This is really simple to prepare and makes for a great veggie side dish.

Brussels Sprouts with Soy Sauce and Honey Glaze

  • 2 lbs. Brussels Sprouts, washed, trimmed, and halved
  • 4 tbsp. Soy Sauce (can sub low sodium if you wish)
  • 2 tbsp. Honey
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Put the soy sauce, honey, and olive oil in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour over brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Foil a large jellyroll pan and spray with cooking spray. Distribute the brussels sprouts in the pan such that they are in a single layer (you might have to use a second pan if you’re using smaller “regulation” size jellyroll pans). Add pepper to taste (I like to grind fresh pepper over the pan, and I like my pepper!). Roast for about 20 minutes or until tender to your liking.

These are just about fool-proof. The foil makes clean-up super easy.

Just FYI, this is not a classic Mom recipe, for those of you keeping track. This is a home-grown variety after several experiments. A nice addition to this might be some minced or sliced garlic. Mmm. Next time….



There are an endless number of variations on this theme. This began with the idea that I wanted to make some chicken with mexican seasonings. And I like mexican rice. So, yeah, here’s what we did for dinner today:

Mexican Chicken and Rice Bake (version 63 of 298,924):


  • Three boneless chicken breasts, trimmed and cubed
  • Two sweet onions, cut into strips
  • Two green bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 1-½ cu. uncooked rice
  • Chicken broth or flavoring (like G. Washington or similar) (about 3 cu.)
  • 1 regular jar chili sauce
  • 1 regular can yellow corn
  • 1 regular can diced tomatoes
  • 1 regular jar taco sauce
  • 1 pkg. (about 2cu.) mexican cheese blend (colby jack is an OK substitute here)
  • 1-½ recipe Mom Woytek’s Taco Seasoning, skipping the cornstarch and dried onion, and using ground cayenne instead of the crushed red pepper (this is because this dish has onions in it already, and the powdered cayenne works better in a coating than the crushed red pepper)

Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare the rice by adding the rice to an appropriately-sized pot (I used a heavy medium dutch oven, good ole’ MagnaLite!). Cover with broth (or water and add seasoning packets) until the liquid covers the rice by about an inch. Heat to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook without stirring for about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the diced tomatoes, corn, and about a cup of taco sauce. Spoon out into a 9×13 glass baking dish.

Heat some olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the onions and peppers and sprinkle with about ½ of the taco seasoning. Stir occasionally and cook until softened. Spread the onion and pepper mixture over the rice.

Toss the chicken cubes and the remainder of the taco seasoning. Add some additional olive oil to the large skillet and bring back to medium-high heat. Brown the chicken cubes, then spread these over the rice and vegetables.

Pour the chili sauce over the chicken. Use a little water to rinse the chili sauce bottle and pour that in (maybe about ½ cu.). Cover with cheese. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes. Serve in tortillas with sliced fresh avocado and sour cream and a side salad.

Note: Jenny is not a whole chicken fan, so I made an extra ½cu. of rice, then split some of this off into a separate pan and used chicken patties for hers. That might be an option for young eaters, too.



Recipe: Mom Woytek’s Taco Seasoning

by Jonathan 12 February 2017 Food

I’m starting to type-up and share some of the recipes that we’ve been using for a long time. I am getting ready to share what we did for dinner tonight, and this is one of the prerequisites, so here’s the recipe for my Mom’s taco seasoning (and directions on how to use it to make […]

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Warning: Controversial Things Said Here

by Jonathan 11 January 2017 Uncategorized

Right now is not the time to boycott the political process. Right now is the time to get involved in it. Right now is the time to listen to what our elected officials are saying. Right now is the time to start learning about what they say in official capacities, what they vote for, what […]

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New Year, New Home Technology, Part 1

by Jonathan 1 January 2017 House and Home
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Hi. It’s a new year, and I have an awful lot of things I want to say about an awful lot of things, but I figured I would start on the relatively non-controversial side and talk about some new home technology I’ve been working to implement, and some updates on house projects. Maybe you’re interested, […]

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3 Hours of Ghost Stories

by Jenny 30 October 2016 History

Snap Judgment, a podcast from the public radio station WNYC, posted 5 episodes of spooky stories this week. Here is the link to their website. I, personally, pull the podcasts from iTunes. I was not able to locate all of these “ghost” episodes from the websites list of archives, so here is the actual list […]

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by Jenny 14 October 2016 Uncategorized

Last night, I dreamt that I caught a thin gray-haired woman stealing from our outdoor firewood pile. I grabbed her by the wrist, and then I pulled her thick ponytail. “Thief! How does it feel to be a thief?” I left go of her ponytail and waved my hand at her face. She stared at […]

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Witch Hunt

by Jenny 2 October 2016 History

  Here is the link to a podcast episode about the Salem Witch Trials that I really enjoyed: Witch Hunt by Unfictional, a podcast series produced through Los Angeles public radio station KCRW. (KCRW’s Independent Producer Project sponsors Unfictional and also another podcast series that I really enjoy, Here Be Monsters. I know that my […]

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Fortune Tellers & Spell Makers

by Jenny 29 September 2016 History

Here are some nonfiction podcasts that I really enjoyed about folks who sell fortunes and spells. Public radio stations produced the podcasts that I list here. I, personally, download podcasts from iTunes. However, for this blog post, I linked to each podcast’s website. #41 Tell Me How To Live My Life by TLDR from WNYC […]

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Halloween Memory #2: The Psychic

by Jenny 27 September 2016 Western Pennsylvania

I lived in Wimmer Hall at Saint Vincent College for four years. The college designated Wimmer as the “quiet dorm,” the “study dorm.” Wimmer Hall had a reputation for housing the college’s awkward loners. However, in Wimmer Hall I didn’t have to live next to the folks who turned into loud a-hole drunks every weekend. […]

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