Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise. You can make it at home for far, far less than ready-made from the store. In moments you can have your own from scratch with simple ingredients. The tricky part is at the beginning, as the egg is mixing and your’e adding the vegetable oil. If you add oil too fast the egg and…

Veggie Open-Face

The humble open-faced sandwich deserves praise for its simplicity and versatility wouldn’t you agree? Savory, hot, and stacked with your tastiest finds, quick and easy to assemble and not too heavy on the tummy, because you’re only eating one piece of bread, brilliant! It could be layered with anything you have on hand from a…

Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic old school cookies for sure but that’s the great thing about good classics, they never lose their appeal. I’ve been making these for years and they never disappoint, with a perfect crisp/chewiness that melts in your mouth. This recipe made just over 100 cookies using a 1 oz scoop, a size I prefer as…

Scream for Ice Cream

Well,  my son was certainly on his mark this Christmas with his choice of gift. Must have heard the laments over the cost of Haagen dazs and his dads insatiable cravings. That and our reluctance to boycott Haagen dazs because it’s a Nestle product (since the 80’s). Why!  We don’t like what Nestle has been doing…

Ginger Cookies

I’ve been making these Ginger Cookies since 2001 so this should be a clear indication that this  is a keeper. I found the recipe when I worked as a baker at a fishing lodge in Ketchikan Alaska, which means I had to make a lot of cookies! That being the case this full recipe delivers…

A Yorkshire by any other Name

For my family our get together time/big dinner is Christmas Eve and it is always Prime Rib with Yorkshire’s. My recipe makes about 1-1/2  liters but since there were only 5 for dinner this year I have leftover batter on hand. Which is just fine because another identity of Yorkshire’s are Dutch Baby Pancakes! I…

Dad’s Fudge

When I and my siblings grew up and had families of our own one thing we looked forward to during the Solstice Season was the gift of a heavy small box from our dad. Inside was the velvety chocolate, walnut studded, once a year indulgence of his homemade fudge. And every year, after having a…

Chocolate and Spice and Everything Nice

The Mexicans know a thing or two about peppers and chocolate, like the amazing Mole’s for example.  And also know these two ingredients have a pretty good working relationship when coming together in a sweet treat like these cookies. These are SO good. You got chocolate, crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds, finishing salt, set against…

Almond Biscotti

This is one of my favorite holiday cookies that I make every year at this time. The varieties of Biscotti are open to countless interpretations but since I always have almonds in my freezer I can put this recipe together without buying special ingredients.  Of course this recipe can be tweaked to substitute pistachios, or hazelnuts,…

Chocolate Brownie Cookie

Everyone should know how to make a cookie. Have you seen what they charge for Oreos?! Now I don’t necessarily wish to take issue with that iconic cookie, it definitely has its place but to buy Oatmeal or Chocolate Chip Cookies when they are so easy and economical to whip up? Tsk. I used to…

Thai Inspired Noodle Soup with Pork

So it’s a heavy overcast afternoon, feels like 8pm but it’s only 3, and rain is pummeling, in fact we on the NorthWest Coast are enjoying our wettest fall on record. Moving on. I just so happened to have the makings for this Thai inspired soup and had it steaming hot in my bowl in…

Pancakes!

Who does not love drool over stacks of tender, buttery, maple dripping  pancakes?  Nobody that’s who. I can devour a plateful no problem and eat the one my husband seems to never finish, because I give him a stack as big as mine, and even though he’s six foot two, he can’t eat as much…