A Tutorial on Using Dried Beans

Ah wonderful beans.  We all love them for their taste.  I love them for their nutrition.  My boys love them for their, er, musical properties.

UPDATE (12/10) :Since first writing this post almost two years ago, I have been experimenting with different ways to cook beans.  While I still use the crockpot method most often, I have changed on something.  I use salt at the beginning of the cooking time.  Really!  It doesn’t slow down the cooking of the beans…

Read More »

Basic Jook (a.k.a. Juk, Congee or Rice Porridge)

This is my comfort food.  This makes me very, very happy.

My boys gave me a cold this week.  I cannot tell you the joy this gives me.  Not because I love slobbering and running from the nose, eyes and every other mucus membrane on my head.  I’m just relieved that I got it from them instead of the other way around.  That way there is no…

Read More »

Greek Quinoa Salad

quinoa-tower

Right.  Let me get this out of the way now.  This post is going to be short and sweet.  Actually short and savory.  My water heater has been broken since the wee hours of Saturday morning and  I’m afraid that if I stay in one place too long (to type a wordy post, par example)…

Read More »

Warm Quinoa Pilaf

corrected-exposure-pilaf

Contrary to what you might assume from the recent lack of posting, we have not dropped from the face of the Earth.  I have merely been draped over the couch in my jammies with stacks of books, knitting needles and yarn, empty cookie plates and dirty dishes piling up around me.    I have spent the last…

Read More »

Golden Crunchy Pickled Onions: Foodie Christmas Gift #7

crunchy-pickled-onion-rings

These golden rings of crunchy, flavorful pickled onions are just about the perfect thing for topping salads or roast meat sandwiches,  adding a unique touch and pop of color to buffet spreads and antipasto trays, and accompanying cold meat loaf.  Plus, when you’ve fished the very last onion ring out of the jar, the leftover oniony,…

Read More »

Mandazi

img_0050

When I read Beccy’s post yesterday, it immediately triggered a memory from my college years–well, my second round of college years. I had originally gone to college right after high school, but in my sophomore year, it was required that we declare a major, and I had NO idea what I wanted to focus on…

Read More »

Pickled Plums

Picture is a little fuzzy, but I think you can see how lovely these are; that is a bit of bay leaf and a bit of vanilla bean lying across the top of the jar.

  I am sure that many of you are aware of Tastespotting, a site that serves to display pictures submitted by other websites; and these are not just ANY pictures–these are pictures selected to meet a certain aesthetic, and they are absolutely beautiful. For those of you not familiar with this resource, you can link…

Read More »