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Spiced Sweet Potato Blancmange

Spiced Sweet Potato Blancmange

  Blancmange is kind of a curious recipe to pick for a holiday dessert– but hear me out. After a heavy meal, not everyone wants to shovel down a rich dessert packed with eggs and cream. Blancmange, a cooked custard-like dessert traditionally made with spiced almond milk, seemed like the perfect candidate to get a...
Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

Roasted Red Plum & Thyme Jam

I did a double take at the farmer’s market this weekend– were those this year’s apples? And grapes- already?!? If labor day and the start of school were not enough to let me know summer is on its way out, those apples sure were. I was instantly overcome with the urge stuff myself with stone...
Carrot Pie

Carrot Pie

My first pie of spring will be rhubarb custard, but those little rhubarb shoots are taking their sweet time, irrespective of my whining.  Where to look for pie inspiration when relegated to last year’s apples and root vegetables?  I ran across a turn of the century recipe that suggested using carrots to make pie, much...
Flaky Pie Dough

Flaky Pie Dough

I’ll be the first to tell you that this is not a special pie dough recipe. You can find all sorts of fancy recipes proclaiming the wonders of particular flours, cream cheese or even vodka. (Many of these use shortening or margarine,  ick.) Don’t get me wrong, some of these are excellent recipes that work...
White Bean, Kale & Bacon Soup

White Bean, Kale & Bacon Soup

More beans! And finally on to some big beans. Yes, they take a bit more preparation than lentils, and you have to remember to soak them ahead of time, and they take a long time to cook. But if you can get past the long cooking time big beans have some great culinary assets. For...
Sangria Jam

Sangria Jam

It is tricky trying to throw a fabulous party on a thrifty budget. Sangria stretches your most expensive ingredient (wine), but it does it in a sneaky, deliciously fruity way. Yes, sangria is cheaper than your average glass of wine. But it’s also festive, bright and delicious enough to avoid the bad rap that stretching...
Black Cake

Black Cake

Ultimately there are only a few ways to save money in your food budget– eat lots of cheaper foods, eat less expensive foods, don’t waste valuable trimmings, make things yourself. Usually my posts fall into the eat cheap foods and DIY categories. But were still in the thick of celebrating the new year, and even...
Pumpkin Taffy

Pumpkin Taffy

Happy Halloween, everyone! Now let’s all make our own candy! Homemade candy can be a fun, interactive alternative to the ubiquitous processed, artificial sweets. While most candy making is not particularly kid-friendly (think dangerous, boiling sugars and the most impossibly messy ingredient of all: melted chocolate). Taffy is a happy exception. Once the tricky boiling...
Savory Lentils & Greens

Savory Lentils & Greens

  I didn’t mean for this dish to be so good. I was really just looking for something serviceable as a vehicle to explain how to cook lentils. But it turned out to be so easy and delicious, I might just be making it all the time. Is two nights in a row too much?...
Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

To be perfectly honest, I am really more of an artisanal bread person. I swoon over a chewy yet crisp ciabatta, or a thick slice from a rustic boule. But I’m no bread elitist. I am not blind to the pleasures of American-style sandwich bread. It’s soft, moist even crumb is perfect for toasting, and...
Blood Orange Marmalade

Blood Orange Marmalade

Marmalade is much easier to make than most people presume (particularly made in small batches like this one). There are plenty of recipes dedicated to making jams and jellies with low sugar content. This is not one of those recipes. Marmalade is traditionally a sugar preserve — so I make no apologies about the sugar...
Potato Skin Crisps

Potato Skin Crisps

As I have mentioned before, potato skins can be put to good use in making a flavorful batch of broth. But they are also quite tasty cooked all by themselves. Recently I made a huge batch of sunchoke soup (incidentally if you ever have the better part of an afternoon to kill and feel like...