Category Archives: Recipes

“Put a Fork in the Road with Me”

Tonight I was going to do my homework for this finance class I’m taking, which is to read chapters one through twelve in Streetsmart Financial Basics for Nonprofit Managers (Third Edition) by Thomas A. McLaughlin.

Then I remembered I had leftover buttermilk in the fridge.

That’s when I got out one of my newer favorite baking books, Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, which I love for a lot of reasons, one of them being that the large number of recipes almost guarantees that if you are any kind of baker, you can always find something that … Read the rest

The Types of Chocolate I Keep in the House at All Times, Because You Never Know

I’ve been off work since last Friday.

You’d think this might have resulted in a plethora of blog posts, but this is the most unstructured time I’ve had in over a year, and I have been glorying in it–staying up late, reading a lot, watching movies, shopping (Just WAIT until you see the new dress I bought!), and not getting dressed until after noon. Today, I moved on to baking cookies for absolutely no reason, which I’m surprised didn’t happen sooner. I’ve never been much of a cookie baker–vastly preferring to bake cakes, breads, and brownies–but I am lately obsessed … Read the rest

The Coffee Cake and I Probably Shouldn’t Be Alone Together in the House

Tonight I made the Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Chocolate Cinnamon Swirl out of Baked by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Baked has become a cookbook I wouldn’t want to be without. I’ve written about Lewis and Renato’s cheesecake recipe, which is a bit fussy but delicious. My go-to recipe out of the book is the Lemon Lemon Loaf, which I’ve made dozens of times, but I still have a hard time not overeating it every time I make it. It is very lemon-y, and the glaze is made with lemon juice and powdered sugar, and it like a … Read the rest

Popcorn

Last night was one of those nights where I decided the only sane response to the world was to make a ginormous bowl of popcorn with lots of butter and salt, which I ate slowly while reading a trashy novel–in this case, the first Sookie Stackhouse book, Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (which, like Twilight, I am enjoying even though I find the whole idea of a vampire romance novel ridiculous).

Making popcorn in the microwave is a form of self-hatred. Since I don’t own a microwave, it’s also not an option for me. (When I told Jason … Read the rest

If You’re Out of Squirrel, You Can Always Substitute with Rabbit or Chicken

Another cookbook I’ve fallen in love with recently that I keep meaning to tell you all about is the second edition of The Food Substitutions Bible by David Joachim. I never met the first edition, but I’ve been consulting this new one about once a week ever since I got it. Sometimes I just read it, which is how I found out about the squirrel. (Well, I also learned more than I wanted to know about cooking squirrel watching Winter’s Bone a couple weeks ago. That movie, incidentally, was terrifying, and I think it’s my new pick for the best Read the rest

Happy Birthday Tammy, or Let Them Eat Cake

Lately, I’m going through a baking phase. I grew up baking, but I gave it up in my mid-20′s, citing it as frivolous and not good for you besides. I gave up caffeine around the same time. Basically, if something was fun, I gave it up in my mid-20′s. It was the result of stress, but what poor, stressed-out mid-20′s me really needed was a cup of coffee, a brownie, and a regular exercise routine. I have all those things in my mid-30′s, and most of the time, I feel better than I did back then.

It was Lucas and … Read the rest

How Not to Cook Pasta with Leeks and Parsley

We are having a completely freaky spring in Western NY. We had a spell of cold weather a week or so ago, but, other than that, it’s been really warm. The last couple days have been about 80 degrees. Those of you who live here understand this. Those of you who don’t should know that if it were snowing right now, none of us would be surprised. Typically in May, I’m pretty glad if it’s 60 degrees and sunny and not raining every single minute of the day.

This has meant a lot of things for me on a personal … Read the rest

Flour, Cheese, and Harry Potter

I do not understand how people who do not eat carbs make it through winter. Personally, I’m at the point in my winter journey where every time I see snow, I think piles of lively and descriptive words I do not want to write here, as Lucas sometimes reads this blog. (He and I have a strict rule about swearing, incidentally: No Swearing Before Eight in the Morning. This rule is null and void, of course, when we are reading Harry Potter because, after all, it is JO who is swearing, not US, and we respect Jo’s artistic vision. Speaking … Read the rest

Building Yourself Back Up After an Illness: A Recipe

1. Get yourself some freshly picked strawberries.

2. Pour some heavy cream into a ceramic bowl. I’d recommend about an eighth or quarter of a cup for every day you’ve been sick.

3. Use an electric mixer to beat the cream until it is almost perfect.

4. Pause to add a little vanilla and sugar.

5. Resume beating until the cream is perfect. If you overwhip the cream, it will be dry and sad and you might as well start over.

6. Wash, hull, and slice up the strawberries.

7. Throw the sliced up strawberries in the bowl with the … Read the rest

Cinnamon Toast

Lucas subsists on a diet mostly comprised of the few things I avoid—hot dogs, bologna, chicken nuggets, and snack foods that come in bags. I have a hard time with this, partly because I’m concerned about what a diet like this is going to mean for his health and well-being in the long term, but mostly because I just don’t understand not eating a wide variety of foods. It’s a personality thing. Lucas is not by nature a risk-taker. He seems to think that if he tries a new food and doesn’t like it, the world will end. He also … Read the rest