Moving Day!

Dirty Harry taunts you into action.  Are you ready for it?

Friends, this is it.  At least for the next few days, anyway.  Thanks to the Goddess Patricia, I’ll be back out in the Hinternet by Friday, but I have to do pesky things like Pointing Out where the furniture goes.  I might even have to carry a box or two.  There is the slim yet […]

The Great Search Term Round Up, Episode 1(a)

I think I’ll make this a monthly feature–telling you guys about the search terms that people have used to find me.  And why bother doing this?  Well, for one, some of the searches make me laugh.  Aside from getting my own Chuckles On, though, I also figure that folks using those terms didn’t always find […]

Raisin Hell

Meet one of the most polarizing dried fruits in the History of the World.

Personally, I am a fan of the raisin.  I kinda dig their wrinkly little skins.  I love their sweet chewiness.  I enjoy biting into one in the middle of a big old oatmeal cookie–a fruity surprise.  My friend, Nadine, loathes raisins.  Shriveled grapes, she calls them.  Yeah, I suppose they are shriveled grapes, but shriveled […]

Sunday Suppers: How to Finish Pasta

You could add peppers to this and/or celery.  It's more about the technique and the type of veggies you use than it is the specific list of ingredients.

And by that, I don’t mean “how to clean your plate.”  I mean how to finish off the cooking process so the pasta and the sauce meld into one unified dish, as opposed to being a naked plate of pasta with some sauce spooned on top.  I get Very Sad when I see pasta Disrespected […]

It Came to Me in a Dream

At which point does this cease to be craft and become art?  Or must you learn a craft to express the art?

The Hinternet is a Large and Wonderful place.  I can be going along and going along doing my thing, and a couple of Items will Strike me and make me Ponder.  Usually, I find these items in disparate places.  But they come together in kind of a Hinternet Harmonic Convergence.  And then, the Magic 8 […]

And Since We've Been Talking About Custards….

Hello, gorgeous.

…today is National Cherry Cheesecake Day.  I don’t know who comes up with these holidays, but I am All for it.  But, wait a minute, Jen.  You said custards; I heard you.  What does cherry cheesecake have to do with custards? Friends, cherry cheesecake is a custard.  Not the cherry part.  The cheesecake part.  A […]

Lemon Pudding Cake or In Which Poor Brave Patricia is Forced to Work for The Devil

Is it?  Could it be?  Is it really Glinda, the Good Witch of the North?!  No, even better!

Do you guys remember the horror with Time Warner Cable last week?  Remember José and how he’s dead to me?  Remember the angst? the woe? the gnashing of teeth? the making of chocolate pudding?  Relive the horror, or live it for the first time here. And now, in the immortal words of Paul Harvey, here […]

"Why Not a Vegetable Sorbet?" I Ask You. And, of Course, You Love the Idea. Right?

Serve it as a salad component or as a garnish for a protein.  Either way, tomato sorbet is surprising and refreshing.

Friends, the weather is getting warmer and the vegetables are Happening.  Very exciting.  I’m not sure if you’ve been able to read between the lines and discern that I am not a Huge Vegetable Fan, but it’s true.  Sad to say, I have only really gotten into enjoying veggies in the last (covers mouth and […]

A Techniques Primer: Custards and Puddings

Thank you, eggies, for your thickening power.

A reader, Pam, “delurked” yesterday to ask for clarification about putting together a custard.  When to use butter; when not to use butter.  She also said (tongue in cheek, I hope) that she was afraid that I would tap my foot disapprovingly and ask her why she hadn’t been paying attention all along.  Well, fear […]

Sunday Suppers: Vegetable Beef Soup

Chicken soup gets all of the press, but vegetable beef soup is good for the soul, too.

I seem to be on a soup kick, but in my defense, soup is good food.  Besides, we went to Auntie Ev and Uncle Ray’s house again to visit with them and Auntie ‘Leenie.  See, we took soup last time, too. They are big soup fans, and I’d really rather they enjoy our soup than […]