Food 52sday Recipe Interpretation: Caramel Spice Pound Cake with Caramel Custard

Caramel + spice = Fall.  It’s true. Ask anyone.  So when the Recipe Inspiration for this week was called Faulknerian Family Spice Cake with Caramel Icing, I went straight to fall. Operation Thanksgiving, even. I had initially planned to stick fairly close to the original recipe. And if you did, or you want to, go […]

Food 52sday Recipe Inspiration: Faulknerian Family Spice Cake with Caramel Icing

What the heck is Food 52sday anyway? Our list for Food 52sday is decidedly light on desserts.  I think of the 21 recipes we chose only about 5-6 are for dessert.  This is a Mixed Blessing.  It’s a good thing because it represents a balance between savory and sweet, but it’s a bad thing because […]

Chocolate Cake with Whipped Ganache Frosting

chocolate cake

I have never wanted to be The Cake Lady. Wait. I take that back.  I used to want to be The Cake Lady until I made a couple of wedding cakes and realized that it turns me into a snarling, cursing mess for the duration of the project.  But, when friend Thomas calls and asks […]

Food 52sday, Friday Edition—Recipe Interpretation: Sauteed Vegetables in Mustard Sauce (Not My Best Idea)

First of all, I must apologize for my Extreme Slackness in posting. It’s like I had a mental block about the recipe inspiration. But that’s not fair; we wouldn’t have chosen it if we didn’t think it sounded good.  I think the real problem is that it has been so hot and muggy here that […]

Sunday Suppers (Monday Evening Edition): Succotash with Bacon and Peas

succotash with bacon and peas

So, I’ve made succotash before. You know, for Blogging Purposes.  Way back in 2009 I wrote a Succotach post, but I feel okay about posting this one as well, because this one is Different. And what’s so different about this particular succotash?  Well, lots of things. And it’s still succotash. Because, as with many Many […]

Recipes: What’s Their Job, Anyway?

How a recipe should look

Y’all know how I feel about recipes.  I think they are limiting. That they make folks think that “this is the only way to make this Thing.”  That changing up an ingredient list isn’t nearly as earth-shattering as folks make it out to be.  It’s when you change up the cooking techniques that you’re, well, really cooking […]

Sunday Suppers: Mexican-Inspired Stuffed Peppers with Cilantro-Lime Rice

stuffed peppers

Have you ever made tacos or burritos–or anything, really–with grilled or sauteed chicken all shredded up in it and been disappointed that it was too dry or not soft enough or not shreddy enough and just not like the kind they use in Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants? Well, I have.  I love crispy chicken, and […]

Molasses and Honey Bread Pudding: Snatching Victory–and Dessert–from the Jaws of Defeat

bread pudding

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When life hands you a ton of tomatoes, make sauce.  When life makes your dishwasher overflow, sail your toy boats. And when life hands you That Effing Bread, there really is nothing to do but make bread pudding. Now, I have heard that not everyone is a fan […]

Overcoming Cooking Intimidation, Part 2. Flexibility: Making Tasty Bread Pudding from Awful Bread

molasses and honey bread pudding

I used to teach in residential treatment and also in the public school system.  I could tell if I was getting through to my wee charges by the looks on their faces, by their Level of Bounce and by their engagement.  I was constantly scanning the whole class like The Terminator (but nicer. And human) […]

Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Bars, When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Go Out in the Heat to Support the Troops

Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Bars

A few years ago, The Beloved and I went to visit Aunt Charlotte at the retirement complex she lived in.  At the time, she boasted that she never had to go outside because everything she needed was Right There.  We smiled and allowed as how that was Pretty Awesome, but we were lying through our […]