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.
Exposed to yet another type of flu as I provided a lunches, hot tea, a warm space and the “facilities” to people, including sick ones, involved in clearing out maybe half of the landlord’s hoarded filth here, I decided to arm my immune system with … soup! I roasted some vegetables, made some veggie broth, … More Roast Vegetable Soup & Matzo Balls
Leftover roasted potato and vegetables, the other half a jar of Trader Joe’s Masala Simmering Sauce, a quart of chicken broth, a can of mixed beans and mini spiced matzo dumplings* made with the resultant soup’s broth was a soup the first night and a stew tonight. Oh boy. There’s going to be a next … More Vegetable Masala Matzo Soup/Stew
Yesterday I spent a couple hours having cranberry fun, making cranberries into a candy that I call Cranberry Lolly. My process is secret. The not-secret part is that they’re finely chopped. It can be used on Thanksgiving turkey (and is, at my house when I cook the dinner), but it’s purpose is future use in … More Happy Thanksgiving, and Painting by Jane Nicolet, Tiger/Cougar Mtn.
I’ve joined NaNoWriMo this year with goal of completing the task during the onset of many gray days in Seattle, a sort of pick-me-up as I go along while the season gnaws at my will. 50,000 words in November. A new novel, approximately 200 pages, and, for me, it is the first draft of one … More Let’s Call It Southwestern Gratin
While Ms. McSquirrel enjoyed leftovers from the party a few days ago, today a smaller pumpkin was roasted, pureed and turned into a pie for three of us to have a dinner slice and another for breakfast, made in a non-traditional manner. Next time I will make the pie they both expected, using famous recipe … More Pumpkin, Dumpkin, Snick Snack
Coincidences between events and the freezer began last week when I found out that I’d missed the birthday of one of the master gardeners whom I admire. I knew that he is quite fond of my blackberry ice cream and that, between his pie crust and my filling and ice cream, he, his wife and … More Blackberry Pie & Blackberry Ice Cream for a belated birthday