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.
There was a couple pounds of fresh Washington-grown apricots which went on a special journey. After taking out the pip and cutting them in pieces, I popped them into a deep Corning Ware baking dish with sugar, intending on roasting them to the stewed stage and then making a first-of-the-summer fruit ice cream. It just … More Oven-stewed Apricot Jam
A friend read in a Facebook post that I’d found a way, while presently in a very delicate dental circumstance, to have tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich (in my mind) by melting sharp cheddar in the soup and soaking the crumbled soda crackers in it. It just so happens that he’s one of two … More Tomato & Basil Soup for Ms. Delicate
Also known as Flan and Creme Caramel, but with raggedy nutmeg. It’s a classic comfort food, usually with plain old ground nutmeg. I’m not flipping it over onto a serving dish, either. That custard gets to enjoy the company of the caramelized sugar right to the end. We both get comfort. He has new babysitters … More Happy Spring Caramel Custard with Raggedy Nutmeg
Baked on the bottom shelf at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes, maybe 1 minute long for some people. I like crispy crust, not doughy underneath the goodies, and I like the veggies to caramelize. It was m-mm. It’s now my favorite homemade pizza.