food, recipes

Hot Cross Buns

So much tastier than store bought ones -- try it for yourself! There's still time to make something special for Good Friday and Easter. These pastries were easy to find when I lived near Chicago. In Appalachia, it's easier to make them myself. The link includes a recipe and a bit of cross-pastry history. :)… Continue reading Hot Cross Buns

food, recipes

C’est bon! Truffles a Valentine do

Delicious and vegan! But, I will use less cocoa powder for dusting the next time around. 🙂 A recent interview with a now-local pâtissier from France inspired me to try my hand at homemade truffles. This vegan version includes a bit of berry puree, which he said is commonly used for French Valentine treats. There… Continue reading C’est bon! Truffles a Valentine do

recipes

Pumpkin palooza — you know you’re ready!

It's fall. Sort of. If you are more than ready, here are a handful of recipes to start the season off right from one of my newspaper posts. Some are from my blog archives -- but one is new and it is my fave of the moment. Nacho Pumpkin Soup is good enough to, say,… Continue reading Pumpkin palooza — you know you’re ready!

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Lemon mayonnaise

"Chic is a kind of mayonnaise -- either it tastes or it doesn't." Karl Lagerfeld, German designer This is so simple, it's hardly a recipe. But, I started making it about a month ago and it's such a burst of sunshine and spring I had to share it. Think of using it on any wrap… Continue reading Lemon mayonnaise

family life, recipes

First solo Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s how to pull it off without losing your mind or temper!

Just you and the dog this year? Don't hide from the challenge. You can still eat well! "Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." Erma Bombeck, American humor writer A recent survey suggested that – because of various COVID restrictions --… Continue reading First solo Thanksgiving dinner? Here’s how to pull it off without losing your mind or temper!