Hobbit Day

When I was a preteen-teenager my mom invented Hobbit Day. We chose one day in the autumn and ate and drank and played games. No television, no electric lights, not even music from the radio. We would sometimes read our favorite part of the book or when questing was popular my mom would make up…

Cider Pancakes with Apple Topping

I owe my cooking skills to my mom. Don’t get me wrong, some of cooking is natural talent and the ability to understand what items taste good together but she taught me how to cook and appreciate food. She and my aunt took me to all kinds of restaurants and this was back when we…

Coconut Lime Poundcake

This cake is another one of my tweaked recipes. I found a recipe for a coconut poundcake in a Martha Stewart publication and thought I could improve upon the recipe. I added some lime and rum flavoring and I also lowered the fat and the sugar content slightly to make it a little healthier. It…

Banana Pudding Cupcakes

First of all let me thank everyone for the thoughtful comments and all the sharing of my last post. It means so much to me to know that it was read and touched people. I am not always so sage-like but when I get into that mood I promise to share! Writing for this blog…

Gingerbread and Gingerbread-Spice Cookies

This is another requested recipe and I am also giving you a bonus recipe at the end but I did not make it for you this time. I spent 3 days trying to get the recipe for the next post right. You wouldn’t think that Banana Pudding Cupcakes would be so hard but I sure…

Gluten Free Salmon Patties

This recipe was another request by a friend who wanted a healthier salmon patty. This has four ingredients if you count seasonings. Really easy  to make too especially if you have a food processor. I based this on a salmon dish I make where you crust a salmon filet in potatoes. You will need to…

Lemon Merigue Cupcakes

I am a huge fan of citrus-flavored desserts so the other day I was thinking about lemon meringue pie and wondering how I could make that into a cake or a cupcake. I like cupcakes not because they are in right now but because they don’t require me to really commit to decorating. Doing a…

Cheeserolls

We had a lightning strike take out our modem and I have been without the internet for nearly a week. The twitching is less now but the withdrawals are still bad. I have been posting from Starbucks which has free wifi but the coffee is ridiculous! Not that I drink coffee anymore. I gave it…

Samosas

A dear friend asked me for a recipe for samosas so despite my phobia of curry I started looking around at recipes. Some of them called for cooking the veggies until your peas would have been army green and mushy, gak, so I tweaked what I found and allowed for the use of dried spices in case you…

Tips and Tricks

I have had a few requests for what sites I like to visit, what cookbooks I cannot live without, what tools I love, and tips on substitutions etc. So this post is all about those things. If you ever have any questions or want a recipe for something feel free to post a comment here…