Category: Cooking

  • Virtual Recipe Box: Tabbouleh

    Virtual Recipe Box: Tabbouleh

    Sometimes, I use the blog as a readily searchable recipe card catalog.  Which is why you’ll get posts like this, where I note down what I had scribbled in my kitchen lab notebook. Why don’t I just use the notebook? Well, firstly I’ve lost said notebook(s) over the years. Second, you can’t spill on the…

  • Three Moms of the Apocalypse

    Three Moms of the Apocalypse

    It’s going to be a busy day. I have a lot scheduled, from a visit to the Farmer’s Market to recording a podcast episode, to a business meeting down in the city, to supper with friends to round it all off tonight. And then again tomorrow I’ll be experimenting with food again…  The experimentation isn’t…

  • Orange Blossoms

    Orange Blossoms

    I’m a child of the North. I’ve never walked through an orchard of orange trees, with their heady perfume, but I’ve read about it. Perhaps some day. I do know that it is nothing like the same sort of stroll through a blooming apple orchard. Apple blossoms, fleeting delicate petals that begin to fall almost…

  • Cheesy Breakfast Skulls

    Cheesy Breakfast Skulls

    Some mornings, when it’s a lazy day and the kitchen is clean, I’ll get on a creative baking kick. This was one of those mornings. I didn’t want something sweet, I wanted savory, and relatively fast to whip up, and to use up some random refrigerator odds and ends.  Cheezy Breakfast Skulls 2 c baking…

  • Christmas Books

    Christmas Books

    For Christmas this year, I got a little gift certificate from work, to spend at Amazon. What did I want? Well, books! I wrote about this a week or so ago, how my initial foray into selecting a few fun reads was stymied by the state of anthropology these days. I weep for it… but…

  • The Mincemeat Matrix

    The Mincemeat Matrix

    I grew up with mincemeat. Mom made these mincemeat cookies that were amazingly delicious, but it was usually mincemeat from the jar, once a year. Great-Grandma Ella made her own mincemeat, usually using elk as the meat in it. I didn’t get G’Grandma’s recipe, sadly, but what I did inherit was her Oregon State Grange…

  • Baked Beans

    Baked Beans

    I smoked a brisket for the group dinner, something I don’t do often, and as I like to do when I do manage this sort of thing, I made a pan of baked beans to soak up the yummy drippings. You could, certainly, make up these beans without the smoker involved. Most of the cooking…

  • Fried Cabbage and Apples

    Fried Cabbage and Apples

    This is so simple, a recipe hardly seems necessary, but on the other hand, perhaps this will remind you of this side dish, estimably suited for fall and winter when the cabbage and apples are the best sorts of things to store from harvest until wanted for the table.  Even if you aren’t a farmwife…

  • Sourdough Culture

    Sourdough Culture

    Having written up the ‘how-to’ of starting a sourdough culture, and the beginnings of a recipe set for it, I was asked about the nature of the sourdough starter. What’s going on in that jar of oozing, smelling, wonderful stuff? How does it work? Is it safe? And why did we stop using sourdough except…

  • Sourdough Pretzels

    Sourdough Pretzels

    First, about a week or two before you want the pretzels, you begin with a starter. This is easy. All you need is flour, water, and to catch some invisible little friends to do the heavy lifting for you.  There are two ways – no, three – to begin a sourdough starter. One is to…

  • Cooking Adventures

    Cooking Adventures

    It’s not just me, right? I mean, I can’t be the only one who would decide to do something relatively simple for the big dinner, and have it cascade from there?  I just wanted some goat. Or lamb, but ideally goat.  I am planning to make gulyas for dinner. I’ve got beef, since Alma Boykin…

  • Eat This While You Read That: Joelle Presby

    Eat This While You Read That: Joelle Presby

     It’s rare I can time a ETWYRT post with a book launch, but The Debare Snake Launcher came out this week, and thanks to a timely author reminder, I have the recipe for you to enjoy while you read your fresh new book! The book opens with food, but not the stuff you’d willingly eat.…