Baking Chez Moi – Lemon Madelines

Oh man! We are talking about the good stuff here. This recipe is super easy and dangerously delicious. I ate two while they were warm. I wasn’t sure about the glaze technique of glazing them cold and putting them under the broiler to melt the glaze so I took the easy way out and glazed […]

FFwD – Cabbage and Foie Gras Unbundled

I remember my mother cooking cabbage when I was a child. She and my dad loved it. We children, not so much. She would cut it into large chunks, cover it with water, maybe add a piece of pork or ham or bacon grease and then boil it, boil it, boil it. Remember? That’s how […]

FFwD – Chicken Couscous

Every culture seems to have its own version of chicken stew. Chicken is a mild flavored protein with an easy to chew texture making it a popular meat around the world.. And affordable, unless you’re looking for free range and grain fed. That raises the price a bit. Go to this Smithsonian site to learn […]

Baking Chez Moi – Marquise au Chocolat

This doesn’t taste the way I expected, but man oh man, is it ever good! Its denser than I thought it would be. Our visiting son described it as tasting like a fudgesicle for grown ups. I halved the recipe and made a mini loaf pan and a small round. We ate most of the […]

FFwD – Croquants

My Mother was the Queen of Trite Sayings. This could be annoying when trying to have a conversation with her.  It felt as though she  would quickly thumb through the index in her Book of Trite and pull out whatever worn phrase suited her mood and the occasion.  Now that we no longer have our […]

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 […]