Well my microwave is broken and I have to wait 4 days until the new one is delivered. I never realized how much I used the microwave until it was taken away from me. I’m getting by just fine without one but it sure is inconvenient. Happily this dish does not require a microwave. It’s fairly quick, very easy and quite delicious. The size of your ramekin will have an effect on the baking time so watch the eggs closely if you are not using a 6-7 ounce ramekin. Read more
One of my co-workers asked me to bake her wedding cake and wanted the design to be restrained and low key. She had seen a cake I made in the past with dots on it and felt that would be ideal for her theme. Read more
It is raining outside! And it is cold and gloomy. We have our wood stove going full blast and I am thinking a nice beef stew would be perfect for dinner tonight!
When I was growing up my Mom did most of the cooking but my Dad also liked to cook and he made the best stews. Actually, beef stews, soups and chili were his specialties. When he made stew he would start about noonish, usually on a Saturday and he would have a big chuck roast that he would cut up, brown and add a lot of different vegetables. I mean he would add a lot of vegetables. Carrots, celery, onions, canned corn, canned green beans, canned tomatoes, cabbage and turnips. Oh, do I remember the turnips and how much I did not like them. I still don’t. Read more
Caramelizing onions deepens and sweetens their flavors. The process can take some patience but is worth it. Once the onions start to brown and release their sugars it may look as if the bottom of the pan is burning but just add water to release the sugars from the pan and stir it into the onion mixture. Once you add the mushrooms to the mixture they will release some of their liquid and help keep the sugars from sticking as well.
When I was younger, I was told that I grind my teeth and should start wearing a bite block at night to prevent damage to my teeth and jaw. I had a hard time believing I was grinding my teeth. I didn’t wake up with jaw pain and I didn’t feel like I was in any stress. After all, people that grind their teeth must be stressed, right? At least that was what I thought at the time. I went for years ignoring the dentist until one day I woke up in pain and couldn’t chew food without sending shock waves down my jaw. Read more
You would think there wouldn’t be any difficulty in cooking up something as simple as a pot of rice but in the past I have cooked up a few pots of mushy rice. Is it any wonder why it wasn’t included on my menu more often? It wasn’t until 1975 when Don accepted employment to the U.S. Naval Shipyard Repair Facility at Subic Bay, Phillipines that I finally learned to cook rice without it being mushy or gluey.
As I am writing this the television is going in the background with screaming crowds and screeching announcers from Sochi, Russia. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are in full force and Don has been glued to the television as often as possible. Right now the luge is going and there is such excitement. Our favorite is the ice figure skating and ice dancing. It is so graceful and beautiful! I hate to see one take a fall on the ice but they jump right up like it never happened.
Last year a co-worker asked me to make a wedding cake for his sister. Part of his gift to her was to pay for her cake. I was delighted, I love making wedding cakes and I enjoy seeing what the bride and groom have envisioned for their cake. As far as wedding cakes go, this was the most unique request I have ever had. The wedding was going to take place at the ocean and they wanted the theme of the cake to match the venue but they did not want it to look like a traditional wedding cake. The bride wanted the cake to be distinctive and playful. She asked if I could make an octopus climb a sandcastle cake.
I remember my grandfather used to sprinkle salt on his grapefruit. I thought that was so odd but when I was older I tried it myself and was surprised at how a small pinch of salt could take the bitter edge out of the grapefruit. Grandpa knew what he was doing after all.
When our kids were growing up a birthday was a big celebration at our house. Each one had their own special ‘birthday dinner menu’ that I fixed for them and it was aways an exciting and fun day. December was usually a stressful month for me as there are three birthdays, 8th, 15th and the 30th, plus Christmas on top of that. But September is Burl’s birthday and his favorite was chicken cordon blue with mashed potatoes, gravy and string beans. And of course we didn’t forget the cake and ice cream.