Fish Curry

“This curry was like a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony that I’d once heard…..especially the last movement, with everything screaming and banging ‘Joy.’ It stunned, it made one fear great art.” — Anthony Burgess Thirty-eight years?! Okay, I’m really dating myself here, but as far as I can tell, that’s how long it’s been since I had…

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…

Scalloped Turnips With Horseradish

I’ve posted a couple of turnip recipes so far and told you how I grew to love turnips. Still not convinced to give them a try? Have I got a recipe for you! THIS is the dish for anyone who thinks they don’t like turnips.  And if you already a fan, you’re going to love…

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…