Viennese Rounds: Foodie Christmas Gift #6

The first time I had these cookies was in the home of a friend in a little college town I lived in for several years. Houghton, NY was the town, and Barbara Woolsey was the friend.  We have lost touch with each other since I left Houghton several years ago, but every time I make [Read On]

Browned Butter Cardamom Cookies: Foodie Christmas Gift #5

First, let me apologize for the continued lack of pictures. As soon as I have camera action again, we’ll get pictures of these up.   One of my favorite Christmas cookies to eat or to give claims many lines of descent:  Swedish nut balls, Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding cakes–I know I’m missing some other [Read On]

Simple (and Frugal!) Homemade Hot Chocolate: Foodie Christmas Gift #3

Years ago, when I first was looking seriously into making homemade gifts for sharing at Christmas, I stumbled across a newsletter that had recently begun publication–a housewife in Maine had started sharing ideas on frugality (a.k.a. “tightwaddery”) and I was hooked on some of those ideas from the very beginning. Amy Dacyczyn and all of [Read On]

Grandma’s English Toffee: Foodie Christmas Gift #2.

Foodie With Family Gift #2:  Grandma’s English Toffee   English Toffee.  In it’s simplest and most refined form it is the perfect marriage of butter, sugar and chocolate.  And my Grandma’s toffee is toffee at it’s best.  I’m not bragging.  I’m stating a fact.  The toffee itself has only two ingredients: butter and sugar.  She tops it [Read On]

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Christmas time is my favorite part of the year.  It’s full of seasonal beauty, generosity, kindness, and family.  If you’re like me you have an arm-length list of people to whom you want to give gifts: the kids, parents, friends, extended family, mail carrier, neighbors, U.P.S. guy, pastor, and so on down the line. Are you wondering [Read On]

Thor, the overheated rooster…

For those of you reading our blog who don’t live in Traverse City, Michigan, I’ve reprinted this week’s Foodie With Family column.  Enjoy!   No chicken recipes here But we sure do love our eggs     Last spring marked our first foray into the area of “keeping” animals. We have had a dog or [Read On]

Oeufs en Cocotte

Be sure to read all the way through to the bottom.  We’re doing another $50 gift card giveaway and the details are after the recipes…   Val and I were discussing food I know, what’s new, right? over the phone the other day.  We were talking about some of the requests we had during our [Read On]

Harry Potter Butter Beer

In today’s Record-Eagle column I ran the following recipe for Vanilla Simple Syrup.   Vanilla Simple Syrup   Once you make this you’ll find all sorts of reasons to keep it handy. We put about 1 1/2 ounces in the bottom of a tall glass and top it off with cold plain seltzer for a [Read On]