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Simple, healthy, and tasty recipes from my collection.

Welcome to Kooking with Ken. Long ago, in a house two miles away, I had a kitchen and loved to cook easy and healthy foods. I developed a web page in my personal web site to share my recipes. Then I got busy and gave it up. Now I am trying it again, although I no longer have a kitchen, just a room with a sink and appliances that don't work well. In the coming months, I hope to add some excitng new recipes. About Ken and Photo Gallery.

These are simple and not so simple recipes developed or modified by Ken. One new recipe is added about once a month. Ken enjoys cooking, especially healthy foods that are easy to make and still taste good.

I recently bought a juicer. Stay tuned for upcoming juice recipes.


Fahrenheit to Celsius to Fahrenheit
Fahrenheit minus 32, then times 5/9 = Centigrade Centigrade times 9/5, then add 32 = Fahrenheit
Liquid Measure

1 pinch = 1/8 or less teaspoon
60 drops = 1 teaspoon
3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon
2 tablespoons = 1 ounce
2 gills = 1 cup
8 ounces = 1 cup
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
2 cps = 1 pint
16 ounces = 1 pint
4 cups = 1 quart
2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
1 gallon = 3.7853 liters
1 liter = 1.0567 quarts
1 quart = .94635 liters
31.5 gallons = 1 barrel
60,000 gallons = 1 average swiming pool
Dry Measure

2 pints = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
2 gallons = 1 peck
4 pecks = 1 bushel
8 gallons = 1 bushel


16 ounces = 1 pound
2000 pounds = 1 ton
1000 KG = 1 metric ton
1 troy ounce (ozt) = 31.1034768 grams
1 troy ounce = 1.09714286 (avoirdupois) ounces
12 troy ounces = 1 troy pound

(Completely irrelevant but, an once of gold is heavier than an ounce of feathers, but a pound of feathers is heavier than a pound of gold. This is because a Troy ounce of gold is 1.097 ordinary ounces (such as of feathers), while a Troy pound of gold is 12 Troy ounces, a little over 12 ordinary ounces, or a bit over 3/4 pounds of feathers. So a pound of feathers is heavier than a pound of gold.)

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t = teaspoon T = tablespoon


Al dente Slightly undercooked and a little firm.
Caramelize heating a carbohydrate or sugar until a browning occurs, resulting in a nutty flavor. Temperatures very for different foods.
Cut julienne Cut into long thin strips.
Dutch oven A heavy, usually cast iron, cooking pot with a tight fitting lid. It can be used on a cook top or in an oven. They can be used for deep frying. Season before use.
Marinate Soak in a blend of liquids to tenderize and flavor meat.
Saute To heat oil, butter, or other similar material over low to medium heat, then slowly cook and stir onion, garlic, or other vegetable until tender and a little transparent.

I'm just starting a new page, Nutritional Facts for ingredients in this web site. Eventually the recipes will provide individual nutritional facts.

Recipe of the Month

Cook Book

  1. Braised Meat Balls
  2. Crab Meat Melt
  3. Meat Roll
  4. Deviled Eggs - 3 variations
  5. Deviled Eggs - traditional
  6. Dill Deviled Eggs
  7. Spicy Deviled Eggs
  8. Stuffed Mushrooms
  9. Supper Nachos
  1. Artichoke Dip
  2. Bean Dip
  3. Clam Dip
  4. Guacamole
  5. Mango Guacamolee Dip
  6. Salsa Dip
  7. Spinach Dip
  8. Spinach-Chestnut-Onion Dip
  1. Avocado Salad
  2. Bean and Pasta Salad
  3. Brown Rice Salad
  4. Macaroni Salmon Salad
  5. Party Rice Salad
  6. Salmon Salad
  7. Tabouli Salad
  8. Tuna and Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Main Dishes (with Red Meat)
Main Dish (Meat, Your Choice)
  1. Asparagus and Scallion Soup
  2. Chicken with Onion Soup
  3. Cottage Cheese-Salmon Bisque
  4. Lintel Salmon Soup
  5. Pumpkin Soup
  6. Savory Broccoli Soup
  7. Southwest Vegetable Soup
  1. Beef with Mushroom and Broccoli
  2. Ken's Krazy Korn Kasserole
  3. Meatloaf Meatballs
  4. Porcupine Meatballs
  5. Potato-Ham Casserole
  6. Potato-Ham Casserole, Tofu Version
  7. Stuffed Meat Roll
  1. Chili Con Carne
  2. Chow Mein Noodle Casserole
  3. Enchilada
  4. Potato-Veggie Casserole
Main Dish (Poultry)
Main Dishes (Fish / Sea Food)
Main Dishes (Veggie)
  1. Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas
  2. Chicken - Chestnut Casserole
  3. Chicken-Vegetable Noodle Casserole
  4. Chili with Pecans
  5. Enchilada Casserole #1
  6. Enchilada Casserole #2
  7. Enchilada Casserole #3
  8. Garden-style Turkey Meat Loaf
  9. Indonesian Fried Rice
  10. Ken's Chili
  11. Moroccan_Chicken
  12. Pasta e Fagioli
  13. Potato Casserole
  14. Turkey Meat Loaf
  15. Vegetable Turkey Stew
  1. Cajun Shrimp-Pepper Stir-fry
  2. Clam Rice
  3. Chinese Fried Noodles
  4. Macaroni Pepper Surprise
  5. Pasta with Crabmeat
  6. Fish Creole
  7. Mediterranean Pasta with Tomato and Salmon
  8. Shrimp Quesadillas
  9. Nutty Shrimp Pasta
  1. Armenian Pilaf
  2. Broccoli Casserole #1
  3. Broccoli Casserole #2
  4. Broccoli-Cheese Fritta
  5. Cabbage Stew
  6. Casserole #6
  7. Chilly with Chickpeas
  8. Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  9. Garlic Broccoli & Mushrooms
  10. Green Bean Casserole
  11. Green Bean and Cheddar Cheese
  12. Penne Broccoli Garlic
  13. Rice and Nuts (Yak Pab)
  14. Veggie Pizza
  15. Veggie Taco Grande
  16. Veggie Tostada
Bread & Misc. Desserts
  1. Apple Cider
  2. Low-Cal Smoothie
  3. Peach Smoothie

