Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Cream together:
3/4 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1 egg
2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cloves
2 t. ginger
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
Make balls. Roll in sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes, depending on how chewy or crunchy you want them to be.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Orange Salsa

4 chopped navel oranges
1/2 c diced red onion
1/2 c chopped cilantro
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 T lime juice
1/4 tsp ground chipotle pepper
1- 4 oz. can diced green chiles
1 tsp salt

Blend or mix, depending on how chunky you want the salsa to be. As a sauce on top of fish or chicken, perhaps chunkier is better. I like it blended down to a smoother texture, personally.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tom Douglas' (Seattle Chef) Crab Cakes

(ganked and abridged)
1 lb Dungeness crab, drained
1 cup, plus 2 tbs mayonnaise
2 tbs, plus 2 tsp lemon zest
2 tbs, plus 2 tsp fresh dill
2 tbs, plus 2 tsp fresh chives
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup panko crumbs
5 tbs butter, unsalted
lemon wedges

Mix crab, mayo and spices
Form into patties
Dip in crumbs
Lightly brown in sautee pans, bake at 450 for twelve minutes, until golden brown on both sides (may require turning mid-bake)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Aviator

The Aviation.  This is now my favorite.  Gin, maraschino cherry liquer, lemon juice (sometimes lime) and... creme de violette.   The color of the drink is of the sky.  
  • shot of gin (I like it with lots of botanicals, but that's me)
  • tsp of the creme de violette
  • half ounce (third of a shot) of the maraschino
  • half a shot of lemon juice
Or, make 3 at once
  • 3 shots of gin
  • half shot of the creme de violette
  • shot of the maraschino liquer
  • shot and a half of lemon juice
Pour over ice in a shaker, shake, strain over chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a cherry or twist of lemon peel.  Mmmmm.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Kiwi Savory Pie Crust

bite.co.nz has a recipe for pie crusts

When they say the butter should be chilled, I think it must mean just about frozen, as they expect you to grate the butter over the flour. Good luck with that if there's any softness at all to the butter.

How in the world do you "cut the butter into the flour with two dinner knives"? Must be some sort of Maori cultural skill.

25 min. @ 395

200 gFlour
125 gButter, chilled
½ tspSalt
⅓ cupWater, iced

(6/13/2014) Yes! Grate the frozen cubes of butter. Turns out very nicely and mixes easily.

Short Crust (for pie base) ratio: 225 g flour to 100 g butter

Friday, April 25, 2014

Herbed Biscuits

H/T Parade Magazine

8 tbsp. unsalted cold butter, cubed
2 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp. chopped fresh dill
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
3/4 cup buttermilk

1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder salt, baking soda, and herbs in food processor, pulse to combine. Drop in butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Pour in buttermilk and pulse until mixture just comes together.
3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Pat into a rectangle, then cut into thirds. Stack thirds on top of each other and pat out into a rectangle again. Repeat twice, then pat into a 4x12 rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise and then into 8 square biscuits.
4. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet until puffed and golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Party Potatoes

A link to the recipe on Campbell's Soup site.

I added smoked Gouda cheese instead of cheddar, and about three green onions, chopped coarsely, and substituted Campbell's Cheddar Cheese soup for Cream of Chicken.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


½ large, sweet red pepper, chopped ½ large, green bell pepper, chopped 1 cup sliced mushrooms 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or pepper jack, or combination) 1 can asparagus chopped cooked ham or bacon 7 large eggs, lightly beaten ½ cup light mayonnaise ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp white pepper 2 tbsp chopped basil Layer pepper, mushrooms and half the cheese in lightly greased 9 ½” deep dish pie pan or casserole dish. Top with asparagus, meat and remaining cheese. Combine eggs with mayonnaise, salt and pepper, pour over cheese. Top with basil. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes – clean knife test.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Detox Soup

Ok, I'll try anything once - and I'm a big soup fan.

Eat Your Greens Detox Soup
from The Oh She Glows Cookbook
Serves 3
1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil or olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups sliced cremini or white button mushrooms (about 8 ounces)
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
Fine-grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 to 3 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 cups vegetable broth
2 large nori seaweed sheets, cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) strips (optional)
2 cups (500 mL) torn kale leaves
Fresh lemon juice, for serving (optional)
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.
Add the mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli and stir to combine. Season generously with salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes more.
Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add the broth and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes.
Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and kale and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Pain Raisin and Danish

From my old friend, Dave.

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Prep Time:

6 hr 0 min

Inactive Prep Time:


Cook Time:

10 min




About 20 croissants or pain au

Use a stand mixer for this recipe. Most hand-held mixers will not hold up to the strength of this dough.


