Ginger Cranberry Sauce; Works Well Under Pressure

Go directly to recipe Works well under pressure! That's a good thing, right? I mean, if someone says that about one it should be a compliment, right? Does it hold true if said person creates the pressure in order to get the work done? As well as I know me, I would think I would … Continue reading…

Farmhouse Pasta; The Allure of the Forbidden

Go directly to recipe What is it about the hidden things that make them so appealing? Something that's forbidden must be better than something that isn't. And something that is both hidden and forbidden, well, that is simply an invitation! My mother, so practical about many things, couldn't grasp this. Every Christmas she baked 6 … Continue reading…

Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup and Christmas Popcorn

Go directly to recipe When I was growing up we always strung popcorn for the Christmas tree.  It was a family tradition from my mother's childhood. My father would pop a huge tub (as in laundry tub) of plain popcorn; my mother would distribute needles with long, sturdy threads and we would make popcorn garlands … Continue reading…

Red Cabbage and Christmas Memories: The PRESENT

Remember the bunny Sedi, the slayer killed awhile back?  When we were out wandering for our walk today Emma found it and, before I could stop her, she ate it.  Can someone, please, get that sight and sound out of my mind?  PLEASE???? After I finished taking photos of my ornaments earlier this week I … Continue reading…

Savory Beef Pasta and Christmas Markets

Go directly to recipe First: Those of you who keep fruit bowls on the counter take note: today I learned that you cannot put kiwifruit and clementines in the same bowl.  The kiwifruit cause the clementines to turn to a moldy, mushy mess.  I don’t know why.  The kiwifruit were fine and only the fruit … Continue reading…

Christmas Cookies and, uh, Decorations…

Susan, of Food Blogga is collecting Christmas Cookies.  What a wonderful idea, I thought.  Except I don't bake Christmas cookies until right before Christmas. She told me I could wait until then to post, but then you wouldn't be able to try these fantastic cookies. A compromise! I'll post the photos then, and the recipes … Continue reading…

Christmas Breads and Church Cook Books

Go directly to recipe Church Cook Books.   (Did I mention I collect cook books?) I'll qualify this by saying I have over 20 of them so I speak from (some) experience. None are more recent than the mid-70's. Are they everywhere or is this simply a Midwest phenomena? For those of you who aren't familiar: … Continue reading…