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…

Homemade Buttermints

These tasty little after-dinner mints are great for gift-giving as well as enjoying yourself. And they’re ridiculously easy to make! I made three batches to give for the holidays, one each of red, green, and white. The recipe comes from The Spruce Eats. When I was a kid, my dad used to go on business trips several…

Spicy Garbanzo-Chorizo Stew

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” — Unknown Don’t you just hate it when manufacturers change something in one of your favorite products, and not for the better? I used to buy a bean stew mix that was marvelously flavorful. It was one of those rare foods with easy preparation, easy clean-up, enough for…

Vanilla Sugar

It doesn’t get much easier than this! So much flavor, so little effort! But what’s it for? Almost anything, really. It’s delicious on cereal, in tea or coffee, and can be used in any baked goods you fancy. Just that hint of vanilla flavor gives a delightful boost. In a cute jar, it also makes…

Homemade Rogan Josh Seasoning

Rogan Josh is one of my favorite comfort foods. For years, I made it with Penzeys Rogan Josh blend, which I like very much. Then I got the bright idea to start mixing my own blends, for three reasons: First, it frees up space in my spice cabinet for a wider variety of single-ingredient jars. Second, I…

The Best Meatballs With Sauce

I’m getting hungry just writing about these! I had a craving last winter for a meatball sub. You might call it something else, depending on where you’re from. Submarine, Grinder, Hoagie, and Hero are some of the ones I’ve heard. I poked around online comparing various recipes and settled on this one, adapted from Serious…

Spud Cakes

“You’re Scottish, fry something!” — The Doctor Yay, leftovers! Especially Thanksgiving leftovers. I always cook more than I think we will need because there are so many delicious things to make with them. The turkey carcass goes in the crockpot with water and seasonings for Turkey Noodle Soup. Leftover turkey goes to sandwiches and Turkey-Pea…

Preserving Sourdough Starter, Part 2: Regeneration

“Wakey, wakey!” — The Doctor “Regenerate me!” — Chameleon Circuit Ready to bring your dried sourdough starter back to life? It’s easy!  I’ve been thinking a lot about regeneration lately. Sure, partly because there’s a new Doctor on Doctor Who — a woman this time, and she’s brilliant. Time Lords are the only humanoids that…