Dirty Chai | Make Ahead Mondays

Dirty chai sounds kind of wrong, doesn’t it? In a sense, really, it is. It’s the marriage of tea and coffee. …And in another sense, it’s a metaphor for my marriage. I am a tea drinker. My husband is a coffee drinker. In fact, he never voluntarily drank tea until he met me. I lived [Read On]

Sriracha Lime Salt | Make Ahead Mondays

We are a popcorn family. We eat at least one batch every day. That is not as random a declaration as it sounds. It’ll become important in a moment… This is Sriracha Salt. It is exactly what it sounds like: Sriracha + Salt. It is -in essence- two of my best loved kitchen friends in [Read On]

Julio Sauce and Julio Tots | Make Ahead Mondays Cornell University Food Truck Style

  I mentioned in my Cuban Sandwiches post that my mom, Free Range Nana, and my sister, Jessamine, and I went to Cornell University to visit my baby sister, Airlia. What I failed to mention in that post is that Airlia is not just my sister, she is a braniac. Want proof? Here she is [Read On]

Cheesy Spinach Puffs

  Today has  been a Monday kind of Friday. I overslept, didn’t get to my tea until ten this morning, then dropped and broke a plate. I started writing this post earlier, got about two-thirds of the way through it and then somehow or another, the internet pixies deleted it. I know I didn’t hit [Read On]

Big Batch Crisp Topping and Any Fruit Crisps | Make Ahead Mondays

Desserts are the big to-do. The thing over which you slave for hours or -in some cases- even days and present with a flourish to ooooohs and aaaahs. I’m as guilty of that as the next food-obsessed gal, from time to time. But really? Desserts are supposed to be a relaxing thing. Grab a spoon [Read On]

Thai Red Curry Shrimp with Coconut Rice (How to Freeze Rice) | Make Ahead Mondays

    My husband doesn’t like curry. …Or at least he SAYS he doesn’t  like curry. He claims it makes him belchy. (Since when did that deter him, I ask…) This is one of my eternal frustrations because I do like it. A lot. It goes both ways.  My husband adores angel hair pasta cooked [Read On]

Three In One Pears: Canning Ginger Pears, Dark Ginger Pear Syrup, and Pear Juice | Make Ahead Mondays

It is officially harvest time and officially fall and I am officially so excited about it that I’m about to explode. This is high gear food preservation season for me. I have an ant-and-grasshopper parable complex and I start flying around stuffing things maniacally into jars. My benchmark -and you may have heard me mention [Read On]

Grape Pie Filling and Grape Pie | Make Ahead Mondays

  I’ve been blessed to have the chance to move around a little bit in this great country of ours and see a bit of the world. Although I’ve lived in rural Western New York longer than I have anywhere else, I was born a Michigan girl and I believe I’ll always identify myself as [Read On]