2 05, 2020

Sonker. Not sinker. Sonker.


Sonkers need to be served with great vanilla ice cream A tiny smidgen of silver to line the COVID-19 cloud: The "homely arts" are reappearing as a treasured part of daily life. Not saying I like what's going on--I don't, not at all--or that I wouldn't really like to have my old life back, right about now, but [...]

Sonker. Not sinker. Sonker.2020-05-03T10:08:39-07:00
22 04, 2020

Herbal sandwich buns


Using these rolls as they were meant: Hamburgers I've been baking bread and inventing bread recipes since I was about 9 years old; it's one of my favorite kitchen chores, although I rarely have time for it. COVID-19, however, is making me a lot more conscious of wasting less and making more, instead of just heading for the [...]

Herbal sandwich buns2020-04-19T16:25:30-07:00
15 04, 2020

Banana nut pantry muffins


I made 14 of these little gems yesterday with pantry leftovers. They're going fast. Produce aisles turn me into a health nut. The sight of all those vitamin-bursting fruits and veggies, piled high in glowing harlequin pyramids, sends me straight into irrationality. "Lessee...Monday we'll steam the broccoli rabe and fix a fresh strawberry mousse with raspberry puree for [...]

Banana nut pantry muffins2020-04-13T10:38:44-07:00
28 10, 2019

Comfort food: Black Walnut Ice Cream


Black walnut ice cream, chunky-full of nuts and smelling like heaven Most people wouldn't put black walnut ice cream and "delicious" together. Black walnuts may LOOK like English walnuts, but the very first bite mugs your mouth with a musky, who-died-on-my-tongue putrescence. eating ICE CREAM with those things? "Spit me out, NOW." Ignore your yammering brain and [...]

Comfort food: Black Walnut Ice Cream2019-10-28T11:20:50-07:00
21 10, 2019

Comfort food: Stalking the Wild Hungarian Mushroom Soup


Tonight's version of Hungarian Mushroom soup included crimini, oyster, and shiitake mushrooms. Plus a LOT of sour cream. I hadn't lived in Portland long before my friends Joel and Jim flew in for a visit. They announced--two minutes after arrival--that "We're taking you for Hungarian Mushroom Soup." That was my introduction to an incredible soup at a place [...]

Comfort food: Stalking the Wild Hungarian Mushroom Soup2019-10-21T13:25:30-07:00
18 10, 2019

Comfort food: Hominy casserole


I was GONNA take a picture of the hominy casserole, fresh out of the oven in all its glory...but it didn't last that long. You couldn't say my ex-mother-in-law and I got along, exactly, but I'd be the last to criticize her cooking. She could make cardboard stew delicious...mostly because her three favorite ingredients were sour cream, butter, [...]

Comfort food: Hominy casserole2019-10-18T12:20:14-07:00
29 07, 2017

Did she bake a cherry pie, Billy boy, Billy boy?


If you added up all my blogposts since 2003, you’d have something like 7,200 separate articles. Only about 650 are actually searchable on right now. Tried to import the rest, but so far can’t figure out a way to do that without spamming the heck out of the 1,500 or so subscribers who asked to be notified when I [...]

Did she bake a cherry pie, Billy boy, Billy boy?2020-03-02T07:45:08-08:00
4 08, 2016

Fruitsicles and how to make them


Fruitsicles--fresh fruit puree popsicles in push-up tube bags-were a delicious accident on my road to sorbet...and a great way to use summer fruit. They're also relatively good for you; you get the vitamin C, fiber, and all the calcium, iron, magnesium, etc., found in fresh fruit for a measly 47 calories per fruitsicle (52 cal for wineberry, probably 60 cal [...]

Fruitsicles and how to make them2017-07-03T14:27:05-07:00
24 12, 2014

Salted hazelnut toffee with chocolate


My friend Carol will tell you I am NOT a cook, and she's right. Cooks invent new ways to turn daily caloric input into stuff I can only dream about (unless Carol invites me over for dinner, because Carol is a cook). Me? Food geek. Food geeks could care less about daily meals, but give us a challenge, or slip [...]

Salted hazelnut toffee with chocolate2017-12-24T10:18:53-08:00
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