On our recent trip, we spent a few days in Montreal with Toby’s parents. It was great to see them and we were greeted on our arrival with homemade shrimp and pork wontons – love them! My mother-in-law was kind enough to make them again later in the week and walk me through making them, so watch for a future blog post on those! Toby … Continue reading Quebec City – A Foodie Adventure
After writing up my synopsis of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s course at the King Arthur Baking Education Center, I found there were a few things that I thought were great tidbits of information so here are five additional tips about jams and preserves. If the recipe calls for processing times of 10 minutes or greater, there is no need to sterilize the jars in boiling water beforehand. … Continue reading 5 More Things…
I recently spent an amazing couple of days at the King Arthur Baking Education Center in Norwich, Vermont. My friend, Natashe, and I took a jam and baking course there with Cathy Barrow, of Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen and author of “Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry”. The facilities were great and the King Arthur staff were attentive, friendly and so helpful. And I was kind of like … Continue reading Jammin’ and Bakin’ in Vermont
The hubby and I (along with our half pint!) are packing up the car and hittin’ the road for a border crossing adventure! I’m so excited for the trip for a number of reasons. We’ll take two days to drive up to Norwich, Vermont, home to the King Arthur Baking Center, so I can attend a two-day baking class with Cathy Barrow, author of Mrs. … Continue reading Hittin’ the road!
A few years ago, I picked up a copy of “All About Braising” by Molly Stevens because I wanted to do more braising recipes for guests as they can be done in advance with minimal work prior to plating. I love this book and have cooked from it many times for dinner parties. Her recipes are straightforward, elegant and delicious. I wanted to use some … Continue reading Braised Green Beans with Tomatoes
Several years ago, the Washington Post Food Section printed a recipe for Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille and I knew I had to make it. This was even in our condo living years, before we had a garden that grew too much zucchini and yellow squash. I love the rustic feel of this dish and the flavors really pop. I’ve made it for guests many times as … Continue reading Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille
Our first experiment with hibiscus cocktails yielded an absolute winner. We invited our neighbors over for cocktails and dinner and this pitcher of drinks was gone in no time. When having quests over for drinks, I love using drink recipes that can be made in a pitcher ahead of time. Not only do you get to enjoy your guests more without constantly having to re-make … Continue reading Hibiscus Tequila Cocktail