Archive for the 'Culinary Delights' Category

The Reason I Love to Bake

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

There is another reason for the priority of pastry: pastry chefs are the only ones in the kitchen who are alchemists by necessity. Where the rotisseur or the man with the saut├ę pan does his best work when he does least, it is in the nature of pastry-making that you begin with ingredients that don’t […]

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Red Beans and Rice

Friday, May 24th, 2013

I think Popeye’s Red Beans and Rice dish is incredibly yummy. I’ve searched for their recipe without luck, and so I’ve been experimenting. I believe I have discovered the closest approximation to their dish. It came out so savory, with lots of umami. Red Beans and Rice (Crockpot) 1 pound dried red beans 2 to […]

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More Summer Fun

Monday, August 8th, 2011

We’ve been busy climbing and splashing and creating! Claire had a total of three weeks of swimming lessons. She is still shy about getting her face in the water and going under water, but she had a blast with her teachers. She very specifically insisted on lady teachers “because they are more gentle.” (She had […]

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

We’ve been busy lately. There have been little-girl sleepovers, outings to the park, and a field trip to pick strawberries. So, without further ado, let me show you the results of our latest outing. We start at this and this: We picked nine pounds of strawberries! And proceed to this and this: A sticky, boiling […]

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We All Scream

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

There’s an ice cream truck that rolls through our neighborhood at a speed that makes it impossible to catch if we’re inside or the back yard. We’ve pretty much given up on it. There’s a man who walks through our neighborhood with a cart and a bell, whom we usually can reach in time. But […]

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No Half Measures

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

As my husband says, nothing is ever halfway with me. After reading Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, I’ve wondered exactly how to follow his advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” I recently purchased a small pile of books, several of which feel intuitively revolutionary to me. The titles: […]

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News and Change

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Hi dear readers (all 5 of you who are left). I know I hardly post here anymore. But today I have good news to share. The saga of the breast cancer question has been answered. I had the genetic test done for BRCA 1 and 2 (thanks to insurance paying), and the result is I […]

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Food Is Beautiful

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

As is friendship. I’m so grateful. I assembled these soup and cookie mixes to donate to our preschool raffle, and to give to friends in gratitude for their practical care during my recent events.

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A New Dish

Monday, February 28th, 2011

I’ve decided I need new ways to make couscous dishes. Plain couscous is boring and tasteless. The boxed mixes are ridiculously expensive. Fruity Couscous Salad 2 & 2/3 cups dry whole wheat couscous (or regular) 3 cups orange juice (or water, or a mixture) 1 cup packed dried apricots, chopped 1 & 1/3 cups dried […]

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Feeling quiet on the blog these days. Did a painting on a 24×36″ canvas — my first one. All that blank white canvas felt a bit daunting, but I did enjoy mooshing paint around. I also used oil pastel on details. Claire and I are getting into the spirit of the next holiday: And we […]

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Shortbread and Raspberry Heaven

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies 1 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 3/4 teaspoon almond extract 1 Tablespoon milk Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar […]

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A Sea Change

Monday, December 20th, 2010

I wrote the following on October 20, before I got ahold of Geneen Roth’s book, Women Food and God. I like to eat. I like to eat sweet, salty, and calorie-dense foods. I eat when I am not hungry. I eat when I am bored. I eat when I feel stressed. I resist the idea […]

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D-d-d-d-did You Say Sugar?

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Today’s project! She ate almost as much candy as she put on the house. And ironically (is it?) she also had a dental appointment this morning (for which she was most calm and cooperative, and her teeth are just dandy).

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More Crafts

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Leaf turkey with leaves from our yard! Turkey apple made in preschool! Letter I (Island) and i (ice cream) crafts… Indian Corn Paper Bag Town 1 Paper Bag Town 2

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Apple Crumble

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

I’ve wanted to have an apple dessert that doesn’t require the fuss of a crust. Sometimes I just don’t want to bother with making the crust, and Claire wants to help make things too. So I found a crumble recipe. The first version didn’t turn out superbly, so I tinkered with the ingredients, with the […]

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