Collection of Fruit Juice Blends
  1. Collection of 10 Fruit Juice Blends Number 1
  2. Collection of 10 Fruit Juice Blends Number 2
  1. Apple - Pumpkin Muffins
  2. Baked Pancake
  3. Pancakes
  4. Pumpkin French Toast
  5. Wiffles
  6. Pumpkin Pie Muffins
  7. Pumpkin Wiffles
  1. Apple Bread
  2. Apple Strudel
  3. Fig Bread
  4. Gooey Hart
  5. Strawberry Mousse
  1. Ken's Killer Apple Cake
  2. Zucchini Chocolate Cake
  1. Butterfly Cookies
  2. Pumpkin - Blueberry Cookies
  1. Apple Pie
  2. Apple Pie - Sugar Free
  3. Loquat Pie
  4. Nectarine Pie
  5. Strawberry Pie
  6. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Ken's Theory on Casseroles

You look in the refrigerator and see a lot of wilting vegetables, that will need to be thrown away tomorrow. Wash, chop fine, and throw in a 3 quart casserole. Cook a cup or two of rice, preferably brown and add to the casserole. Add a can of cream of mushroom soup (or any "cream of ..." you have around). Go through the spice rack looking for old spices you forgot you had and add a dash of those. Mix it all well and cover with bread crumbs. Cover with whatever cheese you have. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. I make it differently every time. If they turn out well, I write them down.

Ken's Theory on "Salt and Pepper" in Recipes

Many recipes call for "Salt and Pepper". I don't own a salt shaker and the can of pepper is old. I find that 99% of the time, this step can be skipped. If the proper spices are used, food tastes good without the added sodium. Salt and Pepper have been used in foods from ancient times to hide the fact that the food was rancid or spoiled. Today, thanks to modern mechanical techniques, we are not often forced to eat spoiled or rancid food, so why continue this ancient practice. For many people, too much salt is a problem, so just leave it out. I often leave out or reduce sugar as well.

Italian Seasoning

It's 6 pm, you are half way through a recipe when it says "Italian Seasoning" and you realize you don't have any. What do you do? What kind of tree does Italian Seasoning come from any way? Substitute a pinch of each - as many as you do have: Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Oregano, & Basil. That should come close.

Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Spaghetti Sauce

My wife always uses store-bought spaghetti sauce, but I like to make my own.
1 15 oz can tomato sauce, 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste, 1 4 oz. can mushroom pieces, 1 ts. Cilantro, 1 ts. Basil leaves, 1 ts. ground Thyme, 1 ts. ground Sage, 1 ts. garlic powder. 1 ts. Rosemary, 1/4 cup chopped onion.

Cooking for an Aircraft Carrier

This is just for fun. A few years ago, we visited San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum and in the galley was a cookbook, popular items for 100 servings. I include a few in case your ship comes in. Midway Beef Stew, Midway Meat Loaf, Midway Steak, Cheese, and Onion Submarine, Midway Vegetable Lasaagna, ...

Hummingbird Food

This is also more for fun. Hummingbird Food. Hummingbirds eat small insects and the like for protein, but they also need nectar for energy. This is my recipe for hummingbird food.
4 parts water
1 part sugar
A few drops of red food coloring is only an option. The birds really don't care, but it looks nicer and is easier to monitor the level so you can refill the feeder when empty.
Heat the water, but not to boiling. The sugar will dissolve more easily if the water is hot.
Stir until the sugar dissolve and water is clear.
Allow to cool.
I usually mix a big soup kettle full at once, it's easier.
Store in a dark location until needed. It will turn moldy if exposed to light.
Enjoy your hummingbird feeder.

This page last updated: Friday, 14-Apr-2017 02:01:57 EDT

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Crostini - needs work
Clam Chowder - needs work
Crab Cake - needs work.
EZ fudge - needs work.
all fudges need work.
Graham Cracker Pie - needs work.
Jambalya - needs work for September 2017
Meat Loaf Meat Balls - needs work
Salmon Noodle Casserole - needs testing
Vegetable Lasagna # 1 - needs another test
Zucchini-Shrimp Scampi - needs another test