Never-ending Vanilla Sugar: Foodie Gift #17

A jar of vanilla sugar is one of the most underrated and sublime items to keep in your pantry.  A sprinkle on top of cookies or muffins, or in coffee or tea takes something that’s already good and transforms it into something amazing.  If you’re wondering how to procure this ambrosia I have a couple pieces [Read On]

Provençal Fish en Cocotte with Garlicky Tomato Sauce

My Dad called me up the other day and gave me a piece of his mind.  “Where are the healthy recipes for folks with dietary restrictions like me?  Your stuff looks great, but there’s a lot there I can’t eat.  People need healthier recipes, too.”   “Sure, Dad,” said I.  I offered to get to it [Read On]

Christmas Pickles (a.k.a. Fire and Ice Pickles…) Foodie Gift #14

Have you seen ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Bean’?  I love Mr. Bean.  If I weren’t married to the suave and debonair Evil Genius I might have a crush on Mr. Bean.  I’m just that kind of dork.  And one of my favorite Mr. Bean lines ever comes from this , my favorite,  episode.   Can someone please [Read On]

Why I do what I do…

I had someone ask me an interesting question today in church.  It’s not something that is foreign to me.  In fact, I get asked this question nearly every time I haul all five boys through the grocery store or to the library, doctor’s office, bank, post office, etc…  “Five boys?  Are you going to try [Read On]

Deep, Dark Chocolate Truffle Brownie Bites: Foodie Gift #10

It is only fair to warn you that if you give these as gifts or take these to cookie exchanges that you will most likely be expected to repeat the performance every year thereafter.  I’ve been making these for a couple years now.  I have a friend, who shall remain unnamed, who hosted a cookie [Read On]

Gingerbread Biscotti With White Chocolate and Nuts or Crystallized Ginger: Foodie Gift #9

  The boys and I spent yesterday afternoon at the home of our friends, the Cooke family.  Dave Cooke is our local United Methodist pastor.  He lives nearby with wife, Heather (the hostess with the mostest), and son, Ben (who says some of the funniest things I’ve ever heard.)      Heather bravely invited my entire crew [Read On]

Fiesta Foodie T.V. Hash: Foodie Christmas Gift #8

  T.V. Hash, Chex Mix, Party Mix, Snack Mix, Nuts and Bolts:  Whatever you call it, it is a holiday classic.  As long as I can remember -starting in childhood and on into my own household- limitless quantities of t.v. hash have been available from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.  We eat so much [Read On]

Golden Crunchy Pickled Onions: Foodie Christmas Gift #7

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 On]