Amish Cookies

This is the face of a monster. Merciless. This is a face that destroys on a whim. Unyielding. This is a face that -without pause- devastates the entire population… Of cookie jars. This is my cookie monster baby. Allow me to illustrate.  The Evil Genius and I went to Houston before Christmas and the boys’ [Read On]

Basic Chicken Stock and Asian Chicken Stock

Let’s talk chicken stock. Do you keep it handy?  Having chicken stock around is like owning a black dress or a pair of red shoes; it’s just something you have to have to have and it makes you feel good. The best chicken stock is made in  your own kitchen.  You can control the final [Read On]

Homemade Mascarpone

A Tale of Two Mascarpones: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was [Read On]

Blueberry Tiramisu

Truthfully, this dessert should be called ‘Why I almost ceased being a dog-owner’. But I’ll start at the beginning… A good friend -who shall remain unnamed since she played hooky from work to come play in the kitchen with me- and I spent a couple hours working on this masterpiece. We made the ladyfingers from [Read On]

Homemade Cultured Buttermilk

I use a lot of buttermilk.  And by ‘a lot’ I mean a ton.  Many of my baked goods contain buttermilk.  Much of my salad dressing uses buttermilk.  And The Evil Genius?  He drinks buttermilk. *  We go through a lot of the stuff.  And I may have mentioned that I live in the middle [Read On]

Homemade Hummus

I spent nearly seven years as a vegetarian; those years were spent subsisting mainly on hummus, cheese and big green salads. I long ago enthusiastically re-entered the omnivore world* but still spend a great deal of time conveying hummus to my mouth on various crudites and pita chips. Hummus is the first rite of spring [Read On]

Mediterranean Hummus Pizza and Pre-Baked Pizza Crusts

The recipe I am about to share with you is, emphatically, not ‘Dude Food’.  Oh sure, guys will eat it.  They’ll like it, maybe even love it.  But this is designed with me in mind, and I, quite emphatically, did not want ‘Dude Food’ today. It was bright and sunny and warm and altogether spring-like [Read On]

Homemade Essential Oil Air Fresheners

Have you ever noticed that males of all species have a tendency to (How can I put this delicately?) be malodorous? I’m talking from a position of knowledge and experience here; I have a husband, five sons, and two male dogs.  We also have chickens and a cat. My boys tromp all over the yard [Read On]