Val’s Berry Cinnamon Rolls

  We have had an exceptional summer for wild berries up here. The upper peninsula has had several years of drought in a row, affecting both wild and domestic berry growth. But this past year brought lots of snow with plenty of rain following. Bumper crops of wild berries all around us, near our home [Read On]

Cornmeal Blueberry Muffin Souffle

Well, remember those blueberry cornmeal muffins from my earlier post last week? The last time I made those, I made a LOT. More than our guests could decently eat in the time they were with us, and more than we could handle all on our lonesome. My freezer would not allow any more foodstuffs to be stored, [Read On]

Slow-cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca

In today’s Record-Eagle column, I ran a recipe for Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding.  (I’ll link to the full column when I’m back from vacation, but in the meantime the recipe is posted below.) Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca This pudding takes the perennial favorite tapioca pudding and dresses it up. Served warm, it’ll heat you up [Read On]

Mango Custard

Mangoes…I love them…just have a hard time finding a good one at times.   The first time I ate a mango, it was somewhat underripe, and actually cutting the mango up was a little bit frustrating, due to the monster pit waiting inside that lovely yellow flesh. But even under-ripe, the fruit was delicious, and [Read On]

It’s a Yummy Earth.

My sister Jessamine’s kids have severe food allergies.  The last time I had a peek at the list of no-no foods it included soy, corn, dairy, gluten, wheat, chemical preservatives and chemical dyes, among other things.  Those of you who spend as much time as I do staring at and clucking over product labels will recognize [Read On]

Ice Box Nutella and Peanut Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches

The secret  is this:  Almost everything is improved by the presence of Nutella.  You know the stuff, right?     I was first introduced to the creamy, hazelnutty, chocolately heaven-in-a-bottle way back in the day when I was an exchange student in La Belle France.  There was a bakery where you could actually bring your [Read On]

Blueberry Crisp and How to Freeze Blueberries

“One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry. Hat berry, shoe berry in my canoeberry. Under the bridge and over the dam. Looking for berries.  Berries for jam!” from ‘Jamberry’ by Bruce Degen     It’s blueberry season!  Find a local U-Pick place, grab your large kitchen bowls and get yourself some blue gold.      [Read On]

Peanut Butter Cookie Chocolate Malt Ice Cream

When we finished up our end of the school year testing a couple weeks ago we were due for a celebration.  The boys, after a great deal of discussion over lunch, decided to celebrate by putting together their own picnic.  Because really; what do you do immediately after eating?  You plan a picnic, of course.   They [Read On]