For the dough:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Scant 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh compressed yeast
  • Generous 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 1/3 cups bread flour, plus extra if needed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Generous 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter

For the pain au chocolat:

  • 9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped. 
    • Finely chopped is easier to work with.  The recipe read Bitter-sweet or unsweetened but the semi-sweet is MUCH better. 

For the pain au raisin:

  • Almond cream, recipe follows
  • Hydrated Raisins, recipe follows

For the Danish:

  • Almond cream, recipe follows
  • Canned fruit

For the egg wash:

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • Scant 1/4 cup whole milk


Prepare the dough: Melt the 3 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Allow the butter to cool to room temperature. It should be warm to the touch.

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the cold water. Place the flour, salt, sugar, milk, and melted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Set the mixer on medium speed and mix just until the ingredients are dispersed, about 5 seconds. Add the dissolved yeast and beat on medium-high speed until the dough is well combined and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, about 1 minute. If the dough is too soft, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it is firmer. (The dough is too soft when it cannot hold its shape.) If the dough is too hard, add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until it has softened. (The dough is too hard when it is difficult to mix in the mixer.) Remove the dough from the mixing bowl. If the dough is slightly sticky and ropy, knead it with your hands for about 30 seconds, until it is smooth. Pat it into a ball. Place the dough on a lightly floured baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and let it proof at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to an 8 by 15-inch rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. Wrap the rectangle in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. The cold retards the rising process, allowing a slow fermentation to help develop the flavor of the dough.

The thickness is the most important aspect of each of the rolling tasks.  Keeping the edges straight from the beginning will greatly aid in the final cutting stage; but I have a suggestion when the time comes should you have uneven edges.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap the rectangle, and place it with a long side facing you on a lightly floured work surface. Spread the softened butter evenly over the right two thirds of the dough. Incorporate the butter by folding the (butterless) left third of the dough over the center, Then fold the right third of the dough to the left, to resemble a folded letter. Roll this out into another 10 by 30-inch rectangle about 1/8-inch thick. Fold each short end of the dough to the middle so they meet but do not overlap. Then fold one half over the other half and, if necessary, rotate the dough so that the seam is on your right. Wrap the folded dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, unwrap it, and place on a lightly floured work surface. Roll it into a 10 by 30-inch rectangle and turn it so a long side faces you. Give the dough a single fold by folding the left third of the dough over the center third, then fold the right third of the dough to the left. Now the dough should resemble a folded letter. Wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out the dough into a 10 by 36-inch rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. Keep the thickness even and the edges straight. This will make it easier to cut the croissants or pain au chocolat.

For Croissants:

Use a sharp chef's knife (Or a pastry/ravioli or pizza wheel) to cut out triangles with a 2 ½ to 4 inch base and 10-inch sides. Lay each triangle on a lightly floured work surface with the tip facing you. Gently pull the tip toward you; this light stretch adds layers to the finished croissant without adding density. Use the palms of your hands to roll each triangle up from the base to the tip. Grasp the outer edges and turn them slightly inward so that they resemble the classic Croissant shape.

At this stage, they can be frozen for up to 1 week if well wrapped in plastic wrap. Thaw on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet overnight in the refrigerator before proceeding.

Place the rolled croissants on a parchment covered baking sheet; spaced about 2 inches apart. Loosely cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap. Allow the croissants to proof at room temperature until they have doubled in size and appear light and full of air; about 2 to 3 hours depending on the temperature of the room and of the dough.

For Pain au Chocolat:

With a sharp chef's knife; cut the dough into 3 ½ by 4 ½ inch rectangles. Lay each rectangle on a lightly floured work surface, with a long side facing you, and place about ¾ to 1 tablespoon of the chopped chocolate in the upper third of each one. Fold that third of the dough over the chocolate. Place about another ½ tablespoon of the chocolate along that new seam of the folded dough. Fold the bottom third of the dough over the chocolate.

At this stage, they can be frozen for up to 1 week if well wrapped in plastic wrap. Thaw on a parchment covered baking sheet overnight in the refrigerator before proceeding.

Turn over the pain au chocolat so the seams face down. This will keep them from opening as they bake. Place them on a parchment covered baking sheet; spaced about 2 inches apart. Loosely cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and allow the pain au chocolat to proof at room temperature until they have doubled in size and appear light and full of air, about 2 to 3 hours.

