bowls of noodles

Veggie Noodles and Raisins with Coffee-Balsamic Reduction

You know what? A lot of times, the simplest ideas come from the most random musings.

Take this recipe, for example. How did it come about?

The used grounds in my French press.french press

Your eyes didn’t deceive you: used coffee grounds.Read More »

vintage-looking kitchen

10 Pantry Essentials I Can’t Live Without

“My first act before I went into the pantry was to fasten the door between the kitchen and the scullery. But the pantry was empty; every scrap of food had gone.” The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Hello, again!

How is 2016 going for you so far? Sticking to your resolutions?

For this post, I’m sharing with you the must-haves in my cupboards and pantry. With these ten pantry essentials, I’m ready to tackle any cooking or baking escapade that strikes my fancy.Read More »

happy new year 2016

Food and My New Year’s Resolution

First, what did yesternight deliver?
“Another year has gone for ever.”
“Sketch-New Year’s Day [1790]” by Robert Burns

Happy New Year to you!

How did you spend New Year’s Eve? Did you face crowds and traffic for a celebratory excursion? Did the party come to you? Are you guilty of pigging out on more goodies than were good for you? (Raises hand.)

Did you make resolutions, ignoring the voice in the back of your mind taunting, “Why bother?”

Well, I made one I certainly intend to keep—one that will force that niggling, inner voice to eat her words.Read More »

chocolate fudge square

Fudging It: Quick Fudge or Old-Fashioned?

“Shirley was wishing for some of my fudge the other day—the Susan brand, as he called it—and I said ‘The first victory there is to celebrate I shall make you some.’ ” Susan Baker, Rilla of Ingleside, by Lucy Maud Montgomery


I’m debating whether to avoid a debacle.

messy chefYes, you read right. I’m wondering if I should or should not bring about a sweet, gloppy fiasco.Read More »

old-fashioned woman at stove

The Mix-Fix: 5 Food Tips for Thanksgiving Bliss

’T will ever sing the song they sung
That first Thanksgiving Day:
“Praise ye the Lord with fervent lips,
Praise ye the Lord to-day;”
So rose the song from all the ships,
Safe moored in Boston Bay.”—“The Thanksgiving in Boston Harbor” by Hezekiah Butterworth

Less than a week till Thanksgiving . . . a week until family and food come together in a festive celebration of gratitude.

Right now, you’re probably in the midst of plans and preparations. You’re caught in a grip of chaos.

Relax. Here’s some tips that will give you more time to sit back and count your blessings.Read More »

Which Brands of Pots and Pans?

               Oh, I’ve been up and down (said he) and round about also . . .
From Sydney to the Skagerack, and Kiel to Callao . . .
With a leaking steam-pipe all the way to Cali-forn-i-o . . .

                                                                                             “With pots and pans and ivory fans and every kind of thing,”–“British Merchant Service” by C. Fox Smith


No, that can’t be right . . .

Let me take another look . . .

Yup. No doubt about it.Read More »

coffee couple

The Most Expensive Coffee in the World Is a Big Waste

       “But the mother sets to work to make coffee—hot coffee is good for everything, and under all circumstances.” Skipper Worse by Alexander L. Kielland

National Coffee Day was yesterday. International Coffee Day, however, is tomorrow. What better time for this topic, wouldn’t you say? Read on, java drinkers!

Don’t think coffee is cool beans?

You might want to stick around anyway; this may prove enlightening.

Or a case of TMI.Read More »