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]

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

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 On]

Ultimate Glazed Corned Beef: Part III of a St. Patrick’s Day Feast!

I know I promised to deliver this recipe, but I have a good reason for pushing if off until today and it only requires one sentence of explanation.  I have five kids and they all had a 24 hour stomach bug.  Oh yeah.  I think that says it all, right? Today, however, the sun is [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]

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]

Hot Lemon Shrub

Several years ago I got into the Aubrey/Maturin series of books by Patrick O’Brian.  And by ‘got into’ I mean that I obsessively read all twenty one books (including the unfinished one)  back to back so quickly that I can’t remember what happened in which novel.  There was hardly a moment when one of O’Brian’s books left [Read On]

Bacon Toffee

Did you see the Maple Bacon Cake over on Thursday Night Smackdown?  Michelle, the proprietress of TNS, is a true lover of the bacon and made ample use of bacon toffee on her cake.  I’ve been meaning to make a sweet bacon dish for about a year.  A few months ago sweet bacon recipes started [Read On]