For the Pain au Raisin:

Have dough rolled to the 10 by 36-inch rectangle. Use an offset spatula to spread a 1/8-inch-thick layer of almond cream over the dough, spreading it all the way to the edges of the rectangle. Sprinkle the top of the almond cream with the hydrated raisins. Roll the dough toward you, starting at the long side. Try to keep the roll tight and even. Cut the roll into 1-inch-thick slices. You will have a tail on each slice. To close the pain au raisin, simply tuck the tail under the dough. Place the pain au raisin on a parchment covered baking sheet, spaced about 2 inches apart. Allow the Pain au Raisin to proof at room temperature until they have doubled in size and appear light and full of air; about 2 to 2 hours depending on the temperature of the room and of the dough.

For the Danish with apricots or cherries:

Roll the dough into a 10 by 36-inch rectangle. Roll up the dough into a long cylinder that is about 2 inches in diameter. Use a sharp knife to make cut 1 1/2-inch slices and lay flat to see the spirals. Place on a parchment covered baking sheet. Allow the Danish to proof at room temperature until they have doubled in size and appear light and full of air; about 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Use your fingers to make an indentation/pocket in the center of the dough. Add a dollop of almond cream to the center of each Danish. Top with fruit (I used canned apricots halves and cherries) that have been drained on a wire rack placed over a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. Place the apricot half cut side down onto the almond cream. Or use 3 to 4 cherries.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Make an egg wash by whisking together the egg yolks, whole egg, and milk in a small bowl until well combined. With a pastry brush, very gently coat the pastries completely with egg wash. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
  • If you have leftover tails of dough after cutting, spread a generous layer of jam on them, then twist them and bake these like the rest.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the freezer if well wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 2 weeks. Thaw at room temperature and warm in the oven before serving.

Almond Cream:

  • Almond cream is always baked to a spongy, cake-like texture and can be used by itself or in combination with nuts or fruits. The addition of starch to this recipe ensures that it will not run out of a pastry shell during the cooking process.
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon room temperature unsalted butter
  • Generous 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Generous 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 large egg
  • Scant 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Place the butter, sugar, and almond flour in a medium-size mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer set on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. The mixture will be dry and sandy until the butter begins to incorporate. Add the egg and mix well. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the side of the bowl as needed. The egg is well incorporated when the mixture is light and creamy, about 3 minutes. It is important to allow time for this air to beat in, otherwise, the almond cream will be too heavy.

Add the flour and beat on low speed just until it is no longer visible, about 30 seconds.

Pour the almond cream into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Allow it to come to room temperature before using and beat it lightly with an electric mixer set on medium speed until it returns to its initial volume and is once again light in texture and color.

Yield: 1 3/4 cups Preparation time: 15 minutes

Hydrated Raisins:

  • Mix a blend of 10 to 20% liquor to water. If you do not dilute the liquor with water, be prepared for a very strong burst of flavor.
  • Start with about 1 cup raisins
  • Water, as needed
  • Dark rum, brandy, Bailey’s or your flavored liquor

Place the raisins in a mixing bowl or glass jar and add water so that it covers the raisins by about ½ inch. Stir in the alcohol. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours. It is even better to allow the raisins to hydrate for 2 to 3 days. You can keep them in the refrigerator for a few weeks. When you are ready to use them, strain the amount that you need through a fine-mesh sieve before adding them to the recipe.

Yield: 1 cup Preparation time: 24 hours

Sunday, January 19, 2014

iHop Pancake Batter

Ganked from...well, you know.

1-1/4 cups AP flour
1 egg
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup cooking oil
pinch of salt

Mix well until smooth. Makes 8 to 10 pancakes

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sauce Overload

I was just putting away some hot sauce in the fridge, when I realized what a compulsive collector of condiments and sauces I am.

Right now, just in the fridge door I have:

  • Red Devil Hot Sauce
  • McIlhenny Tabasco
  • Chili Lime Cholula
  • Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • Spicy Thai Chili Sauce
  • Nando's Peri-Peri Sauce
  • Thai Yellow Curry Sauce (Sweet and Sour Sauce, Worcestershire and Soy in the cupboard nearby)
  • Kosher Horseradish
  • Beaver Wasabi Horseradish
  • Beaver Sweet Hot Mustard
  • French's Yellow Mustard
  • Sweet Baby Ray's Sweet N Spicy BBQ Sauce
  • Sweet Baby Ray's Award Winning BBQ Sauce
  • A1
  • La Victoria Thick N Chunky Salsa
  • Mayonnaise
  • Ketchup
  • Ranch, Bleu and Tuscan Italian Dressing
  • Sweet and Dill Relish
I know, first world problems, right?