Bourbon and Vanilla Infused Sugar

My friend Pamela is a good person to know. She knits the most amazing things. She sews like an angel and can sing your pants off*. *Make that sings like an angel and can sew your pants on. Really. She could probably sing while sewing on your pants and knitting you a sweater. She’s good [Read On]

Corned Beef Hash

I love Corned Beef Hash. Have you ever played the “What would you eat for your final meal” game? This is on my list. It’s nearly impossible to go too far wrong when you combine corned beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, salt and pepper.  But a sublime Corned Beef Hash is a thing of beauty. The [Read On]

Roesti (Swiss Crispy Potato Pancake)

This post is, in part, a reprint of my column that ran in the Record-Eagle on Thursday. What is it about sledding hills that brings out the Evel Knievel in children? My boys -who have a rather nicely developed sense of self-preservation- become more than just a little reckless when you stand them at the [Read On]

Six Week Bran Cereal Muffins

I got a bit of an unpleasant surprise while reading cereal box ingredient lists at the store the other day. Let me back-track for just a moment or two, though.  For years upon years upon years, drawing close to a decade and a half, I’ve been making a particular bran muffin.  More of a Bran-ish [Read On]

Bacon Jam (a.k.a. Oooh-Mommy! Jam)

You know food is going to make you happy when it smiles at you.  (Probably could’ve made a buck selling a smiling egg yolk on eBay, but honey?  There was no way I was walking away from this breakfast.  And even if I did, there were twelve people waiting to take over the job for [Read On]

How to Render Duck Fat and Make Duck Cracklins

“Duck fat!  Hoo ha ha!…*” *Like Shark Bait, Hoo Ha ha! from ‘Finding Nemo’. “crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck. NO GOOSE!”  went the chant from my children who  -just two hours before- were making wet gaggy noises while watching me break down a duck into breasts, leg and thigh portions and [Read On]

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

[First published in November 2009] I’ve received lovely notes from many of you inquiring after my absence here.  First, let me thank you all for caring enough to ask.  Second, let me explain why I’m reposting this. My husband and I have visited his Aunt Patti in the Houston Heights area the last couple years [Read On]

Finnish Oven Pancakes (Pannukakku)

There is a certain type of weather that requires you to fire up your oven;  To combine flour, butter, eggs, milk and various other good things and apply heat. There is something in the low temperatures or rain or snow that obliges you to create baked goods and then eat them.  Since I am a [Read On]