Cinnamon Sugar Topping

I like to keep a small jar of cinnamon and sugar mixed up together.  You can use this for cinnamon and sugar toast, yogurt topping, coffee cakes, muffin topping and so forth.  It really comes in quite handy. Vary the ratio to suit your individual tastes. 1 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons cinnamon Mix together and […]

Pickles: Refrigerator, Fermented, Freezer and Canned

Last year I played around with lots of different pickles, from the traditional fermented pickles (which start with salt and water and flavorings but no vinegar) to the vinegar-based canned (water bathed). Growing up, my mom made dill pickles every year and I totally took them for granted. I just assumed everyone could wander out […]

My Mom’s Dill & Garlic Pickles

Last year I made several different kinds of dill pickles and these were our favorites! It’s my mom’s old recipe. She sent me the yellowed newspaper clipping, bordered with Scotch tape. Last year, I didn’t add the alum but this year I did, just wanting to taste it the old original way.  I begged some […]

Provolone Turnovers aka Pardulas

These provolone turnovers from Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes made a fantastic dessert, drizzled with a bit of honey I picked up at the farmer’s market. (And  I swear it tastes way better than stuff from the grocer’s.) I’ve been watching her shows on television and this […]

Jamie Oliver’s Pickled Chili Peppers Recipe

In the back of Jamie Oliver’s The Naked Chef are two delightful recipes. The first I tried was his basic tomato sauce.  I’ve made several batches of it and have 1 cup portions in the freezer. It’s a good basic sauce for pasta or pizza, with some balsamic vinegar and some red chili peppers for […]