My Journey into Indian Cooking

I recently became obsessed with learning how to cook quick, healthy, Indian food that tastes good....more

Traditional Irish Recipes: Dublin Lawyer, Limerick Ham, Colcannon, Brown Scones and Irish Soda Bread

Irish Food Favorites: They're Not Just for Saint Patty's Day Anymore  The following link is to five traditional Irish recipes including Dublin Lawyer, Limerick Ham, Colcannon, Brown Scones and Irish Soda Bread. No one is quite sure how "Dublin Lawyer" got it's name. It's an old, Irish recipe that's decadent in every way and makes a great, romantic dinner. Dublin Lawyer combines butter-sauteed lobster meat with a Jameson Irish Whiskey flambe and rich, heavy cream. The recipe serves two and is served on the half-shell. ...more

Stupid Mandoline

So I have one of these wonderful contraptions that are supposed to make it really easy to cut beautifully even, thin slices of anything really fast.  It comes with nice instructions on how to change the blades around to make julienne cuts, ridges, straight cuts, and various widths.  Unfortunately, it does not come with instructions on how to hold the food in the little food holding vice and actually cut the food....more

How to Make and Use Simple Syrups to Add Sweetness, Flavor

Incorporated into cocktails, or simply mixed with soda, seltzer or sparkling water for a refreshing non-alcoholic libation, simple syrup is an easy way to add sweetness and flavor to beverages. It's an easy, affordable ingredient to make and keep on hand, and can be used for more than just drinks....more

Melissa, it definitely solves that problem, and perfectly!

Mama Murtz, a cardamom variation ...more

How to Make Perfectly Shaped Cookies

I love baking cookies, but until recently I've never been fond of baking cut-out cookies. I've always found them to be too much effort, the results too uneven, the taste too bland. For lazy bakers like me, bar cookies like lemon squares or heath toffee bars are the only way to go: just dump your whole bowl of batter into a pan and cut into squares! ...more
Your cookies look great! I have dozens of cookies to bake this week, so I will be picking up ...more

Hungarian Mushroom Barley Soup

I really wanted to make some Mushroom Barley soup, but many of the recipes called for BUTTER or SOUR CREAM.  Or, quite frankly, they looked a little bland.  So, I decided to overhaul a highly rated recipe on allrecipes.com to make it lower in fat and dairy free.  The results were outstanding, so I feel compelled to share it with the world....more

BlogHer Voice of the Week: Tea of Tea & Cookies

I wish I had read Tea of Tea and Cookies on those lonely Valentine's Days as an unattached single, when the only way to survive this reputed holiday was to ignore it and insist that even if I had had a paramour that it wouldn't have made a difference--it was just another day in February. I would have seen that I had been missing the point. If, as Tea suggests, Valentine's Day is really about celebrating love in its most universal sense, then I was never really excluded from it....more

Again and again I am impressed with the writing in her blog entries.  Great choice to ...more

Sudanese aubergine (eggplant) dip

This recipe was given to me by my lovely Sudanese friend EB. It is called aswada: aswad means black in Arabic, and is the Sudanese word for aubergine (eggplant) because of its black skin. This dip is a cousin to babaghanoush, but with peanut and lime in place of tahina and lemon. It should be sharp and zingy and very garlicky.On Friday I had some of my absolute favourite ladies over for supper: Madame la Moue, Mrs Madeira, Mrs H, Madame Pantalon and me Julie. This went down very nicely with a glass of wine as a pre-dinner snack.Aswada...more

Creating a Grocery Pricebook

How many times have you gone into a grocery store to grab a few items & questioned your purchase because you think you can find it somewhere else cheaper?  This used to happen to me quite a bit before I began using a price book.   ...more

California Summer Rolls

http://www.shootfirsteatlater.com/2010/01/california-summer-rolls.html...more
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