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…

Speedy Garam Masala Seasoning

This is one of my favorite seasoning blends. It explodes with flavor and can be used in so many recipes. It’s my understanding that there’s no one “authentic” Garam Masala, but that the exact composition varies from region to region and even within families. So while I have no claim to authenticity, having never even…

Julie’s Best Ever Blueberry Pie

“It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true!” — Anonymous This is the best blueberry pie you’ll ever make. Or eat, for that matter! I tried other recipes but was never satisfied with them. Some require that you cook the berries on the stove before assembling the pie. No thanks. They end up mushy, and you have…

Basic Sourdough Bread

  Ready to take the leap and move on from SourFaux? Tackle a loaf with no added yeast? It’s fun! There’s something almost magical about watching a combination of flour and water transform itself into dough. I had such good results following Serious Eats’ method of making Sourdough Starter that I decided to try their recipe for the bread. It came…

Bread Baked on a Gas Grill

Did you know you can bake bread on your outdoor grill? We had quite the heat wave a couple of weeks ago, and I didn’t want to heat up the oven. I really wanted to bake bread, though, so I figured I’d give it a go on the grill. I used sourdough, but I don’t…

Za’atar Seasoning

Can a seasoning blend be cheerful? I think za’atar is. It has such a bright, open flavor that it will make you smile. I thought that even before I read that marjoram and oregano contain compounds that, at least in rodents, can affect dopamine and serotonin levels. Since that’s how many antidepressant medications work, maybe…

Peanut Dog Treats

These might just be the easiest dog treats ever — only three ingredients. They’re perfect for dogs with sensitive stomachs, assuming they can tolerate peanut butter. My dog Willie loves them. Of course, he’s a Lab — he’ll eat anything. But I tried one, and I agree they’re pretty tasty. I’ve been meaning to make…

Sourdough Starter

I thought there were only two choices for sourdough starter: buy some or make some. Turns out there are multiple ways of making your own. I definitely wanted to try that rather than buying, just for the fun of it. My kitchen is toasty warm all year long, so yeast breads tend to do very…