Scots Bannock

Leif was really looking forward to dinner Wednesday night.  He loves ham (“the pink meat”), garlic bubble bread and homemade pasta.  But he adores ice cream and anything that goes with it.  I had planned this meal to please him particularly.    ” But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be [Read On]

Mojito Slushies

This is liquid cool.  And I need to cool down badly.     For those who don’t know me very well this post requires a little back history.  I’ll try to keep it brief.   Last year, feeling cramped with five kids, two dogs, a fish and a cat we decided to move from the 1400 square foot [Read On]

Grilled Pizza Dough Throwdown: Part III The finale Fried Pizza Dough

I fully expected that Peter Reinhart’s grilled pizza dough (based on the famed Il Forno grilled pizzas) would spank my semolina dough six ways from Sunday.  Here’s the thing, though…   It didn’t.    Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not saying mine was superior. I have a long way to go before I can come near [Read On]

Grilled Pizza Dough Throwdown: Part II Mise En Place

  To recap:    In my first pizza dough throwdown post I pitted Peter Reinhart’s grilled pizza dough from “My American Pie” against my very own Foodie With Family semolina grilled pizza dough recipe.  The dough was prepared rested in the fridge overnight.   Now we move on to preparing the pizza.    Making sure you have everything [Read On]

Grilled Pizza Dough Throwdown: Part I Semolina Grilled Pizza Dough

I am, as you may have noticed, powerfully obsessed with pizza. The quest for the perfect pizza recipe is one that has dogged me my entire cooking life.  I’ve made so many pizza dough variations that I’ve now lost track.  Beer, semolina, all purpose flour, high gluten flour, whole grain flour, extra virgin olive oil, [Read On]

Quick Mason Jar Iced Coffee

I love iced coffee.  My iced coffee proclivity is an anomaly because I’m not a daily coffee drinker.  When the mercury climbs, though, there’s something about a frothy, sweet, chocolaty , icy coffee that really rings my chimes.  I started making my own because the ones sold by most restaurants were too sweet for my tastes, [Read On]

So easy a four year old can make it…

In my column for the Record-Eagle last week I put my recipe for yogurt dill dip.  I got some really nice feedback from a reader who had recently been diagnosed with celiac disease and had been looking for a Ranch-type dressing and dip that she could eat without adverse reactions.  The dip fit the bill!  [Read On]

I love beurre manie!

For years, whenever I made any kind of stew or meat dish that required first braising the meat and then thickening the sauce, I used the flour and water method—mix some flour with some water, whisk or shake well to remove lumps, and slowly pour into the hot broth a few minutes before the dish [Read On]