I have a confession: I have never baked with canned pumpkin puree. I didn’t grow up eating pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread or pumpkin anything. Our holiday gatherings tended to have flan or Lulu’s choco-flan or dulce de camote. The closest I came to pumpkin in October were those little pumpkin-shaped candies that my mother would throw out of our Halloween baskets (source: dangerous halloween candy urban legend of the mid-80s). I baked my first […]
Remember when I processed all those tomatoes back in June? Well… I have 4 pints of crushed tomatoes and an open, half-pint of ketchup left. That is it. I have a long time to go before I can process in large quantities so umm… doing my best not to freak out. Thankfully, there are some tomatoes to be found almost year-round at the markets. Clearly need to reassess come June.
Love that I can do this on a moment’s notice now. Spotted softening fruit (5-6 apples) in the fridge. Cored and cut it. Simmered it in acidified water. Drained it and put it through a food mill and voila! I have a small jar of apple sauce that can be used for my applesauce muffins later this week. P.S. Thank you, Tamara! She thought of me when her “spring” cleaning yielded a food mill. There […]
One of the reasons that I love to cook so much has very much to do with its tangible and fairly immediate results. There is little in life that delivers satisfaction for heart and soul and tummy so quickly. Even the simplest of efforts appeases and comforts a famished belly. Baking on the other hand, requires quite a bit of patience and a stillness of the brain that I don’t have all that often. I’ve […]
We are finally spending weekends at home regrouping, replenishing and cooking. Up until now, weekends had been a mad and furious dash with famished tummies wandering about in a car in the dark in hopes of finding food. And then… we’d wander about with famished tummies in the daylight. This past weekend was the second of its kind – NO PLANS. We milled about the house in pajamas all day (the seven-year old won) and […]
Discovering that I can make granola on the stovetop was one of my biggest AHA kitchen moments ever. Turning the oven on in the insanity that is the Texas summer is nearly impossible, but granola is a household staple that we can’t really manage most weeks without. It’s super-easy, doesn’t get the house all hot and lends itself to mid-stream corrections and alterations should you find that you have a handful of walnuts or want to […]
We eat a fair amount of crackers in the house and if I could cut that out of our regular grocery list with it would come the sodium, fat and preservatives that our bodies don’t need. I do my best to buy organic when it comes to packaged and processed food, but that can get cost-prohibitive pretty quickly. And there they would be again, those darned fish-shaped “crackers.” So, I decided that today was the […]