Monthly Archives: November 2012

Cookbooks on Devices

HASTY TASTY RV MEALSHave you embraced technology like the iPad, Kindle Fire, or other tablet reading device? Are you ready to use a tablet in your kitchen? If so, I have news. Just in time for the holidays, HASTY TASTY RV MEALS is available from for your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, or any device using the Kindle application (a free app from Amazon). You can have your copy with you as you travel without taking up additional space, always a plus for RVing.

For $2.99 you can download this cookbook or give as a gift. Just click on the book cover and it will take you to the purchase site. Merry Christmas!


Filed under cooking, Healthful Eating, Recipes

Hasty Tasty Cranberry Sauce

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The tart cranberry is delicious and healthful. Unfortunately, the cranberry is overlooked except during the holidays yet is good any time of the year. But don’t open up a can of jellied cranberry sauce–make your own! In less than 30 minutes, you can have homemade cranberry sauce. You can store it in the refrigerator in a mold or in the serving bowl–your choice. Molds are impressive but not necessary. Here’s my Hasty Tasty version:


Hasty Tasty Cranberry Sauce


  • 12 ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • dash salt
  • one orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger


  1. Combine brown sugar and juice of an orange (reserve zest) in a 2-quart sauce pan. Add cranberries.
  2. Gently heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for fifteen minutes or until berries burst.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in zest of orange and grated ginger.
  4. Carefully tranfer contents to the Vitamix or a food processor. Cover.*
  5. Beginning with the lowest speed (Vitamix variable speed 1), process cranberries to desired consistency. Just pulse a few times for a chunkier sauce.*
  6. Carefully pour sauce into a mold or a serving dish, cover, and refrigerate for a minimum of one hour. Overnight is better.

*Processing the sauce is optional. Cranberries taste great either whole sauce or pureed.

Yield: 1 pint cranberry sauce

Variations: add your choice of seasonings in place of the grated ginger, such as cloves, cinnamon, or even jalapeño pepper!


Filed under condiments, cooking, fruit, Healthful Eating, Recipes

Five-Minute Asparagus

Delicious asparagus in five minutes? Now that’s hasty and tasty.

I love asparagus as long as it’s cooked properly. I loathe canned or limp, overcooked slime. My asparagus must be bright green and crisp, cooked tender but not too cooked. If you don’t eat asparagus, perhaps you have been a victim of the overcooked slimy variety. Give this dish a try and you might change your mind.

Why asparagus? One serving offers 2 grams fiber in only 20 calories, making it a good food if you’re watching your weight. Nutritionally rich in vitamin A and K, it also offers iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Counting carbs? One serving has about 3.7.

Here’s how I cook it (and I credit TV Chef Alton Brown for the idea):

  1. Wet a generous length of paper towels (approximately two full-size) with water.
  2. Spread the trimmed, washed asparagus spears along the length of paper towel.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, and freshly grated nutmeg (or your choice of spices).
  4. Roll the asparagus up in the wet paper towel to form a “log” and place in the microwave oven.
  5. Cook for three minutes (1000 watts–adjust for your microwave’s power level).
  6. Using tongs, carefully remove the asparagus from the microwave oven.
  7. Gently unroll the paper towel “log” to deposit cooked asparagus into serving dish.


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Filed under Asparagus, Healthful Eating, Recipes, Vegetables