All posts tagged: quick recipes

Cured Egg Yolks

So, I think we should start this off on a note of honesty. I rarely make cured egg yolks because it calls for such an inordinate amount of sugar and salt and you can’t really reuse it once it has absorbed all of the moisture from the yolks. But if you have egg yolks that are still intact from making meringue or an egg white omelette, then this is one of the many things you can do with them. Remember, no yolk left behind. The process is simple and nothing to be intimidated by. You could even do this with your kids, if you have them, but if not – then by yourself or your significant other is just fine. This technique is guaranteed to impress your friends, assuming they aren’t already in the ‘egg preserving’ circle. When I first made these, we had to take off to East Tennessee for a week because my mother-in-law passed out, hit her head and was hospitalized. So, my yolks actually sat in the fridge for 9 days …

Nanny’s Homemade Pickles

  There’s a minimalist inside of me just screaming to get out. I want to be surrounded by less and somehow I continue to take in more. My affinity for food props and ‘old things’ that appear to tell a story continue to steal my heart with every visited estate sale. How is it these families of deceased loved ones could let go of such treasures. Sets of silver and hand-woven baskets, wood-working pieces and quilts consisting of fragmented memories. It’s a bit melancholy when I reflect on it. I know that some of the pieces I own were simply thoughtless purchases of a scrambling aunt who forgot a birthday or two but it doesn’t mean there’s no value…or maybe it does? The thought of clutter and neglected things often cause me to yearn for simple things. You know the sandwich your mom used to make with a spread of mustard and a slice of ham nestled between two slices of white bread. Or maybe for you it was a cup of chocolate pudding and a glass …

Homemade Buttermilk & Chocolate Buttermilk Pie

How come no one told me that buying a house is so stressful? Well, I guess my ignorance could be based on the truth of ‘not asking’. I honestly don’t remember how many properties we’ve viewed at this point, or how many layouts we’ve scoffed at nor the times my wife has said, “Eww!” at the sight of hideous wallpapers and dirty bathrooms. No, nobody warned us, but my gosh, we’ve learned quickly. And all that late-night HGTV House Hunter watching is not necessarily the go-to if you need questions answered.   I’m learning that while looking for a home you desire some of the same characteristics that were/are present in the home you grew up in. You want to pull into the driveway and feel at home. You’d like to walk in the front door and the creak of the hinge greet you ever-so gently. You want to step foot in the room and be greeted by warm snapshots of life hanging on the walls and rays of sunlight reaching across the floor. You simply long to …

Marshmallowy Cornflake Treats

It makes me laugh when I think about some of the silly things my sister and I ate for dessert as kids. Prepare yourself, because this is pure unadulterated truth. When I was in my youth, I used to enjoy heating up fudge rounds in the microwave until the filling was slightly runny, and then I would proceed to drizzle it with milk. At first scrape of that gooey rich but soggy creation off of my plate, I was in heaven and you couldn’t persuade otherwise. This dessert when I think about it still warms my heart but I haven’t done it in years. That might have to change sooner than later. My sister liked to take Nestle cookie dough and crumble it on a plate, heat it in the microwave for 20 seconds intervals while rotating the plate. Because back then our microwave wasn’t as ‘fancy schmancy’ as the one we have today. I’m sure this was completely unhealthy in one way or another but we survived it and these are our food memories. …

Zucchini ribbons in Sage Brown Butter

I sat down at the desk with my chilled glass of apple juice to the right of me. I thought I had it all figured out. The words had an extra week to find themselves since I didn’t get a post up last week. But as I set there at the desk wanting to share with you my hectic week, and the woes of working too many hours in a hot kitchen. I could only think of this heart-felt blog post I read on Thursday from The Merry Gourmet. I’ve grown fond of this blog as Merry is a great writer and a painter of vivid imagery through well composed lines. She is an oncologist who also has an affinity for cooking, baking and making eye-candy chocolate desserts. But any-who, as you scroll down to gaze over the zucchini recipe which makes an awesome side dish. Here is The Merry Gourmet post I’m insisting that you read and enjoy the peach bar recipe as well. I’m also a fool for a high crust to peach …