Za’atar Tortilla Strips for Salads and Snacks

I had girlfriends coming over for lunch with kids in tow a couple of weeks ago: girlfriends with lots of kids like me. My plan was to present a GIANT plate of Party Hummus and homemade pita chips. The problem was that it was HOT and I ran out of time and WHADDYAKNOW, no one [Read On]

Homemade Ghee: How and Why You Should Make It, and What It Is

Today, I’m sharing a tutorial with you on how to make one of my favourite all-purpose ingredients: Ghee. Some of you are nodding happily and some of you are saying “jee? gee? whuh?” The simplest explanation of what it is could be summed up as “Heaven in a jar”. What is Ghee? Ghee, pronounced “gee” [Read On]

Perfect, Flaky, Layered Buttermilk Biscuits {tutorial} + how to freeze and bake later

There are times when nothing but a biscuit will do. Drop biscuits are okay, they can fill in the gaps when you are desperate and short on time, but most of the time, what I’m really and truly hankering for is a lofty, perfect, flaky, layered-from-top-to-bottom, golden brown, moist, golden brown, and delicious biscuit. I’m [Read On]

Thai Red Curry Shrimp with Coconut Rice (How to Freeze Rice) | Make Ahead Mondays

    My husband doesn’t like curry. …Or at least he SAYS he doesn’t  like curry. He claims it makes him belchy. (Since when did that deter him, I ask…) This is one of my eternal frustrations because I do like it. A lot. It goes both ways.  My husband adores angel hair pasta cooked [Read On]

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl Layer Cake with Ganache

It’s birthday season around here, as I may have already mentioned once (or twice)… With the exception of the one child who requested shepherd’s pie for his birthday dessert until I informed him he could have it for dinner AND have a proper cake or pie, everyone has asked for something spectacular. Last week was [Read On]

Raclette Dinner and Doctor Who Sleepover

If I could tell you one thing about hosting a sleepover for twelve boys, it’s that “sleepover” is a highly inaccurate way to describe the event. You’d do better to call it a Zombie Apocalypse-over or maybe a Nerf gun war-over, or even a Doctor Who over, but sleepover? Most definitely not. But I’m getting [Read On]

Chicken and Pork Potstickers

Tradition;  that inexplicable tie that binds across generations. It’s the only reasonable way to explain an entire nation of people roasting turkeys on the fourth Thursday of November and grilling on the fourth day of  July.  Without it we would be hard-pressed to justify hundreds of people gathering annually in a tiny town in Pennsylvania [Read On]

A Tutorial on Using Dried Beans

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 On]