Eggnog Liqueur

If I were to list the five foods that I thought of as being most representative of Thanksgiving and Christmas I’d wager that my list would be pretty similar to those chosen by most North Americans; cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, turkey, cookies and eggnog.  And while I love each of those foods individually, my heart [Read On]

Spanakopita Dip

When is a dip not just a dip?  When it’s something transcendental.  When it’s born to be a superstar. When it’s…  Spanakopita Dip.  (And that is NOT anticlimactic.  It isn’t.  Let me expound.) Spanakopita Dip is the dip that can do it all. A meal-of-a-dip full of spinach, studded with feta cheese, garlic, onions and [Read On]

Dill-icious Greek Yogurt Dip

This is the cook’s time of year -the holiday season; the time when we pull out all the stops in our culinary repertoires.  This is when cooks everywhere extend themselves to create the most spectacular and succulent savories and sweets that they can possibly turn out of their kitchen.  It is time to ‘wow’ your [Read On]

Vietnamese Yogurt

Hey!  We have a giveaway this week.  Details are after the recipe.  Stick with me, it’s worthwhile and will make your upcoming holiday baking projects sing! We are currently in Week Three of a full-immersion ‘get-to-know-influenza’ unit study of our homeschool.  One, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. We like to space things out [Read On]

Roasted Crispy Cheese Potatoes

  Just look at the potatoes in that picture.  Those spuds are the embodiment of everything a potato should be; mahogany and crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, blanketed with nutty brown butter and crusted with toasted cheese.  Those potatoes are good enough that they would’ve made Dr. Atkins repent of his low-carb [Read On]

Peanut Butter Pebble Pie

This is the story of a pie.  A pie made by a woman who calls herself a “utilitarian, church pot-luck cook”.  She says it like an apology.  Like the soul-satisfying, hearty fare that she creates to nourish every stray  -both human and animal- that crosses her path is anything less than wonderful.  As though the [Read On]

Pumpkin Pots de Crème

I’m exceptionally fond of combining my obsessions. Sometimes it’s not so great.  Take Homer Simpson’s fabled “Nuts and Gum”,  par example… Sometimes, however, it works great. When you put together dark chocolate ganache and pie crust you get Dark Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  A happy accident if ever there was one… I might’ve mentioned that I’m [Read On]

Apple Cider and Beer Braised Pot Roast

It’s finally Fall.  I wait all year for this; pumpkins, scarlet maple leaves, blustery wind, butternut squash, grey clouds with bits of brilliant blue peeking through, hay bales, mega-bags of miniature chocolate bars (the best size for stashing in my apron pockets to cover ‘mommy-emergencies’), weather that justifies hours-long baking sessions, wool sock and scarf [Read On]