Papa’s Homemade Hooch: Homemade Ginger Ale.

For a multitude of reasons I don’t buy soda.   Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not going all judgy-judgerton on soda.  It’s just that over the years, I have gotten to where I don’t really like most of it.  It’s just too derned sweet for me.  Once a year or so I’ll grab a [Read On]

Bananas Brûlée

I have not fallen from the face of the Earth.  I’ve had what you might refer to as an exceedingly busy week.  Homeschooling the boys, running them to various and sundry activities, major home construction projects (…aaaand what’s new there?  Not much…), cooking three meals a day for the whole family, testing recipes, etc… That’s [Read On]

Spicy Corn and Black Bean Salad

Oh mercy.  The  Honyaks, The Evil Genius and I are all so sugared out from Easter candy that  it’s not even funny.  We’re all draped over pieces of furniture craving fresh fruits and veggies and some decently Spring-like days.  At this point we’d all settle for a sunny day without the -30°F winds.  Cripes!  It’s April, already.  So [Read On]

Yooper Pickled Hot Pepper Eggs: B&B Style

    I have a problem.  Every single year a couple of days before Easter I tell myself I won’t go crazy on the egg-dying.  And every year I go nuts.  I remember sitting at our big old trestle table when I was a kid and decorating for hours.  My Mom is not a do-the-holidays-halfway [Read On]

Homemade Tortilla Chips Two Ways

Sometimes a gal just needs something good and greasy and salty to make her feel everything is right with the world.  This past weekend was one of those moments.  With the vehic-ules on the semi-permanent fritz, not being able to grocery shop in person (“No, honey.  I know chocolate chips are expensive, but please get [Read On]

Provence White Bean Puree

If you were around yesterday you may have a pot of beans hanging out in your fridge waiting for you. If you are scratching your head and saying, “Huh?” just click here and then rejoin us. It’s okay. We’ll wait…In the meantime, those of us who have beanpots in hand can enjoy this lovely ditty [Read On]

A Tutorial on Using Dried Beans

UPDATE (12/10) :Since first writing this post almost two years ago, I have been experimenting with different ways to cook beans.  While I still use the crockpot method most often, I have changed on something.  I use salt at the beginning of the cooking time.  Really!  It doesn’t slow down the cooking of the beans [Read On]

Eggs in A Basket: Baked Eggs in Toast Cups with Melty Cheese

Update:  This recipe was submitted as an entry in the NYC Eggland’s Best Recipe contest… Yesterday, Bacon Toffee.  Today?  Eggs in a Basket.  Bacon and eggs.  See?  I’m practical… And this dish?  It hits all the right buttons. It is flavorful, cheap, easy to prepare, simple to customize, cheap, and kid friendly.  And did I mention [Read On]