Simple Treats from a Busy Holiday Kitchen

These can be made in minutes! Relax. Time is tight just about now, but we still want to treat our family and friends with delights from our kitchen, morsels we create once a year. Cookies and breads top the list of holiday offerings. I know in our family, we have recipes everyone craves and expects….

A New Look at Holiday Favorites

Let’s do this a little differently            There are some traditions at the holidays that cannot be altered, especially at Thanksgiving. The turkey, of course, mounds of mashed potatoes and pools of gravy, and in my family, everyone has their favorite pie that has to be on the dessert table. Sometimes…

My Favorite Cookbooks

At least, my favorite cookbooks, today… I live with many cookbooks, and my favorites change now and then. But there are a few classics I refer to time and time again. Many of these are oldies but goodies, but some are new and I think they’ll be around for a while. Of course, if you ask…

Creating Kitchen Magic

The magic of cooking and feeding ourselves can happen with a well-equipped modern kitchen, an ill-equipped apartment kitchen, a hotplate, or even a campfire. It makes no difference. All you need is a desire to feed people and yourself. My first kitchen way back at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius was drafty, tiny,…

Taking Stock: Borrow the Best from the Past

The Act of Making Stock is the First, Best Place to Start They say everything old is new again. Making stock is one of the ways we can save money, or at least feel virtuous by reducing what we throw in the trash. It is more than that. This is one of those simple steps that involves…

New Twists on Old Recipes…

We all have them, old recipe cards, notebooks, maybe even pages torn out of women’s magazines from the 1950s. Whatever the form, the stash of old recipes are family treasures. However, we are sometimes disappointed when we make them, especially if we do a lot of cooking and the food fashion of today does not mesh with that of the Depression era.