Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortilla
Corn Tortillas, not Flour

Cooked on a Flat Hot Surface

So Inexpensive

So, I will

Grill Onions and Jalapenos
Toast Tortillas with cheese

And Frozen Shrimp

And Hot Sauce

I bought this plastic tortilla warmer
(or at least a tortilla storer)


Grilled Pizza

When the thermostat broke on the oven, we used this opportunity avoid cooking food inside and moved out into the garage, with instant pot and griller

We preheat the griddle to 450° Sear

Place sliced onions, jalapeños and some marinaded garlic skirt steak on griddle
before stretching pizza dough over the top
(the dough contains a generous amount of olive oil and is prepared ahead and frozen)
Lower the panini-style lid
Cook for 5 Minutes

Flip the Pizza and be ready to scrape loose items off of the griddle and replace on top of the pizza

Sprinkle with Oregano, Parmesan, Pizza Sauce and top with slices of Mozzarella
Cook an additional 5 Minutes with lid open

Surprisingly Good
We like the dark color, a good crunch
The flavor of onions, the depth of the parmesan (and that is probably enough for a simple pizza

We add the meat (marinaded skirt steak tastes best, pork belly get lost, shrimp is very watery) and mozzarella to round it out

Maybe replace the dried oregano with fresh herbs during the summer


The Cuisinart GR-5B Series Griddler Five is my latest acquisition
intended to be the center of the Garage Kitchen to Iscolate the smells of grilling and frying and onions while preserving the ability to color, sear and flavor foodGriddler
Perhaps we will use it to sear a fat steak
(although the instructions do no list this specific use of the product)
-turning up the heat to 450° “Sear”
-put the cover down
-and maybe even place a weight to press the cover down
hopefully achieving a pittsburgh-blue steak

Maybe you could spatch-cock a chicken, weight the cover down, to achieve the same result as Brick Chicken (although we can imagine the fat and juice would destroy device forever)

We have had some success with Grilled Pizza
Cooking first at 425° on top of onions and pepperoni with the cover down
Then flipping (be ready to retrieve some onion bits from the griddle)
Cooking cover UP at 400° after applying pizza sauce, slices of mozzarella with plans to add parmesan cheese

Initial attempts started at 450° “Sear” Mode producing a lots of color and crispness, short of burning.
I did not “monkey” with the time feature and returned to the Griddler after five minutes the machine was OFF (which was not bad)

Also look forward to grilling vegetables
We saw a recipe which used grilled slices of eggplant instead of greasy sauted eggplant which we could like to try

Pizza Dough

Rye Pizza Dough

Start with:
New York Times Pizza Dough

Rye Flour Pizza (West Via Midwest)
Rye Flour Pizza crust gives a healthy option for Pizza! Better than takeout!

Instead of 4½ cups white flour
3 Cups White Flour
1½ Cups Rye Flour

2 tsp Yeast
Some Sugar

1 Tbsp Caraway Seeds
(I love caraway seeds more than most people)

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(with a few extra squirts into each Dough Ball

1¾ Cups Water

Divide into Quarters (or smaller)
Roll into Balls, Oil and Refrigerate or Freeze

Black Beans

Instant Pot Black Beans

Camellia Brand
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder


Instant Pot Black Beans
1 small yellow onion — diced
1 green bell pepper — cored, seeded, and diced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 bay leaves
3 cloves garlic

How to Cook Black Beans in the Instant Pot

Slop #1

Jalapenos and Skirt Steak

Starch: B
arley, Brown Rice and Farro
Chicken Stock


-Garbanzo Beans
-Black Beans
-Pinto Beans
-Black Eyed
-Kidney Beans


Cumin, Corriander, Tumeric, Cayenne Pepper
Cumin, Oregano
Old Bay, Red Pepper Powder
Smoked Paprika,
Hot Curry, Hot Paprika

Sweet Potato
Brussels Sprounts
Greens (Kale)




Peas and Corn

garlicky kale salad

We got really excited when someone in our garden group shared this recipe for a chopped kale salad

Didn’t have any nutritional yeast, but remember this from my College Days, when I explored being a vegetarian. It smelled familiar and delicious, back then it was used to flavor a cheesy vegetarian Mac and “Cheese”

2 cloves garlic
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs tahini (I sub peanut butter)
4 Tbs nutritional yeast (dont use baking or brewing yeast!! this is it’s own thing usually found in healthy food aisles)

Plus Garlic!
The acid of apple cider vinegar and lemons
Soy Sauce and Tahini