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… Continue reading Dad’s Holiday Cranberry Relish
How Chef John Makes "Punkin" Cheesecake - a Must See! 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… Continue reading Pumpkin Cheesecake
A friend, Betty Lou M., who grew up in Richmond, Virginia, says she has made this recipe ever since before she was a young bride 60+ years ago. These beans are very easy and mighty good, a great side for any occasion. We think they would probably be even better with fresh, local green beans, but we've been too lazy to try this. We're pretty sure these beans are close to the ones at Cracker Barrel.
Ham leftovers masquerade as prosciutto here. Easter rolls around and I think about ham. That was our family tradition when I was growing up. A ham dinner and an Easter Lamb Cake. But that's another post. These days, ham means Honey-Baked Ham (r) to me. Even though you can get a honey-glazed, spiral-sliced ham just… Continue reading Leftover impasta
My recent coffee crunch cake and chocolate cakes experiments, having turned out so well, makes me want to try more! But before I do, I'm thinking about enrolling in this cake-baking course from America's Test Kitchen...one of Dad's Helpers :). Here's the infomercial.... [viddler id=a217991f w=545 h=307]
OK, this recipe is the most decadent, delicious and delightful dessert recipe you're likely to find here on DRB. The Queen (it's all her fault) brought this recipe home from someone who brought these little devils to a church potluck. You may know those church potluck cooks...they feel no guilt making their most delectable, diet-wrecking,… Continue reading Pecan Bar Thingies
So many recipes start with diced onions...chili, pasta sauces, casseroles, you name it. So, knowing the standard and very effective way to dice an onion will save you lots of time and possibly angst, as well as make you feel like you're really getting better at the basic cooking tasks that help you become a more… Continue reading Dicing onions
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
A great, inexpensive dish for one or a whole crowd. Makes a side dish or main course. Can be varied indefinitely. Keys: Let the potatoes cook a long time without burning. Blackened edges are ideal and add flavor! Buy a bag of good quality, small red potatoes (1-1.5 inches diameter). My store sells a 1.5… Continue reading Dad’s Roasted Red Potatoes
Hats off to Jamie Oliver for caring about kids health and better eating.