Desserts from Traditional England

One of my favorite holiday movies is the 1984 version of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott. The film shows Christmas Pudding made by Mrs. Cratchit and illustrates it’s importance to a successful holiday meal. The historic dessert like many desserts before, began as more of a main dish made with meat and contained plums as a sweetener. By the 17th century … Continue reading Desserts from Traditional England

The Caramel Apple Fiasco

We all went over to my friend’s house, she has the full baker’s kitchen, large and heavily equipped. We decided to make fun and easy recipes, caramel apples and meringue cookies. We got out the slow cooker and began heating the caramel for dipping apples and 15 minutes later measured out the egg whites for the cookies. The egg whites needed to sit for half … Continue reading The Caramel Apple Fiasco

Celebrating Holidays All Year Long

My friend and I were shopping around town trying to find some fun holiday foods; Christmas cakes, pastry, candy, you know the usual calorie stackers. Suddenly, I had a moment of sheer virtue and decided not to overdo it this season. Of course the season is not nearly over yet, so we’ll see what comes. As I was applying myself to this new found discipline, … Continue reading Celebrating Holidays All Year Long

Los Tacos – Adding Color to an Ordinary Day

I wanted to try something outside of the lunch box, so I drove a few extra blocks to Los Tacos Restaurant on Royal Palm Boulevard in Coral Springs (FL). Based on the recommendation I was not surprised at how tasty the food was. What amazed me was the atmosphere. Everywhere my co-worker and I looked there were beautiful hand crafted pieces of Mexican folk art … Continue reading Los Tacos – Adding Color to an Ordinary Day

Desserts of the New York Times

In the New York Times Cook Book (Revised Edition) first published in 1961 you will find a collection of recipes that span generations. This is a recipe for Gingered Figs, originally from that book and also revised to span more generations in my family. I will be honest with you. I am not a huge fan of figs, figgy pudding, or any other fig combinations, … Continue reading Desserts of the New York Times

Salad -The Healthy Camouflage

My co-worker and I went out after work the other night and were very hungry. We decided to stop at IHOP. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all on one menu, what’s not to like? I wanted something “healthy” and tasty but more on the tasty side, sort of cheeseburger and fries tasty. After searching around I noticed this great looking Cobb Salad which contained the typical … Continue reading Salad -The Healthy Camouflage

Holiday Times – Making the most of them

I have adjusted to the idea of the holiday season arriving again, so soon. I do not want to take for granted the opportunity to celebrate. No one can tell what lies ahead, so I am going to spend as much time as I can enjoying the occasion. I have begun the holiday food shopping which happens in stages over the coming week. The small … Continue reading Holiday Times – Making the most of them

Dessert for Dinner

Today was a very busy day and left me feeling worn down. I needed a special pick-me-up so I decided to stop at Doris Italian Market on my way home. They have great meats and deli, but most of all I love their butter cookies. It seems like such a simple term for something so colorful and lavish. I enjoy finger cookies layered with raspberry … Continue reading Dessert for Dinner

Truffles – Mushrooms or Chocolates?

Truffles (Mushrooms): The great fungi are found in Amsterdam, The U.K., and Italy and various other regions. Many emit an “intoxicating fragrance” while others are said to be a little stinky. Whichever, you choose, this mushroom type food is likely to look unsavory on the outside but taste quite delicious on your pizza. That pizza topping would raise the price of the Friday night snack … Continue reading Truffles – Mushrooms or Chocolates?