Mardi Gras which French for Fat Tuesday begins on January 6 and culminates on the day before Ash Wednesday. The King Cake is a quintessential confection that is decorated in Mardi Gras colors. Purple signifies justice; green denotes faith; and gold or yellow signifies power. Traditionally, a tiny plastic baby is hidden in the King Cake. Whoever,…
If you’ve ever been to the UK, you’ve probably sampled McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits (a.k.a. cookies in the US). I know that the name isn’t very appealing, but the taste definitely is! The story goes that digestive biscuits were first conceived in Victorian times as a medicinal aid for digestion. Thus the name.
Ever since I got my little bread machine, I’ve been experimenting and trying to perfect different breads. One success story is my french bread rolls! I make these incredible rolls at least once a week. The basis for the recipe that I use came from the King Arthur Flour site.
I felt like making some cookies today, but what kind? As I was thinking about it, I remembered making a variation of Tartine’s chocolate oatmeal walnut cookies from Tartine. It had been a long time since I made these cookies, but I remembered that they were really good.
When Susan and I were in Paris earlier this year, we seemed to eat pizza a lot. Part of the reason was that there was a wonderful little pizza restaurant right across the street from our hotel.
One of the things that I tend to do in the morning is look at the daily recipes on the Allrecipes site. This morning, there was a recipe for Real NY Jewish Rye Bread. It looked like an interesting recipe, especially since it called for pickle juice and dry potato flakes.
When I was a kid, my very favorite soup was split pea soup. My mom would make it using the ham bone from Christmas dinner. Through the years, I’ve made my own split pea soup, sometimes with the Christmas ham bone for flavoring, and other times with smoked sausage.
For every family holiday gathering, I make sausage stuffed mushrooms. Generally, I throw the mushroom stems away. This time, however, I decided to use them to make Mushroom Croustades.
Every now and then, Susan and I make a King Cake for Mardi Gras. This year, Susan suggested that we make a Christmas King Cake, decorated in red and green. I thought – what a good idea, especially since we’re breaking with tradition this year and having a New Orleans themed Christmas dinner!
If you like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ll love these peanut butter balls! They have only 4 ingredients, and are super easy to make, albeit a bit time-consuming. They are the ultimate peanut butter and chocolate treat, and a perfect candy to make for the holidays!