When we travel, I love to research local foods and try them out. It’s funny that I don’t put the same effort in close to home. Boston baked beans? Never had em’. Boston Cream
Cake Pie, not so much. Being in New England I do enjoy some classics like “chowda”, but I am going to make it a mission to try out some more of my own regional specialties (is it too early for a New Year’s Resolution?) Now I just need to figure out what they are and make a list!
These cornmeal griddle cakes are a version of johnnycakes, originating in Rhode Island. Regretfully, even living so close by, I never enjoyed these tasty pancake alternatives. They are kind of a flat cornbread cooked on a griddle. They come together super fast, so we were even able to enjoy these on a weekday morning. Continue reading
So I went black friday shopping. Starting at midnight until 8 a.m. I’ll be honest, I can’t roll like that anymore. I heard a rumor that the rest of Friday happened, but I wouldn’t know. However we snagged some good deals and had lots of laughs as a group.
So today I’ll attempt to cyber shop. In the past Cyber Monday hasn’t impressed me much, but I’ve seen some good deals this year. This being a cooking blog, I thought it would be appropriate to make a list of my favorite kitchen items. I think any of them would make a wonderful holiday gift. Continue reading
Who’s already done their shopping for Thanksgiving? My oldest dear daughter had her 12th birthday party this weekend and I admit I haven’t thought too much past that. (Except I did sneak in a few moments to share my dark chocolate pecan tart.) Now I’ll be one of the many braving the supermarket crowds the next few days.
It’s time for another mystery dish challenge! Our November mystery dish ingredients were chosen by Krista over at JoyfulHealthyEats. I used goat cheese, rosemary, coriander and puff pastry to create a yummy appetizer.
Do you have any recipes that you only make once a year? For me, things like Easter Bread and this tart I only make for a specific holiday. Which is funny, because we enjoy them so much, but I just don’t think to crank out the ol’ pecans unless it’s Thanksgiving.
For years I have considered changing up my recipe to eliminate the Karo Syrup, replacing it with a more natural less refined alternative. I was concerned about using honey because it has a much stronger, sweeter taste than corn syrup. So this year I took the plunge, and I am quite happy to report the either ingredient works beautifully.
It is the season of pie. Oddly enough, I never make pie at Thanksgiving, I only make tarts. Why tarts? I think they are a bit prettier than a pie, and for some inexplicable reason; I find it easier. Plus there is a bigger crust to filling ratio. And I don’t know about you, but I mainly eat pies in order to get the crust.
Yes, lots of crust is of supreme importance…
This crust is as easy as can be in the food processor. What do you give up when making a crust in the processor? Flakiness – which is created when the big lumps of butter are smeared together with the flour. The blade cuts the butter up too much. But what do you gain? Time, less mess, greater ease and success. So I am willing to make the sacrifice most of the time. Continue reading
Raise your hand if you like creative ways to use up leftovers! We all have them, a bit of this or that buried in the depths of your freezer. (The ones hidden in the back of your fridge for an uncertain amount of time , I’m sorry to say no fancy recipe can save). So that’s why I’m sure to package up and freeze even the smallest amounts of food. I can almost always can find a use for these small amounts. Continue reading
The countdown begins. Thanksgiving is closing in. Have you planned your holiday menu yet? These sweet potatoes are simple to make yet impressive.
Whip up the maple butter and toast the pecans ahead of time. On that busy Thanksgiving day, just bake up the sweet potatoes. I don’t know about you, but my Thanksgiving mornings are crazy full of preparations (will I ever get to watch that parade with the kids?), so an easy side dish is right up my alley.
I used to work nights, and on the way home in the morning I would stop at that favorite New England coffee spot to get an egg sandwich. It was the only place I could find that still cracked an actual egg for their sandwiches. It still only took them a minute to make it, and I could avoid that spongy processed egg patty found elsewhere. You can imagine my distress one day when I found they had messed with my sandwich.
So now if I want a real egg sandwich, I have to make it myself. Fortunately these come together super quick, since I have homemade sausages and homemade
dinner roll slider buns stashed in the freezer. Continue reading
My children are obsessed with cottage cheese. I bought a package on a whim recently and they are enamored. Eating it unadorned, simply on a spoon. Well, that was boring the pants off this mama, so I decided it crank things up a few notches.
These sweet mini peppers are a bit deceiving, the red ones certainly look like they could pack a punch, but they are just as sweet as their larger cousins. None of my children like peppers, so I was quite curious about their reaction. Although they wanted to just eat the stuffing (dip? stuffing? both!) I insisted they try it inside the pepper. Two loved it. The other?
Dipped zucchini sticks into the cottage cheese filling instead. It’s a win either way, don’t you think? Continue reading