Coffee Crunch Cake is the Queen’s absolute favorite birthday treat. Picking one up at Stickney’s restaurant in Palo Alto (sadly, now gone) was part of the drill for her big day each year. This year, Dad (not much of a baker), is finally making one from scratch to help us celebrate, although now far from California. Continue reading Coffee Crunch Cake
Source: Travelin’ Man
About to become one of my favorite foodies, Michael Ruhlman has it all: perspective, perspicacity, and panache. Thanks to friend and foodie Adrian Vigliano for the referral. Enjoy.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
We’re serious about finding the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, so we had to do some basic research. Here’s a classic with a video to let you in on the key secrets of getting these favorites just right in YOUR kitchen.
The Best Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies. Offered by PBS.org.
We’ll just have to see how they stack up and report back later!
The Queen gave me a great cookbook for Christmas some years ago that was full of the “Best Recipes of 1999,” according to someone. About the only thing I’ve made more than once is a chili recipe, although I’ve played with it to the point where it’s now a classic item in Dad’s Recipe Box. You, too, can play with it to your heart’s content. Just make sure to include the most special ingredients and techniques, and you’ll have everyone ooohing and ahhing for more. Continue reading Dad’s Classic Cook-off Chili!
It’s been a long, cold winter here in our town. Since the New Year, really, we just haven’t felt much like eating cold food. You know, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Weird thing. Comfort food has tasted that much more comfortable in this weather. But spring will come, eventually, and with it the feeling that a green salad, fresh fruit for snacks, and crudities as appetizers will again feel comfortable…and healthy. Here’s some motivational reading from NPR. Have a green spring.
New Orleans is one of our favorite places. On our first trip there, in the 70s, we visited – through pure luck – two of its greatest restaurants: Antoine’s, where we had pompano en papillote (in a paper bag) and Brennan’s, for its famous breakfast. We took away two Hurricane glasses and The New Orleans Restaurant Cookbook along with a devotion for New Orleans food. Continue reading Yams Richard (ree-shar)
For holiday feasts, that is. I have nothing, exactly, against the standard green bean, mushroom soup, onion things casserole. But unless you make it from scratch, it just doesn’t compare, for flavor with this easy and candy-esque treatment for b’sprouts. One of the secrets, of course, is bacon. The other is to cook the heck out of the sprouts until they are the kind of candy you like. Continue reading Brussels sprouts are the new green beans
My first cook book was the Craig Claiborne classic, The New York Times Cook Book. My now ancient, paperclip bookmarks tell the story of why I bought it. Thanksgiving. Bookmarked are “Turkey,” “Basic Bread Crumb Stuffing,” “Mashed Potatoes,” and “Cranberry Relish.” I have referenced the last one each year that I’ve made Thanksgiving dinner.
This version uses cooked berries, not raw, and lots of sugar. Get over it. It’s just great. Continue reading Dad’s Holiday Cranberry Relish
Chef John does it again. The Queen has asked for pumpkin cheesecake. I check out the version on ATK, but am so taken with Chef John’s production values, I decided to include his version here. Dad’s version will revert to a graham cracker crust and add bourbon to the whipped cream dollop. More to follow! Continue reading Pumpkin Cheesecake