Cooking with Roses

Cooking with Roses

As you can see, roses are an inspiring addition to the creation of food. A feast for the eye, titillation for the romantic heart, nurture for the palate. Sooooo……let’s get cooking!

At the base of most rose recipes are the flower petals mixed into the food ingredients or made into simple syrups. Rose petal tinctures may also be used in cooking and for mixing drinks. For visual impact, use richly colored, jewel tone roses. For delicacy, use white or pale pink roses. Always pick the most fragrant, perfume scented roses.

Banana Cobbler. Amazing.

Banana Cobbler. Amazing.

Bananas almost always fit my budget, so I almost always have a few on hand that need to be eaten today or be bread tomorrow. Sometimes I don’t want banana bread, however, and my quest for a fresh banana treat is what delivered unto me this amazing recipe. Manna from heaven. Mananas from heaven, maybe, snickersnicker.

Making Russian Borscht

Making Russian Borscht

Russian Borscht Recipe Once upon a time, a long time ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a traditional Russian birthday party for a co-worker who had recently immigrated to America. I had a sneaking suspicion that it would be raucous when I arrived and took a...

Spinach Chestnut Pesto

Spinach Chestnut Pesto

I absolutely adore chestnuts. Granted, I had never experienced them until well into adulthood, but it was instant love when I finally ate my first roasted chestnut. I had spent most of my childhood reading books that described chestnuts roasted over open fires. And then there are the Christmas songs. I felt like I had been left out of this mysterious holiday tradition.

Vegetable Watercress Soup

Vegetable Watercress Soup

A while back I watched some horrific video on how our meat is handled while it still has a heartbeat, and decided to become a vegetarian. It was short lived however, when I discovered that there were humane ways to put meat in the grocery store.

Veggie Hoppin’ John with Savory Cornbread Waffles

Veggie Hoppin’ John with Savory Cornbread Waffles

This all started with the Great Waffle Drought. I didn’t bring my old waffle maker with me when we headed East, it was a hand-me-down on it’s last leg and I figured a new one would be easy to come by. Wrong. I kept hoping for one when Mother’s Day and such gift-giving holidays would roll around and kept not getting one, until not giving me one became a kind of running joke that everyone laughed at except me. At long last, when the dream had faded to a mere vague longing, the Old Man surprised me with a Belgian style kajigger.

My Quest for the Perfect Ice Cube

My Quest for the Perfect Ice Cube

I have long had a hate-hate relationship with ice cubes in my beverages. Every time I raise my glass to take a sip, the ice cubes go rushing up the glass in a mad, desperate attempt to take up residence in one or both of my nostrils. Either that, or I simply get slapped in the face with an icy, wet blast of irritation. And if I don’t consume my drink with the speed of a dehydrated castaway on a deserted island, the ice dilutes my drink to a lovely flavor of stale water.

Carrot Cake Cookies: The World’s Best Vehicle for Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cake Cookies: The World’s Best Vehicle for Cream Cheese Icing

I know, empirically, that carrot cake doesn’t count as a serving of vegetables. Or that an incredibly huge slice doesn’t count as two servings of vegetables. I think we all do.

Yet I still have a vague sense that it’s somehow wholesome and good for me, even though my best recipe for carrot cake calls for a whole cup of mayonnaise. A wholesome, somehow good-for-me-excuse to eat frosting in front of company, because it seems bad manners to shovel it in my mouth with a spoon.

Gluten-Free Corn Chowder

Gluten-Free Corn Chowder

Gluten-Free Corn Chowder Recipe While it may be bright and sunny skies where you live in mid-March, here in New England we're getting an 18" of snow! Who better to make a chowder than a New Englander on a snowy day! I'm a huge fan of chowder, but the canned crap at...

Fresh Baked Bagels

Fresh Baked Bagels

Boy howdy was I ever grumpy when I awoke on this dreary 13th day of the 13th week of the 13th month of this longest. winter. ever. Or so it seems, with the polar vortexing and the winter storms that have people names that I hate. So, always striving towards efficiency, I decided to try the productive anger management therapy known as “hand kneading stiff dough.” And the oven heats the house up nicely, so we got a twofer.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Allow me to confess right now that I, after a lengthy teenage rebellion and equally lengthy post adolescent period of disdain for conformity, am now settled in a lovely midwestern suburb. Seriously. Sometimes I coach youth soccer. I do PTA things. I do PTA Baking Committee things.

Simple Sushi

Simple Sushi

Yes! Making sushi IS that easy! I was tired of being sushi less since moving so far away from a plethora of Japanese cuisine to choose from in a big city, so I decided to read a bit on how to make sushi. After having one attempt at rolling I realized I could teach anyone to do this!

Vanilla Rose Valentine Cake

Vanilla Rose Valentine Cake

Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, I thought I’d share a story of love with you. It is a short story about love and birth, family and new life, and a couple of pounds of confectioner’s sugar. My little sister is nearing the end of her second pregnancy and will soon be bringing a tiny girl child into the world. Beyond ecstatic at the impending arrival and having the tendency to share love for my family through the food that I cook, I decided to bake a “Welcome to the World” cake for my sister and future-niece.

Rosemary in My Cookies?!

Rosemary in My Cookies?!

Wait.. what? Rosemary… cookies? Okay, I gotta try this. So with a function coming up that I needed to provide some nibbles for, I decided these cookies were sufficiently fancy enough to make. I was a little skeptical at first, after all rosemary, my most favorite herb of all time was supposed to be put in savory dishes, not cookies!

Ten Foodie Things We Loved in 2013

Ten Foodie Things We Loved in 2013

From Foraging to Filipino Comfort Food, Fusion Hot Dogs to Canned Beer, see our top ten list of Foodie Finds in 2013. ~ It’s as if the heavens opened up and God bestowed his grace upon us mere humans. Good beer in blissfully lightweight and easily portable cans. At last! Say goodbye to bitter beer face and all other forms of liquid stank. Hello hiking, kayaking, beer-loving nirvana!

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