I made this sorbet a month or so ago but then the arctic blast came and I thought who wants sorbet during a snow storm? I know, it’s only winter in the northern hemisphere but are there pears in Australia? Yes Virginia there are pears in Australia (thanks Internets)! Not that I used actual pears […]
I first had a variation of this years ago at a restaurant in Brooklyn. Over the years it has varied depending on the veggies on hand. Always onion. Red pepper only when organic is on sale. I love the combo of flavors and textures. A little creamy a bit of crunch- heat from the harissa, […]
I have been bad. Not putting up a new prompt, not even finishing my own assignment for last week. Why do I think of it as an assignment? I treat writing like an onerous task that I dread but the truth is the process is fun. I like to write but I don’t know what […]
This complex and flavorful homemade granola with ginger and apricot is the perfect solution to the overly sweet granolas found in the grocery store. Make a big batch and store it in an airtight container and you’ve not only saved big bucks but managed to make something delicious and actually pretty nutritious. I’ve included a […]
Sunday night and the refrigerator is a jumbled mess of leftovers. Just a cup of this or a bowl of that, one sausage link– all the little bits that are apparently only visible when I open the refrigerator and immediately disappear if anyone else goes hunting for a snack. I guess it’s time for a […]
I had every intention of posting a holiday specific post. Something sweet. Something heart-shaped. But that would be a lie.
Portland got its (semi) annual snow storm over the weekend so rather than brave the icy/slushy streets (nothing is plowed but the main roads and according to the internets 90% of the roads will never get plowed) we stayed home and I made cocktails with what was in the cupboard.
One of my many wonderful cousins stopped by yesterday for an early dinner on her way to an organic seed conference. As it was also her birthday dessert seemed mandatory. Fortunately I was told that butter is okay, nay- encouraged.
Tarts are one of my favorite things. Flakey buttery crust and what ever happens to be in season/in the fridge for filling. I don’t want to get into a debate about how to make the flakiest crust, okay, maybe I do- but I’m pretty entrenched, I’d need physical proof to convince me that there […]
What to do when the morning has slipped away and guests are stopping by at any moment but whip up some muffins. Because nothing says welcome like the scent of fresh baked goods. Luckily I’m the kind of gal who keeps sun-dried tomatoes on hand- ‘just in case’
This is what happens when you name a recipe before you create it. Something delicious but out of character. I grew up with the Rocky Mountains always in view. It’s almost impossible to imagine if you have never lived there but I have no sense of direction because in Boulder west was always obvious, west […]
You will see this cookie again, like the spiced butterscotch sauce contained within this cookie’s delectably crispy shell, it will return. Under normal circumstances I would just pack the extras off to the Mr’s office but I made no resolutions this year so I am free to experiment. So with my brain sugar glazed and […]
No pots or pans required. This weekday blueberry vanilla oatmeal is made in one bowl in the microwave in five minutes-blueberries frozen or fresh, always fancy, always delicious New year, the soft drumming of vague resolutions ringing in my ears, no time to fuss with fancy breakfast and a distinct craving for simple comfort. Enter […]
Spices rule the winter season. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom. Tropical heat and heady scents captured in intensely flavorful gingersnap cookies or celebratory toasts with sweet pear nectar and homemade cardamom infused brandy. Top it all with cava for a delightful winter drink After the coffee infused rum was such a resounding success I continued […]
Ah, happy accidents. I knew I wanted to make savory monkeybread. Red and green chilies for the holiday season, perhaps a cornmeal dough to compliment the southwest flavors. The recipe I decided to adapt for the dough was for rolls, I knew there was going to be way more dough than I needed. I’ll make […]
I know, I know. Homemade marshmallows are so three years ago. But gourmet marshmallows are freaking expensive no matter how pretty they look and homemade marshmallows are like a blank canvas, the possibilities are endless.
I’ve eaten more marshmallows in the last two days than I have in years. I don’t buy things like marshmallows because then I will eat them simply because they are there. But this is different. These are for gifts. These are homemade. And they are minis, so they barely count. And… These have fresh squeezed […]
It’s been cold here this week. I’ve had to take the hummingbird feeder inside to thaw and one particularly possessive hummingbird has been guarding the nectar, dive bombing another birds that dare to sip. While cold sugar water isn’t my thing hot liquor water can be and so the winter warmers continue.
Outside frightful. Coffee infused rum, delightful. Add a frothy cloud of warm eggnog and let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. On days like this, when the roads are slick and the rooftops are white with snow, I can feel just a teensy bit less guilty for making a cocktail in the middle […]
Ah, holiday leftovers. What to do with the turkey, the ham, the cranberries? The cranberries. The delicious tart and oh so good for you cranberries. Add butter and cream of course.
I made these ages ago and I took pictures and I never take pictures of all the steps because I get caught up in the moment and my fingers get dirty and there are already enough food smudges on my electronic devices. But I did take a whole slew of pictures because this really […]
make ahead roasted cranberry sauce One cranberry sauce with booze and one without. These easy oven roasted cranberry sauces continue to be my go to cranberry recipes year after year. The best part is how simple it is to make them as much as five days ahead of time so you can save yourself one […]
Three Tips for Cooking Eggs 1) You can cook the white first. I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again. The yolk and the white can break up and get back together on your whim. I actually don’t do this when I’m frying eggs but I do when I’m cooking them […]
There is a soft rain falling, not even really rain, just a cloud brought down to earth and even though I haven’t had breakfast yet I’m going to bake some cookies. Some spicy, gingery, these have to be made every year or there will be protests cookies Tuba Christmas rehearsals have been going on at […]
Mom’s Baked Egg Custard: My Comfort Food A few weeks ago I made a commitment to myself to get back to blogging. Shortly thereafter my mother had ‘routine’ heart surgery. Two days later I was holding my mother’s hand when that same heart stopped beating. And then it was my birthday. It seems impossible that […]
Straight forward, simple, and forgiving of interruptions. My father used to make this when I was a kid. Not for us, for him. So the memories I have of this dish are visual not gustatory, not that most kids want to try leafy greens and eggs- even with cheese melted all over the top. But […]
The second batch with additional caramel apple sauce and no fresh chopped apple. Topped with a bit of caramel sauce and a slice of apple before baking. The first batch, with chopped apples. These muffins were made by request. A birthday gift. A chance for me to get in touch with my inner […]
The poem is like the starter, but not like the starter. The poem has salt and heat. The poem is not the starter but the bread it will become. But the poem is not the bread. The poem has salt and heat. The poem is not the starter but the bread it will become. But […]
Tangy yet Sweet Spiced Pomegranate Rum Sipper
Fifty-fifty “Heads, we get married; tails, we break up.” “Huh?” Asti looked up from his menu and stared at the quarter resting in Lilly’s right palm. He knew her name was Lilly because it said so on her name tag. “Can it wait ‘til after breakfast? If we break up now you might spit in […]
Homemade Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Dough Ready to Rest Confession: I use machines to make my pasta. I tried the pile with the hole and slowly incorporating etc, etc. but it just never seemed to work out for me. Sure, I got pasta in the end but it took forever and I was always […]
Crispy Oven Baken Chicken with Apple Cider Vinegar Glazed Collard Greens and Homemade Biscuits There’s some shaking and some baking going on around here. But even though we’re rockin’ you can come a knockin’!
Green Chili Cheese Steak
Let me just say at the onset that I love the country rib cut of pork. Sure it’s a little fatty but slow cooked it is always tender and delicious- and since I vowed to only buy ‘happy’ meat it is also one of the more economical cuts I can get from my pig […]