Cooking Category

Butter cookies

After all the sturm und drang in my recent posts, I thought it was time for a Master baking formula. There are a few professional formulas that I can point to, which I have mastered myself, that I know are utterly fool-proof, and produce a perfect product, every single time.  That is, as long as you […]

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Dis-Sparity

This is going to be a brief post, just to make sure I don’t fall off the wagon during this busy part of the year. For one thing, I have been involved in completing a massive and very time consuming as well as complicated project that I hope to be done with tomorrow.  For another, […]

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Savory autumn pie

I like to collect recipes that I can keep in my head, so if I am traveling or visiting, I can put a meal together without resorting even to the index-card ring sets that students carry in culinary school. One of the easiest and most versatile dishes I make (when I cook!) is one I […]

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Mad about maple

My favorite flavors are butterscotch, caramel, molasses and maple, in that order.  While we likely have an abundant supply of the first three, which are all based on sugar cane, a warm climate crop, maple, from the sugar maple, is rapidly becoming a scarce and precious commodity (one more casualty of global warming). As a […]

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Velvety chocolate magic

I hate to waste my calories on things that look impressive, are relatively tasteless and yet still fattening. So, I almost never buy or eat layer cakes from the majority of ‘bakeries’ or ‘baked goods’ sections. For one thing, they rely heavily on Crisco (a truly deadly product) for their icings, instead of real butter […]

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