2017 Year in Food January — Ingredients

Joni Mitchell said “I am a lonely painter, I live in a box of paints” but I (on the other hand) live in a bin of spices, flours, flavors and extracts and mostly I love it.  Having spent summers in the art studios at Buck’s Rock Work Camp, I know that I prefer to stretchContinue reading “2017 Year in Food January — Ingredients”

Perfect Rice Krispy Treats!

In this blog, we always strive to make the routine extraordinary, and Rice Krispy treats are a case study.  No one would argue that they are not a decades-old fan-favorite,  a staple for the egg and gluten-free and probably the most popular ‘bring-your-own’ at PTAs and bake sales across the country.    There are a few issues thatContinue reading “Perfect Rice Krispy Treats!”

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Maple Frosting

Though Ireland is rich in heritage, I must say that my experience with both the nation and the holiday has been limited to savory experiences.   Needing to come up with something for an office pot luck, I turned to the world of baking to find something good to bring.   Apparently, putting Guinness StoutContinue reading “Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Vanilla Maple Frosting”

Oatmeal Cookies: Third Time’s a Charm

Many of my readers know about my white-whale like obsession with making an oatmeal cookie like those found at Petsi’s, a bakery in Somerville, MA.  I have detailed in previous cookie recipes I have written here and here.  In those recipes I discuss how I discovered the missing ingredient was butterscotch extract (heartbreakingly discontinued byContinue reading “Oatmeal Cookies: Third Time’s a Charm”

Chocolate Macaroons

Of course, there were always coconut (plain) and chocolate macaroons for Passover when I was growing up and I always loved chocolate better until I discovered home-made coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate that were so much better. Taking a page out of a recipe from the Barefoot Contessa, I added some chocolate to a halfContinue reading “Chocolate Macaroons”

Ginger Cookies, Three Ways

A good friend of mine had hipped me to my winning ginger snap/molasses spice cookie recipe and for me, that meant the end of tweaking.  Even though I am a chronic recipe tinkerer, when something gets high marks, is asked for repeatedly, I leave it alone.  Until another good friend suggested that there was aContinue reading “Ginger Cookies, Three Ways”

The Federalist Flavors- Alexander Hamilton 1/11/17

For Alexander Hamilton’s birthday, I gleefully re-present the collection of flavors (The Federalist Flavors) I worked to create with my sister-in-law at Jane’s Ice Cream and my family (my brother  did the poster and ice cream containers)! We did it as a labor of love and then they were able to share it with the original cast of HamiltonContinue reading “The Federalist Flavors- Alexander Hamilton 1/11/17”

Arugula Salad, The Best Ever

If you are a reader of this blog you know that I never claim to completely invent my recipes, and that this blog is simply an expression of ideas that may make regular or standard issues easier or more appealing than they are from existing popular or standard recipes.   But very often, if notContinue reading “Arugula Salad, The Best Ever”

Schnitzel (Boneless Fried Chicken)

I found schnitzel to be ubiquitous when I visited Israel, and like their hummus, delicious everywhere I had it.  Their schnitzel is so much better than what ours has become, basically a chicken nugget- that I was inspired to try and recreate it.  Of course thanks to the Internet, that’s pretty easy since there areContinue reading “Schnitzel (Boneless Fried Chicken)”