Saturday was the birthday of the man who gave me his previous Yamaha electric keyboard piano when he got a new, updated model with gazillions of bells and whistles. We were introduced during the heat wave this summer in the only air-conditioned room here. It wasn’t long afterwards when he walked into it again one … More Happy Birthday to Jazz Pianist
A few weeks ago I shared my newest easy biscuit recipe* along with recommendation to mix up a batch of honey butter to spread on them. My mother requested the recipe and while I was writing it on the card yesterday, I mentioned that they could also be spread with jam and the two halves … More PB&J gets a new meaning.
Like many bakers, cooks and chefs everywhere, I’m open to trying out somebody else’s recipe in the same genre of an old or new favorite and so it is with this bread. The recipe* for this bread was linked inside a newspaper article on 10 easy breads for the home-bakers staying inside and safe because … More Variations on a Dutch-oven theme: No-knead Maple Oatmeal Bread
While it’s true there is no baking involved for these classic cookies, there is cooking and the necessity of taking care with boiling hot syrup, especially when it bubbles and spits as the vanilla is added. Constant attention at the stove is vital to avoid a burned mess for a cookie that doubles as a … More No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drop Cookies, Recipe
Absolutely NO corn syrup. NO pectin. (Lemon juice is the helper.) I use considerably less sugar than most jam recipes. It’s a choice. It’s also plenty sweet. 3 quarts chopped apricots, 7 cups sugar, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice. Stir in deep pot and let sit for 3 hours, also known as macerating. It pulls … More Wildflowers & Seasonal Jam of Apricots with my recipe
Sometimes the title says a lot. Two girls were making different cookies at the same time with me via Skype, getting ready for camping take-alongs. The oldest made the chocolate no-bakes which require bringing ingredients to a boil and undivided attention and a bit of fatherly supervision at the critical time. The youngest made her … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Blonde Brownies & No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Drops
Who knew that spreading mayonnaise on the outside of your grilled cheese sandwich instead of butter is a thing? I didn’t, but saw it somewhere and tried it with plain mayo. It delivered the normal crunch we expect to go with melted cheese but I decided to try a flavor extender. I’m a fan of … More Chipotle your mayo for grilled cheese sandwich.
Who doesn’t like apple wedges with peanut butter? This is a coffee cake version of that classic combo. Why? Mix-and-match is my middle name. There was leftover peanut butter frosting which I’d frozen a few days ago after making a batch of my Peanut Butter Wich* cookies for my mum’s birthday. Sunday cake. Formula 1 … More Leftover peanut butter frosting? Make Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake
My mother’s 91st birthday is Monday the 6th. Since there’s “Independence Day Observed” today (Friday) and Saturday the 4th is Independence Day, I made special cookies* for her birthday and mailed them on Wednesday to make sure they’d arrive on time. Yesterday USPS sent me an “Alert” telling me that the package was being returned … More All’s well that ends well.
Summer fruits from Eastern Washington farms are arriving in Seattle stores and that means it’s time for a couple generations below to learn how to make cobbler. I suggested fresh peaches as the base today and emailed the recipe. (I hope the girls read it before we get on Skype, but one never knows. At … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Fresh Peach Cobbler