I decided to make a half-complicated dinner for my daughter tonight before we watch the first episode of So You Think You Can Dance (wherein the top selected dancers compete with expertly choreographed pieces.) Monday night dinner and dancing where other folks do the dancing works for me. Kedgeree was my choice because the little … More Kedgeree with Smoked Salmon
This is an award-winning salad, by which I mean that Sylvia won a trophy for the most original food brought to a sophisicated potluck last July. She did not get to keep the trophy and, as a matter of fact, has not even seen her name engraved upon it. She has been told that she … More Sylvia’s Sauerkraut Salad, A Pickled Salad Recipe
A few days ago I treated myself to the Will Smith version of the genie in Aladdin and then takeaway from my local favorite restaurant, a place called Thai Thani Kitchen across the street from the cinema. I am fond of their brown rice. It’s different than any other kind than I’ve had, perfectly chewy, … More Thai Brown Rice & Broccoli Salad
When I expect to be very busy and there’s bits of this and that needing use for meals, it’s time for a pan of What’s-in-the-cupboard gratin. Today it’s two potatoes, a packet of Trader Joe’s tamales, some French-fried onion rings and small amounts of two cheeses. My week will mostly be spent with the intensive … More What’s-in-the-cupboard Gratin
My daughter is briefly visiting from London (while also working from 6 AM to 5 PM because her employer abroad is American, so two different time zones) and high on her list of favored dishes is my lower-fat version of the famous eggplant Parmesan. How lower in fat? I skip the egg-dipping, breading and frying … More Mock Eggplant Parmesan: don’t mock it.
When it snows in Seattle, the two snowplows which the city owns are pulled out of the DOT barns by rented blue cranes, warm batteries installed in those converted dump-trucks and some roads get sand or salt. The side streets get nothing but cars packing the snow into ice and most of the sidewalks do … More Snow Means Chili & Homemade Tortillas
I grew up making these strawberry preserves in the summers with my mother, standing at the sink, washing and hulling strawberries, leaving them whole, then by some magic in more than a few minutes filling a big stainless steel tub with berries in a thick syrup to cool, also to pluck a whole berry from … More Great Grandmother’s 6-Minute (haha) Strawberry Preserves
My favorite pancakes are sourdough. I also like the newly-discovered pancakes made from the Bluebird Grain Farms’ organic whole grain Emmer Pancake and Waffle Mix.* Sometimes one feels like making the same thing again very soon, but wait! The Trout Creek Montana sourdough starters that I use, both of them, have not been used for … More Sourdough up, emmer pancakes! Recipe.
From second grade through ninth, my family lived in Tacoma on a small farm. I joined a 4-H club that was devoted to cookery and, having already been well established in the home kitchen, there wasn’t much that was new to me in 4-H. However, making homemade chocolate syrup wasn’t something we’d made at home, … More Thank you, Mrs. Hammer & 4-H: Chocolate Syrup better than Hershey’s
My Facebook feed this morning included a post from Washington’s own Bluebird Grain Farms featuring emmer pancakes from their artisan mix. I’d forgotten that there’s a bag of it in the box of flours and such that I brought along in the move, so the virtual reminder and salivation sent me into the cubbyhole kitchen … More Emmer Pancakes? Yes, please.