Category Archives: Recipes

Takeout-Style Orange Sichuan Chicken

I don’t always want to cook dinner. Neither do you. That’s why someone brilliant came up with the idea of takeout. You get the freshness of a just-prepared meal without either cooking or actually having to spend a whole meal at a restaurant. In fact, since you only have to run out of your car to pick it up, you can save even more valuable ... Read More »

DCist’s Salty Oats

There was a great episode of Recipe for Success, a show on the Food Network, that featured the creator of a cookie called Salty Oats. They are oatmeal raisin cookies, sprinkled with salt, instead of having it mixed into the batter. Though the saltiness isn’t approaching levels to qualify this as a “salty snack”, it does bring it to the front of the palate, instead ... Read More »

Fresh Cranberry Orange Scones

The tartness of fresh cranberries with the tart-sweetness of orange juice on a buttery background makes these really bright breakfast treats. Well, that just sounds like a description that you’d find in a catalogue, doesn’t it? Even better, it’s true! Drop scones are always fun to make because they’re just so simple to miz and there is no shaping required. Put everything into a bowl, ... Read More »

Honey and Saffron Loaf

I am a big fan of Paul Hollywood. Not only is he a fabulous baker with some amazing recipes, he is great at explaining techiniques and method. On camera, he virtually always mixes with his hands, not using so much as a spoon, let alone an electeic mixer. His kneading is impressively and skillfully done – sometimes one handed! Paul must have been one of ... Read More »

Oatmeal Bran Muffins

When the holidays come around, like many people, I find myself riding waves of excess. Specifically, excesses of sugar and salt. I don’t find that I have this problem when I am chiefly eating things that I have made myself, even when those things are cookies and cakes. Eating lots of very sweet things – like leftover Halloween candy – makes me crave salt. An ... Read More »

Maple Pumpkin Butter

Sugar and spice are exactly what is nice about pumpkin butter. Well, maple syrup and spices. Pumpkin butter is my favorite, but apple butter is a close second. Some stores carry jarred fruit butters, including pumpkin, apple, cherry, apricot and others, if you don’t want to make your own. Fruit butter is smoother, creamier and less sweet than jam. more concentrated fruitiness. It is a ... Read More »

Dirt Cups

The best part about being, say, under the age of 11 is that you get to order off the kid’s menu in restaurants. The main course offerings of kid’s menu are not the terribly exciting. In fact, many such menus are limited to plain hamburgers, grilled cheese and french fries. No, the thing that makes me nostalgic is the free dessert that comes along with ... Read More »

Tuna Ceviche

When you’re celebrating a cat’s birthday, like Clare is celebrating Kiri’s birthday this weekend, it is probably a good idea to put fish on the menu. I love my cats, but I’m not about to go out and purchase a big piece of sushi grade Ahi tuna for them. I bought this for human consumption, but in the spirit of Kiri’s birthday, I did give ... Read More »

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