I have a deep affinity for crackers. Not gourmet varieties, or even homemade, but good old plain Jane everyday crackers, be it Captain’s wafers, or saltines, and especially any kind that comes two-to-a-pack. I don’t think anyone needs a reason to like crackers but my fondness, I am certain, begins with my childhood memory of … Continue reading The Wonder Of Store-Bought Crackers
There is a difference between gardening to eat fresh and gardening to preserve. When preserving sometimes I am so overwhelmed by the large quantities and the rush of putting up the bounty I forget to step back and enjoy the freshness of the season.
This is the Midwest and we like baked potatoes and we aren't ashamed to say so. Loaded baked potatoes, twice baked potatoes, simple baked potatoes, in my part of the country it is un-American not to like them. For that matter, how good is a baked potato on those nights when they are what you … Continue reading RECIPE CARD: Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup
I am new to slow cookers. I bought mine with the intention of immersing myself into the world of the crock pot. My reasons are simple I need to create a few bigger blocks of time each week to immerse myself into other projects. It feels like the right thing to do. But I have … Continue reading Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (For the Slow Cooker)
If you can fortify coffee by whizzing in butter and making it into an emulsion of sorts, or make fortified wine by upping the alcohol to give it a boost, aging it, and calling it port then why not fortify your bone broth? Great chefs have known the deliciousness of consommé for centuries. Now I … Continue reading Putting the Bullet into Your Bone Broth: Consommé
Each year I look forward to making this recipe with the first broccoli from the fall garden. I'll make it several times from mid-autumn to early winter. It requires but a few humble ingredients which, when combined in the soup pot, are as satisfying as knowing you have an uncommitted hundred dollar bill in your … Continue reading Marcella’s Broccoli and Potato Soup
I really like chowders and really like French onion soup. This is the best of both those worlds. I don't like pasty chowders so I didn't thicken it except for the starch released from the potatoes. One tip I learned from Jasper White's 50 Chowders is to let the chowder rest covered for thirty minutes. … Continue reading Three Onion Chowder
It is shortly after all the present opening hullabaloo, when I look up from cutting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in half, that I see the look on Vivian’s face. I catch a glimpse of disappointment in her eyes and it is very clearly the look of self pity caused by not getting everything she … Continue reading Karilean Borscht with Resolution