Category Archives: Recipes

Self Frosting Nutella Cupcakes

Thank you Donna Hay. If you don’t know who Donna Hay is, imagining a cross between Nigella Lawson and Martha Stewart from Australia will put you in the general vicinity. She is a cook and food stylist with her own lifestyle magazine and bunches of cookbooks, all available the world over. Her recipes are simple and generally unfussy, but always look good enough to be ... Read More »

Orange, Honey and Chipotle Chicken

It’s a good sign when the things you make turn out to look just like the pictures. It’s also a good sign when it tastes as good as it looks. This recipe from Bon Appetit caught my interest in an article about great barbeque. I only made the glaze, instead of additionally marinating the chicken, and used it on both chicken and grilled eggplant slices. ... Read More »

Mexican Chocolate Cookies

Lest you think that I am posting all of Maida Heatter’s recipes, be assured that this one is quite popular. It was published in Saveur magazine earlier this year, too. So I have no qualms about publishing it, again, here. These are icebox cookies, the slice-and-bake variety of cookies that are great to have in your freezer because the dough will keep for weeks and ... Read More »

Triple Berry Margaritas

Not only are berries in season, but they are on sale at the market! How could I resist coming home with lots of fresh blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. I accidentally stumbled upon this recipe on Epicurious and knew it was meant to be. The prep took a bit of work, since the berries must be pureed and strained to remove any seeds. I considered trying ... Read More »

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Pound cakes have been around for a long time and began with one pound each of flour, butter, sugar and eggs, hence the name. A cake made from the original recipe is going to be plain, dense and a little on the dry side. It was a definite improvement over more primitive cakes when it was first developed, but I have never heard anyone request ... Read More »

Chocolate Silk Pie

In a bit of a twist this week, the recipe I’ve made came from Good Eats, Alton Brown‘s TV show, instead of a cookbook. In every episode of Good Eats, AB picks an ingredient or a cooking method and explains and investigates it in depth. He will cover great recipes and great techniques, even including which gadgets to use and why. He will also include ... Read More »

Spiced Up Ginger Cookies

Good things come from liquor stores. Besides the liquor, I mean. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario, LCBO, regulates the sale of alcoholic beverages in Ontario, Canada. Here in California, unlike many other places, all you need is a permit to sell liquor and you can purchase it just about any time at the market or corner store. But corner store does not have a ... Read More »

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

One of the best uses for fresh tomatoes is pasta sauce. This is particularly true when you have a jungle-like “garden” of tomato plants threatening to take over your yard. Pick the tomatoes, wash them, toss them in salads, sandwiches, soups and anything else you can think of. The problem is that these plants produce a lot of tomatoes. Recipes that use multiple tomatoes are ... Read More »

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