Celery Soda


I have to admit that Celery Soda is not exactly a normal sounding recipe.  While watching Alton Brown whip together this recipe on Good Eats, my first thought was, “Celery WHAT?”  My incredulity notwithstanding, the idea took hold. And boy did it ever take hold.  My brain kept trying to imagine how a syrup steeped…

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Ham and Cheese Bites


This past weekend I officially became my mother. If you’ve been reading me for a while, you’re aware that I am the eldest child in a large family that includes a baby sister.  This baby sister of mine is still in high school.  Sadly, she is not hopelessly stupid.  No, she’s in high school because…

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Blueberry Frozen Yogurt


The following is a partial re-print of my column that appeared in today’s Record-Eagle. ~~~   ~~~ The Evil Genius oftentimes has been asked, frequently in my presence, how he avoids weighing 500 pounds eating my cooking. His response has been to grab his belly, moan a little bit, and say “I could easily!” He slid…

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Homemade Grand Marnier Clone


Mmmmm. Oranges.  I love them.  Dearly. I’ve even been known to eat the peels of oranges, candied or not; minus the pith, of course! Orange is one of my favorite flavors to add to baked goods, hot drinks, custards, and more.  Sometimes that’s easily accomplished by squeezing a little wedge of orange into or over…

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Cream of Broccoli Soup and DIY Crème Fraîche


Did you know there’s a fan page for Foodie With Family on Facebook?  Do you have any idea how lame I feel saying that?  Seriously.  But one exists, and it’s *blush* pretty fun for me.  I love talking with all of you.  Thank you all for weighing in on the ‘what do I post next’…

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One Hour Sandwich Bread


Can you think of any scent more bewitching than that of fresh bread baking in the oven?  It is nearly impossible to concentrate when I smell it. While the bread bakes my brain rummages through its box of all my favorite ways to eat a loaf hot from the oven; Should it be blueberry jam?…

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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