Bread Pretzels (Guest Post on Reluctant Gourmet)

One of my jobs at the restaurant was to be the Pretzel Lady.  No, I didn’t just open a bag of Rold Gold and be done with it, thank you.  Smart aleck.  No, I made chewy bread pretzels and baked them every day.  They were Awesome, if I do say so myself. We based our […]

Sunday Suppers (Monday Morning Edition): Fish-N-Chips–So Good They’ll Make You Drop Your Aitches and Break Out Your Best Rhyming Slang.

fish and chips recipe

So, from what I understand, it’s Lent.  Somehow I forgot about Fat Tuesday altogether, and I didn’t get soot smooshed on my forehead on Ash Wednesday.  I don’t give up anything for Lent, mainly because I am Pious and Holy all year long and spend a lot of time Denying Myself Items I Want.  But […]

Chocolate Pudding: My Must-Have Treat After Being Killed in the Park Multiple Times by Multiple Imaginary Creatures

mocha pudding

First, I’m not really dead.  But I was killed yesterday–many, many times–by an 8-year-old with an Incredible Imagination.  His mother, lovely Neighbor Roberta, invited me to go to the park with them yesterday, and I, without realizing what this Outing would Entail, said yes.  It turns out that “going to the park” is a euphemism […]

PMAT Live! Episode 2b: The Way to Weigh, Part Deux

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-YQoD9EEUs&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b]Here’s part two of my sweeping epic, The Way to Weigh.  I’m thinking about entering it in a film festival.  What do you think? My next video will have Excellent Sound, courtesy of my new friend Monte, the stereo microphone.  He flew in a few days ago, and we have been getting acquainted.  Emmet, my […]

Sunday Suppers, Valentine's Sunday/Early Monday Edition: Spicy Beef Enchiladas with Pepper Jack Mornay Sauce (Con-Fusion Cuisine) and a Play-by-Play of Our Valentine's Dinner

J Betski's sachertorte

I am torn.  Should I first taunt you with a Valentine’s Meal Extraordinaire that The Beloved and I got to enjoy and you didn’t (although you were all There in Spirit, I can assure you), or should I begin with the cheesy-homey-this-is-what’s-in-the-house-what-can-I-make-with-it dish?  Decisions, decisions.  I think I shall go with the latter, since this […]

PMAT Live! Episode 2a: The Way to Weigh, or Why and How You Should Use a Kitchen Scale

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97e70_roark&hl=en_US&fs=1&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b]Video is an amazing thing.  It catches a snapshot in time.  A moving snapshot, but a snapshot nonetheless.  In the case of this Particular Snapshot, it captures me in a more innocent state than I am At Present.  Trying to edit it over the past couple of days, I kept shaking my head at that […]

Dark Chocolate Pound Cake: If You Think Pound Cake is "Too Vanilla," Have I Got a Cake for You.

chocolate pound cake

If you watched Ye Olde Premiere Episode of PMAT Live, you know that my mom is famous for her chocolate pound cake.  If you haven’t watched it, you know now.  Anyway, just to give you an idea of how Beloved this pound cake is, consider the case of Aunt Charlotte.  We aren’t related by blood, […]

Introducing PMAT Live! Episode One, In Which I Blather on About the Video Series' Purpose. And Roll My Eyes at My Mother. Once.

Well, here it is.  Episode 1 of Season 1 of PMAT Live!  I think I might need to come up with a better name.  What do you guys think?  At any rate, this Particular Video introduces the series, gives you a teaser about the next episode and shamelessly solicits ideas from you, my readers-turned-readers-and-viewers. I […]

Sunday Suppers (Monday Edition): Italian-Inspired Braised Short Rib Ragú

This is not mine--I don't have any pictures of the process, actually. Shocking. This is pretty similar to the color and texture of mine. It looks like this person used homemade pappardale. You certainly could, too, if you want.

Photo Credit Hello, all.  I do hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  We spent ours Snowed In.  The Blizzard of ’10 began on Friday evening and didn’t let up until late Saturday night.  We were prepared, though.  In our kitchen, we had the Means to Create hot cocoa, egg dishes, chocolate pound cake for Lovely […]