FFwD – Spice Crusted Tuna

This week’s French Friday recipe just didn’t do it for me and mine. Our son was in town for business and had dinner with us. He was excited to hear we were having tuna but spit out his first bite! I didn’t go so far as to spit it out but I didn’t care for […]

BCM – Brown-Butter and Vanilla-Bean Weekend Cake

Man oh man! This is a good cake! My go to simple cake has been Alice Water’s     1-2-3-4 Cake  from The Art of Simple Food but this is even simpler and is now my favorite. One word of caution is on the brown butter. If you take it all the way to brown it needs […]

FFwD – Curried Mussels is Really Shrimp

Ok. Funny story. I like to feed the birds. I bought a fancy, squirrel proof feeder (yes, expensive). Gary dropped it. It cracked. I bought another one. Gary knocked it off the branch when he was trimming the tree. I bought another one. This time even more expensive, but it comes with a lifetime warranty, […]

Baking Chez Moi – Granola Energy Bars

When we were in Wisconsin last summer, finding local maple syrup was on our ToDo List. I googled brands, talked to relatives and knew it was getting to be decision time. The local tavern was just in front of the RV park we were staying at in tiny Jump River, WI. One evening while having […]

FFwD – This is supposed to be Arman’s Caviar in Aspic

Do you remember the song by Meatloaf, I Would Do Anything For Love? Remember the recurring lyric, “But I won’t do That”? I thought I would follow Dorie anywhere but when it came to fishy jello, I realized I won’t do that!   Gary’s in Memphis with his Mom, she’s not significantly better, and we […]

FFwD – Happy 2015 and Orange and Olive Salad

Oh my French Friday Friends! I am discombobulated, behind, and generally don’t know what I’m doing these days. The New Year is going full throttle and I feel like a passenger running along beside the vehicle, trying to get in and almost making it before it speeds off without me once again. Whew! It exhausts […]

#FBCOOKIESWAP – Cashew Cashew Cookies

This year’s Food Blogger Cookie Swap teamed with Cookies For Kids Cancer to help promote a good cause and also to insure that people who sign up to participate  are committed to seeing it through. It goes like this. Each blogger bakes 1 dozen cookies for three bloggers chosen by administrators. Send them off then […]

FFwD – Béatrix’s Red Kuri Soup

One of my favorite things about cooking my way through Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table with the French Friday group is trying new things. I had never heard of red kuri squash until Dori introduced me to them. Its a lovely cross between a pumpkin and a chestnut. And the best thing about it […]

TwD – Baking Chez Moi – Cranberry Crackle Tart

This time of year we’re all thinking about desserts and treats. If you’re like me you want to try something different but if its too different my family and friends will be polite, usually, but they really want the old standbys and favorites. At least that’s the way it is at my house. This cranberry […]

FFwD – Storzapretis

Dorie tells us this is a Corsican specialty made with local goat cheese called brocciu. If that’s not available whole milk ricotta can be substituted. I couldn’t find brocciu or the Italian ricotta that several Doristas were recommending so had to use grocery store ricotta. Dorie suggests draining the ricotta for a few hours. Mine […]