The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chip cookies

It’s been years since I’ve baked chocolate chip cookies. We don’t have chocolate chips here for one thing. Okay, we do but they’re pathetic. I do ‘chocolate chunks’ – buy a good quality piece of chocolate and break it up with my special chocolate hammer. (If you don’t have a chocolate hammer you really should … Continue reading…

How To Cook Frozen Dumplings to Taste Fresh

I love dumplings. Not the bready, biscuit-type dumpling one finds with chicken but Chinese dumplings. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever had the first kind. I don’t think it’s popular in Scandinavian cooking…. I digress. One of the things I miss about the U.S. (there aren’t very many) was being able to get Chinese or … Continue reading…

Great Recipes for Grilling

On Tuesday it was cold and rainy. The temp barely hit 15C (59F). I had the winter quilt on the bed and tucked in a hot water bottle. (Our furnace was turned off a month ago but that’s another story.) Wed. it was sunny and the temps hit 25C (77F). I dug out my sandals … Continue reading…

A guide to buying Fish from a FishMart

Nutritional Information: A guide to buying Fish from a FishMart When we lived in Andorra, after many months of going to the fishmonger, clueless, I realized that I needed to learn fish. Every week, while waiting my turn, I would watch the locals come up to the counter and order enough fish, shellfish, crustaceans, etc. … Continue reading…

Ideas For an Anniversary Dinner at Home

Our anniversary is at the end of this month. We almost always remember. We almost always eat at home. It’s much less expensive to enjoy a really good bottle of wine at home – and not have to worry about driving afterwards. We’re pretty confident that the food will be as good as most restaurants, … Continue reading…

Spiced Coffee – get creative with your own blend

There are a lot of things that I love about Morocco: the souks, the shopping, the culture, the food, the people, the architecture…. I love the mint tea that is everywhere. And the spiced coffee…. At the last riad we stayed at they made the most wonderful spiced coffee. We found some to buy (of … Continue reading…

Things to Know about Smoked Salmon

I grew up in a small town along the Mississippi. Fishing was a common past time and, as the local hunters had their own smoke houses, smoking fish was equally common. I loved smoked fish. It was all hot-smoked (cooked) and I just assumed (ahem) that was how it was done. Fast forward a decade … Continue reading…