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Sourdough starter discard decisions

In my never-ending quest to make my family’s diet less about commercial processed foods and more about wholesome ingredients, I make sourdough bread…without commercial yeast (yup, you read that right). I received the sourdough starter (descended from a batch more than a century old) for Mother’s Day, 2016, and after trial (and lots of errors),… [ Read More ]

homemade granola

It’s crunch time

I like things that crunch. In the Fall, I’ll go out of my way to step on the dried leaves…I love hearing that satisfying crunch underfoot. And if the leaf doesn’t crunch, I’m disappointed. The worst are those leaves that look perfectly crunchy, only to have them either disintegrate without a sound or kind of… [ Read More ]

Kahlua Cake, adapting recipes

Taking a risk

Are you a risk taker? Would you take an untested recipe to meet your husband’s boss for the first time? I’d say I’m a moderate risk taker…I like to try new things, especially if creativity is involved. And I have a moderate amount of confidence in my culinary abilities. Sometimes it backfires, and I kick… [ Read More ]

Springbank with Snacks

Food and drink…it kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Or rather, it rolls back across your tongue and down your gullet, but that’s not the point. It’s nice to sip on something, but it’s even nicer to have something to chew on as well, and especially with scotch, something that completes the picture… [ Read More ]

Crumbling Cookies

“Well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.” What is this…a statement of hopelessness? Futility? Nay, gentle reader, I say nay! This is a statement of hopefulness, of goodness and light, because now we have a way to make a wonderful pie crust. And we get to beat the hell out of cookies in the process!… [ Read More ]

A Flag for a Dad

This is a special Father’s Day post because…well, just because. When my husband celebrated his first Father’s Day, I made him and my older daughter special T-shirts for the day. The following year, I did it again. I called it “A Flag for a Dad,” and I used her little handprints as the stars. So… [ Read More ]

A Magical Dessert

It all started with Harry Potter, as these things are wont to do. My family was obsessed with the boy wizard (well, mostly my younger daughter and I), and we read the books, listened to the audiobooks in the car, and went to all the movies (then bought them on DVD). Yes, we were at… [ Read More ]

I’ll Have That On The Side… (Part II) Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 3

Clotted cream is something I think of that is so part of the High Tea tradition, so British, that I always assume it will be provided with the scones. You know, as in “here are your scones with clotted cream and jam.” It just rolls off the tongue. However, in the US clotted cream is… [ Read More ]

I’ll Have That On The Side…Tea Time and Finger Food, Part 2

What do you like to eat with scones? How about Lemon Curd? But before I begin, you might be wondering about the title of this post. Let me explain…I love series, especially books. I love knowing that something is coming next, that I’ll be finding out what happens to these characters. Part of my current… [ Read More ]

It’s but a Trifle

When I think about layers, several different images pop into my head. The scientist part of me immediately goes to sedimentary rock…layers upon layers of compressed silt and mud from ancient sea beds, trapping and fossilizing plants and animals alike. Southern California has many places where those rocks were thrust up into hills and mountains,… [ Read More ]