Moist Corn Bread (Egg-Free)

I doubt I will ever post another chocolate chip recipe, but there are some things that require continued tweaking, revising and innovation.  Cornbread is obviously one of those.  Its very simplicity begs for some kind of added complexity in the form of bacon, jalapenos, or anything that might give it a personality that separates itContinue reading “Moist Corn Bread (Egg-Free)”

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”

Perfect Bread, Easy as Pie

My first adult baking task was completed on the advice from a friend who suggested I could turn a great pie with off-the-shelf supermarket ingredients like frozen pie dough and minute tapioca, and he was right.   “Easy as Pie” was true.   Over the decade and half since, I have occasionally challenged myself toContinue reading “Perfect Bread, Easy as Pie”

Home Made Bagels

If you know me and you have ever heard me talk about bagels, you know that I have a very strong opinion that bagels made outside of NYC Metro- literally anywhere else in the United States are not as good.   People say “but…” but it’s clear and demonstrable that there is an environmental advantageContinue reading “Home Made Bagels”

Potato Pancakes You’ll Eat Standing Up

If you are like me and spend most of your year avoiding potatoes and fried foods, then you will certainly love this potato latke recipe for Chanukah. Most Jewish kids I knew regarded Chanukah as a special time, but somewhat less special than Christmas. And for many good reasons.  One, it often didn’t happen when thereContinue reading “Potato Pancakes You’ll Eat Standing Up”

Perfect Corn Bread with Grilled Corn

When tasked with making corn bread for the 4th of July Ribs cookout, I was terrified.  There are so many corn bread recipes with so many different ingredients (Google lists 11 million just for Corn Bread recipes)!  Even after you solve for inclusions (jalapeños, bacon, etc.) you still have to address the recipe for the regular ingredients.Continue reading “Perfect Corn Bread with Grilled Corn”

Grilled Lettuce for the 4th— Celebrate America!

Totally by accident, I discovered grilling lettuce.   I had had grilled romaine in some hifalutin’ restaurants in a treatment of Caesar salad, but it was always something that made you think “why did they grill this lettuce?”    One day however, during an obsessive grill-a-thon, I found myself adding olive oil, salt and pepperContinue reading “Grilled Lettuce for the 4th— Celebrate America!”

Sweet Potato Crisps

My daughter got an assignment to bring a lunch to a trip to Ye Olde Schoolhouse.   One of the conditions of the lunch was that it be carried in authentic containers from the 19th century, like a burlap sack or such.  The other more pertinent condition was that all lunches had to be madeContinue reading “Sweet Potato Crisps”

No Risk Hummus!

I have sworn off ever buying mass-produced hummus again, and this was BEFORE THE LISTERIA RECALL from Trader Joe’s and Target (you can read about that here, if you want). Why? Because when I do try them, they almost all have the same problem: no taste, or a taste so very weak it’s not worth eating.    Continue reading “No Risk Hummus!”