Papa’s Homemade Hooch: Homemade Ginger Ale.

For a multitude of reasons I don’t buy soda.   Please don’t get me wrong. I’m not going all judgy-judgerton on soda.  It’s just that over the years, I have gotten to where I don’t really like most of it.  It’s just too derned sweet for me.  Once a year or so I’ll grab a [Read On]

Bananas Brûlée

I have not fallen from the face of the Earth.  I’ve had what you might refer to as an exceedingly busy week.  Homeschooling the boys, running them to various and sundry activities, major home construction projects (…aaaand what’s new there?  Not much…), cooking three meals a day for the whole family, testing recipes, etc… That’s [Read On]

Homemade Tortilla Chips Two Ways

Sometimes a gal just needs something good and greasy and salty to make her feel everything is right with the world.  This past weekend was one of those moments.  With the vehic-ules on the semi-permanent fritz, not being able to grocery shop in person (“No, honey.  I know chocolate chips are expensive, but please get [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]

Colcannon Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes: Part II of a St. Patrick’s Day Feast!

I don’t know what’s going on with my computer today, but half of my photos are out of whack.  Please pretend they’re all centered.  Thank you.   Colcannon: Mashed potatoes studded with tender cabbage or kale, onions, salt, pepper, butter and cream.  Oh my. It’s the stuff of dreams.  This wondrous concotion graces our St. Patrick’s [Read On]

Guinness and Cheddar Potted Cheese: Part I of a St. Patrick’s Day Feast!

Update:  Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.  I made a mistake on the quantities for the recipe.  It should’ve read ’1 pound extra sharp cheddar’.  A friend pointed out that her cheese ended up ‘pourable’.  My apologies and this recipe can be saved by adding an additional 1/2 pound of cheddar and re-processing or blending.  It [Read On]

Purple Cow Smoothies

It is simply gorgeous outside here today.  And for that reason, I will not be long winded here.  (And there was much rejoicing…)  My kids are standing on the porch, pressing their faces against the window asking me when I’ll be out.  They’re also waiting for their smoothies so I have to make like a bird [Read On]

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

May I talk to you for a moment about cake?  I have a love/hate thing going with cake.  When I was a kid I disliked cake.  My poor mother.  I asked for a pie every year for my birthday and my Mom has what borders on piecrust making phobia.  I was a selfish little child. After much contemplating [Read On]