A new way to whoopie pie

 During my first foray into the food world at SusieCakes Bakery in Los Angeles, I ate plenty of cupcakes and Snickerdoodle cookies, but the one treat I still drive out of my way for is the bakery’s whoopie pie.  The chocolate halves are extremely dense with a wonderful crackle, and the buttercream filling is not overtly sweet. So after years of drooling over the unique take on an old classic, I decided to experiment at home, and of course couldn’t wait to share this long-time-in-the-making edible discovery…...more

Choose your food carefully during the government shutdown

Fall is in the air.  The golden leaves are falling off the trees, the sweet, Honeycrisp apples are falling into the bushels, and the country is falling apart.    Or has fallen apart with the recent federal government shutdown.  And among the many unfortunate consequences is this:...more

Fat Tuesday: Beignets & Cafe au lait

This time of year, when Mardi Gras is in full swing and Fat Tuesday upon us,  I long for all things Creole, Cajun and well, downright bad for me like king cakes and hurricanes.   Beignets are the easiest of the Creole treats to craft – simply yeast-leavened fried dough....more

Mardi Gras: Pat O'Brien's Hurricane

I said it last year around this time, and I’ll say it again: Laissez les bon temps rouler!  Mardi Gras season is in full force this weekend in New Orleans, and that means beads, parades, casserole bowls full of red beans and rice, festively frosted king cakes and for the first time ever here on Edible Times: Hurricanes....more

Spiced Red Sangria

 I woke up this morning finally ready to hit the ground blogging again… as many of my followers continue to remind me that I haven’t posted so frequently lately.  I wanted to share a recipe for homemade pop tarts – healthier with less sugar – but I can’t find my rolling pin anywhere!   A victim of our move to Los Angeles, I believe, but problematic in this instance nonetheless.  So instead, I’d like to toast to 2013 by offering up a great recipe for red sangria....more

Christmas Cookies: Chocolate oatmeal cookie

I first want to wish all Edible Times and BlogHer friends a Merry Christmas!   In light of my recent AWOL status (short version = cross-country move plus a new job), I’d like to share a recipe that I truly believe will knock your Christmas stockings off....more

Oven-dried tomatoes: Amp up the flavor of off season fruit

Have you ever bought a tomato?  Sorry, dumb question.   Have you ever really tasted a tomato?  Not such a dumb question because most of the time tomatoes are the sideshow.  A little garnish for the burger or the salad.  And this is probably what’s best for our taste buds, because mass-produced tomatoes, especially the ones from Florida, are simply watered down, grainy versions of the real McCoy.  And gas is to blame....more

How to make Thai curry (and any Thai-inspired dish)

So this What I Ate Wednesday is more of a What I’m Eating Wednesday. Do you ever do that?...more

Meatless Mondays: Quinoa 'burgers' with portabella mushroom 'buns'

I think quinoa just might be the healthiest grain on the planet. You see, without boring you with all the scientific details,  it’s a complete protein.  And for a grain, that’s saying something.  You see the only other complete proteins – meaning food with all eight essential amino acids for human health – are meats.  But they come with a lot of baggage.  Quinoa comes without baggage, and actually brings much more to the table o’ health....more

Creamed Kale (or spinach or collards)

I recently received a call from the wild for kale recipes.  Something about the Bountiful Baskets Co-op and too much of the bitter green in the box and kids in need of convincing.   Enter creamed kale, and a recipe that can basically cream anything green, bitter and boycotted by the masses....more