Dancing with the Green Fairy

Are you ready to 'Dance with the Green Fairy'? Do you even know the Green Fairy? I have to admit, I didn't.  Oh, I'd seen the paintings. I knew about 'the absinthe drinkers'; those degenerate artists who sat around the cafes in Paris, tippling some green concoction that inspired them to new heights of creativity. … 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…

Butchering the Great Pumpkin: A Pictoral

He tried to hide.  Really, he did!  He had a nice little mouse family living in a hole underneath him.   He was happy in the garden.But it was not to be.  We got him!  We had to haul him up with the garden tractor; he was too unwieldy for my trusty wheelbarrow. We let him … Continue reading…

Sausage, Pepper and Fennel Risotto; and Italian waiters

Go directly to recipe I will never forget the look on my son's face.  We were in a lovely restaurant in Genoa, Italy.  After he was through perusing the menu and had carefully given his order, the waiter looked him up and down and said "No!" He's a big guy (6'4"); not used to being … Continue reading…

Julia Child….and the road to hell~

When Lisa, at Champaign Taste announced her "2nd Annual Julia Child Birthday Event" I promptly jumped in.  I would make something wonderful, a fitting tribute to this marvelous woman who did so much for so many of us aspiring cooks. And I had a whole month to think, plan, prepare.  I had the best of … Continue reading…

Allioli; Aioli…What’s in a name? An egg yolk!

Go directly to recipe One of the guys I played golf with in Andorra was Spanish.  Yeah, I played with the guys.  What can I say, I've always been one of the guys.  I'm just not a girlie-girl, although I can tie a scarf with the best of them (I am French, after all…see previous … Continue reading…