Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard

Once a decade. That’s how often I’m wrong about something. At least that’s what I told my kids when they were little — that they should make a note of it because it’s that rare. It’s not, of course, I’m wrong all too often, like any other human being. I made Vanilla Bean Ice Cream…

Italian Sandwich Bread

“With bread, all sorrows are less” – Sancho Panza Just the smell of freshly baked bread can make the day brighter, don’t you agree? And there’s something remarkably therapeutic about working with bread dough. Feeling it come alive in your hands as it transforms from a sticky lump of wet flour into a smooth, elastic, living…

Bold Spice Rub

A delicious, bold dry rub for fish, seafood, or chicken. From Alder-Planked Fluke to Beer Can Chicken to sheet pan suppers, use it on the grill or in the oven. It makes enough for a large fish filet, a small chicken, or a sheet pan supper for two to four people. The flavors are fresher than store-bought…

Easy Homemade Poultry Seasoning

Signs of spring are everywhere! In spite of two recent storms, the daffodils are poking up from under the snow, the birds are singing in the morning, and there’s mud everywhere. Really, everywhere! I’ve got my seeds ready to go, and I’m really looking forward to getting back out into the garden. I’ve learned my…

Off-the-Hook Homemade Jalapeño Hot Sauce

“Life is a rush into the unknown. You can duck down & hope nothing hits you, or stand as tall as you can, show it your teeth & say: ‘Dish it up, baby, and don’t be stingy with the jalapeños.’ ” — Grey Owl. Wow! I’ve had a lot of hot sauce in my day,…

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  It’s Taco Tuesday, and it’s time to abandon fast food joints and those grocery store packets of taco seasoning! Come on, you know you want to. If you don’t yet, you’ll change your mind when you see how easy this is! I had two reasons for figuring out my own taco seasoning blend. First, I…

Buttery Waffles

“A waffle is like a pancake with a syrup trap.” — Mitch Hedberg Butter lovers rejoice! This one’s for you. Healthy eaters can just walk on by, there’s nothing to see here today. Or linger a moment, and take a walk on the wild side. These light and oh-so-rich waffles are a real pleasure. Plus…

Honey Wheat Rolls

These soft, really light, delicious rolls are from a recipe I found on the King Arthur website. They’re not your typical heavy, dense whole wheat, and okay, that’s because they aren’t 100% whole grain. But two-thirds of the flour is whole grain, and personally, I’m willing to sacrifice the other third once in a while. Because these rolls are that…