutes to throw together and I promise you, it rules over your KC Masterpiece or other bottled sauce (though I will confess I don’t mind a little KC Masterpiece now and then).  I actually measured the amounts of each ingredient I used; please don’t tell anyone. 

3/4 C Cider Vinegar

1/4 C Tomato Paste

1/4 C Molasses

1/4 C Peach Preserves

1 Ancho Chile, cut into small strips

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 

1 Tblsp Granulated Garlic

1 Tblsp Granulated Onion

1/2 tsp. Cumin

Juice of 1/2 lime

Stir the whole mess together in a small saucepan over low heat.  Cover & let simmer 1/2 hour.  Fish out the ancho chile strips or don’t.  Mop it on your meats near the end of smoking or grilling if that’s your pleasure, or just serve it on the side.

Grilled Veggie Salad

April 20, 2008 | by Deb Ng

Grilled vegetables

As I type this, my husband is making my favorite salad in the world. It’s also one of the most simple. We take zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, onions and red and green peppers, slice them, brush with a little balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper and put them on the grill. That’s it. Throw them in a bowl and toss them together. I especially enjoy the grilled zucchini and yellow squash. Grilling them brings out their inherent sweetness and that combined with the balsamic vinegar is a flavor that just knocks our socks off. Asparagus and corn on the cob are also terrific grilled.

Today we’re serving the salad with burgers but many summer nights we have this grilled veggie salad by itself. It makes such a nice light meal -especially on hot nights because we cook it outside.

Really, it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it. Try it and see what I mean!

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No-Meat Chili

April 20, 2008 | by Buff

As you all know I am a true blue carnivore, but every once in while the mood strikes me to not eat meat at every single meal.  Like today.  Sure, I had some chorizo in the freezer that I could have used, but went for something decidedly different – vegetarian chili.  Now had I entered this recipe in a Texas chili cook-off I’d be disqualified for two reasons – no meat and it has beans.  I dedicate this meal to our fellow blogger Robin.



  1. Put the beans in a large pot and cover with water.  Over low heat, simmer beans for about an hour, make sure the pot is covered. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and 2 cans full of water
  3. Bring to a boil, stir occasionally.
  4. Lower heat to bring it to a simmer
  5. Cook until the broth is thick, stir often.

I like to serve this with a nice hearty bread and an ice cold beer or a glass of wine!  Taking some tips from the book, He Said Beer, She Said Wine, I would recommend a double IPA such as Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA and a South African Pinotage Rose.

Baked Potatoes

April 18, 2008 | by Buff

If you’re like me…[don’t you hate when commercials begin with "if you’re like me"?  NO.  I am not like you at all.  I am nothing like you.]  Anyway, I love a baked potato with a nice thick juicy steak.  And since we’re having the in-laws in for dinner tonight, we’re serving juicy porterhouses.  Here’s a tried and true recipe. 



  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Pierce potatoes with a fork on each side – about 8-10 for each side
  3. Lightly coat potatoes with oil
  4. Lightly salt potato
  5. Bake for one hour.  Skin should be crispy in and inside should be tender.

Serve with sour cream and chives or salt and pepper and butter or any other of your favorite backed potato topping.