Sunday’s Recipe: Cajun Blackening Seasoning Mix

This spicy seasoning mix is great rubbed on fish, chicken, steaks, ribs, or even sprinkled into scrambled eggs.  It is much less expensive than buying the gourmet type blackening seasoning, and will keep for a long time stored in the refrigerator or freezer.  It will make about a half cup of mix. Cajun Blackening Seasoning Mix […]

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Saturday’s Recipe: Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce

Oh, my goodness, this is so rich and good served over ice cream.  I love the addition of the malted milk powder.  This is for all you chocoholics!  Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce 2/3 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder1/4 cup malted milk powder3/4 cup heavy cream1/2 cup light corn syrup2 Tablespoons butter1 teaspoon vanilla  Combine […]

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The Silver Palate Cookbook

It is said that Julee Rosso and Shelia Lukins changed the way people cooked in the 80’s.  When the two women opened up their 165-square-foot shop on New York’s Upper West Side, few Americans could find raspberry vinegar, knew how to make tapenade from scratch, could find chevre at any grocery store, and didn’t know that cut-up vegetables […]

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Perla Meyers: The Seasonal Cook

Before there were Farmer’s Markets everywhere, before fresh cooking and being green were trendy, there was Perla Meyers.  I love this cookbook. I love all of Perla’s cookbooks, so you will see more of them later.  But for now, here is her first cookbook published in 1973.  “The Seasonal Kitchen:  A Return to Fresh Foods,” […]

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Creative Cakes

Since today is my birthday, cakes are on my mind.  I have many cake cookbooks, but this is one of my favorites that I bought around the time I was married.  Creative Cakes by Stephanie Crookston was published in 1978.  In 1974, Stephanie opened a “cupcake-sized” shop in New York City.  Not long after opening, […]

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My First Cookbook

The first cookbook in my mass collection was not actually a cookbook, but a booklet.  It only measures 4-by-5-inches with 10 tiny pages, but as a 5th grader, I thought it was cool.  My dad was transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area, and I was very upset to leave our home in suburban Chicago where […]

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Yes, Virginia, There Really Is A Culinary Cellar!

I have received emails from people asking if I really have an old cellar filled with cookbooks and all other sorts of culinary delights.  The answer is yes, it’s really a cellar, not some fancy fixed-up basement with carpet and a television.  It’s just a cement cellar with crawlspaces, and it has been known to […]

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Blast from the Past: Old Photos from Bake-Off 32, 34, 35, & 39

I have written so much about the delight of the Bake-Off contest held this week, I thought I would end the fun with some old photos from my first and second Bake-Off, and my daughter Kristina’s first and second Bake-Off, and my Mom’s one and only Bake-Off (So far! Come on Mom – do it again!) This was my […]

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