Author: meps

  • Salsa verde

    Salsa verde

    Also known as green salsa or tomatillo salsa. 6 tomatillos, cut into 2-inch pieces 6 large sprigs of cilantro Grind up in blender. You should not need to add water, but if it is too thick, add up to 1/4 C water. Stir in a couple tablespoons of finely chopped peppers (sweet or hot), a…

  • Magic Zikr Chai

    The best chai I’ve ever tasted was made by Hafizullah Sufi for his weekly classes. Here’s his original recipe. 1 cup fresh chopped ginger root 10 star anise 2 tbsp cardamom seed 1 to 1½ tbsp coriander seed 1 tbsp whole cloves or ½ tbsp clove powder 5–6 stix of cinnamon ?–1 tbsp fresh ground black…

  • Simple Thai Coconut Curry

    This is a pattern recipe, which means you can make it a bunch of different ways, and it will always be yummy. But it also means that the instructions are a little bit vague, similar to Either-Or Oriental Chicken Salad. 1-2 onions, diced 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and diced 1 T olive oil 3…

  • Homemade Tonic

    This makes the best gin and tonic ever. 4 C water 2-1/2 C sugar (or more, to taste) 1/2 C (about 2 stalks) finely chopped lemongrass Zest and juice of 2 limes 3 T powdered cinchona bark 3 T citric acid 1 t juniper berries 1/2 t peppercorns Bring water to boil in a saucepan.…

  • Yummiest Vegan Stuffing

    1 loaf of whole wheat bread, cut or torn into 1-inch cubes (I use scissors for this) 2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into chunks 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks 2 sweet onions, peeled and cut into chunks 1…

  • Sweet Potato Pie a la Meps

    My father always raves about grocery-store sweet potato pie from the Publix bakery. As a homemade pie-baker, this offended my sensibilities, so I set out to research the best homemade sweet potato pie. Much to my surprise, sweet potato pie was all over the news — a strange video involving Patti LaBelle’s pie had recently…

  • Victory Through Dog Power

    Victory Through Dog Power

    Here’s a fun item from my blog, 1meps.com, about Medford, Oregon’s destination hot dog cart: Chuck Reeder, of Medford, Oregon, is a believer in street carts. “But I’m a hot-dog cart killer.” He says eight of his competitors have gone out of business since he started Victory Dogs in 2012. While we are talking, he’s…

  • St. Joseph’s Day Rice

    Photo and recipe courtesy of the creative, brilliant, and huggable Mary Bolter of Spokane, Washington. 2-1/2 C uncooked white rice 2-1/2 C water 1/2 t Saffron 1 C toasted whole almonds, chopped 1 C honey, warmed 2 T cinnamon Cook the rice by package directions. Add the Saffron to the rice and water. (Note: One…

  • Iced (or not) Lemon Bread

    Scroll down for an 2024 updated version of this. This version similar to the lemon loaf sold at Starbucks. It’s guaranteed to be the first thing to disappear at a potluck. 1-1/2 C flour 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t baking powder 1/2 t salt 3 large eggs 1 C sugar 2 T butter, softened…

  • Layered Chocolate-Caramel Cookie Bars

    Base: 1-1/4 C flour 1/2 C brown sugar 3/4 C grated coconut 1-1/3 C butter, melted Caramel filling: 1/3 C corn syrup 1/2 C butter 14 oz condensed milk Topping: 10-1/2 oz dark chocolate chips 2 T vegetable oil Powdered cocoa Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease large rectangular baking sheet.  Line with parchment…