Sunday, June 16, 2013

Oh Goodie!

Fruit is starting to come in.  Cherries have come and gone already, peaches will be in after not too long, and in-between there will be all of the bramble berries (raspberries, black raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, etc).  And I forgot to even mention the blueberries.  Hmmmmmm  Where will I get blueberries this year?

Well with all this fruit hanging around you may be looking for easy desserts to throw together at the end of a busy day.  I have just the thing!  Goodie!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Spring Greens

the world is in the midst of its re-greening!  I love walking through the yard each day to see what new plants are up and reminding myself which ones are nicely munchy and which are best for just looking at.  One of my recent favorite spring greens is curly or yellow dock.

Monday, February 4, 2013

The Mega Cheese Sandwich with Fries

The other day I was hankering for a cheese sandwich.  I don't eat cheese sandwiches with much regularity, except when our work schedule demands it.  Usually these sandwiches consist merely of homemade bread, mayo, cheese and, if it's available, a bit of greenery (lettuce, mustard greens, or whatever). 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

One of my Flavorite Breakfasts

Some years ago a dear friend of mine shared a divine recipe for Kimchi Rice.  I tried it and fell totally in love (with the rice, not with her).  It's been a long time since I've seen her or the original recipe, but here is my personal rendition, at least for today.  I won't even bother to give measurements, since those are ever dependent upon the amount of kimchi and leftover rice I have on hand.

You can hardly find a more flavorful breakfast and if you are looking for satisfying food for any time of day this fills that bill too!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Best Brownies Ever!

Mom and Dad were here for a brief visit this week so I decided to whip them up some brownies.  My favorite recipe for brownies came from a cookbook in the Bloomington Indiana library years and years ago.  They're called "We Miss You Alice B. Toklas Brownies" and are both easy and amazing. 

Alice B. Toklas was a partisan of the Avant-Garde movement and Gertrude Stein's life partner.  And she wrote a cookbook in 1954 which contained a number of recipes with a particularly special ingredient.  Her brownies were refered to in a 1968 Peter Sellers film, in a 1969 "Holywood Palace" segment, and even in an episode of "Bewitched"! 

I'm sorry to disappoint, but the recipe I use does not include Alice's special ingredient. They are eminently worthy anyway.  I'll give the recipe as it is printed and will add my personal amendments in the photo captions.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tamale Time

Every once in a while I get the bug to make tamales.  It's an all day process, so the stars have to be aligned just so.  It happened again just a couple of days ago!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Over the years I've heard a number of New Year's superstitions, most of which seemed pretty unlikely.  But today I heard one that I really hope works out!  A friend told me that her mom always said that whatever you do on New Year's day you will do for the rest of the year.  Well, today we did a lot of cleaning and organizing, I also improved the design of a piece of clothing I made a year or so ago, baked Wienerstube cookies, and best of all . . .