Category Archives: Recipes

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread with Sugar Crust

When I first glanced at this Starbucks recipe and read the name, I assumed that it would come out as a kind of quick bread, the sort of loaf that is slightly dense and goes splendidly with a cup of coffee. Now, I won’t argue that it doesn’t go well with coffee (it does), but it is most certainly not as much a bread as it ... Read More »

Yogurt Rice Pudding

yoghurt rice pudding

Rice pudding is a favorite dish of mine, though I don’t have all that often. The dish that has been around for centuries, and has traveled around the globe from culture to culture, with few changes to the basic recipe – rice cooked until creamy with milk – along the way, if you look past the added spices and flavorings that tend to get thrown ... Read More »


  Popovers are a great all-purpose recipe to have in your collection. They’re easy to make, relatively low in fat and require very few ingredients. They have a slightly crisp exterior that opens to reveal a tender, custardy interior. With jam or honey, they make a great breakfast snack, and can also be served plain or with butter as an accompaniment to a savory meal. They ... Read More »

Do it yourself microwave popcorn

homemade popcorn

Now that “Popcorn Workers’ Lung” (more formally known as “bronchiolitis obliterans”) has been found outside of microwave popcorn production factories, the suggestion that we should avoid microwaved popcorn is all over the news. Health and safety should take precedence over snack foods, but all the same, the taste and convenience of microwave popcorn is hard to match. Fortunately, you can make your own microwave popcorn ... Read More »

Slice-and-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

sliced, baked and ready to eat

 For those of you who aren’t planning to do any baking in your car anytime soon, or are fortunate enough not to have to deal with 100F+ temperatures on a regular basis, a recipe for cookies that can only be made inside a car oven might not do you much good. I’m happy to tell you that you can still bake up the delicious slice-and-bake ... Read More »

Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, step by step

Last week, I drew up some guidelines to follow if you wanted to try baking cookies in your car. This past weekend, since the temperatures were well over 100F out here, I decided to give the technique a try myself. I parked my car in full sunlight in the middle of the day, sliced up some cookie dough and started to bake. I previously noted ... Read More »

Mexican Spiced Ice Blended

I’ve done it before with tortes, cakes and cookies, and given the heat, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Labor Day than lounging around with a refreshing, mexican-spiced ice blended drink. The drink is a simple mixture of coffee, milk, ice and a chocolate/spice blend, which includes sugar, cocoa, ground chocolate and small amounts of vanilla, ancho chile powder and almond. ... Read More »

Apple Crumble Pie

apple crumble pie, sliced

Crumble-topped apple pies used to be my absolute favorite type of pie. When I was a little kid, I was even known to ask servers in a restaurants whether their pies were crumble-topped or not, and base my dessert decisions entirely on their answers. This all came to an end around the time that I first had a traditional apple pie with a really great crust. ... Read More »

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