Chicken Parmesan

I'm not a big fryer, but because this is one of the most popular ways to cook, it was time for the Sun Bucket to give it a go. Golden-friend chicken parmesan, with a side of pasta with marinara. The Sun Bucket started at 662 °F (350 C). After pounding four boneless, skinless chicken breasts … Continue reading Chicken Parmesan


My husband makes crêpes for brunch every weekend, but this morning was a first for making them using stored solar energy. I got the Sun Bucket charged early, ensuring that delicious, fruit-filled crêpes would be on the table by late morning. The Sun Bucket started at 622°F (328 C). My husband's crêpe recipe uses a … Continue reading Crêpes


Ever since visiting New Orleans this summer for the American Society for Engineering Education's annual conference, I've been thinking about jambalaya and étouffées. (And beignets, definitely beignets). Tonight was jambalaya night, and I used Emeril Lagasse's recipe as a loose guide. The Sun Bucket started at 612°F (322 C). In my large pan, 1 teaspoon … Continue reading Jambalaya

Sausages & Mashed Potatoes

If we lived in the UK, we'd call this fast, pub-like meal bangers and mash and it'd sound a lot more fun than it really is. But, you can't beat this hot and filling meal for a quick dinner in between running kids to dance classes and piano lessons. The Sun Bucket started at 680°F … Continue reading Sausages & Mashed Potatoes