Year: 2010

  • Morale-Boosting Oatmeal Cookies

    For a couple of years, our nearest active neighbor in the boatyard was a classic wooden motorsailor called Sea Fox. Bill and Kathy worked on the boat nearly every day, but unlike Flutterby, Sea Fox was floating. And they had a house nearby, so they went home each night. Just before Thanksgiving, Kathy surprised us…

  • Chewy flourless chocolate cookies

    1-3/4 C powdered sugar 1/2 C cocoa powder 2 t cornstarch 1/4 t salt 2 egg whites 1 C coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or sunflower seeds (I think this recipe would also be good with raisins, dried cherries, or candied orange peel) Preheat oven to 300 F and prepare a parchment-lined baking sheet.…

  • Beet hummus

    1/2 lb pound beets, cooked, peeled, and diced 2 T tahini 4-5 T lemon juice 1-3 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 T cumin 1 T lemon zest 1/4 t salt 1-1/2 t sesame oil (optional) 1-1/2 t dill weed (optional) Cayenne and fresh-ground black pepper to taste Process all ingredients in a blender or food…

  • Flourless Chocolate Torte

    I’m not gluten-intolerant, but some of my favorite people are. That’s why I served this awesome, simple chocolate torte at a birthday gathering. It was delicious and decadent — no compromises or weird ingredient substitutions necessary to make everybody happy. 1 lb good-quality bittersweet chocolate morsels (I used Ghirardelli 60%) 1/3 lb butter, plus some…

  • Ice cream in a bag – a Burning Man recipe

    1 can coconut milk 3 T honey Pinch salt or 1-1/2 C Parmalat (box milk) 1 small can Nestle table cream 3 T honey Pinch salt 2 quart-sized ziplocks (new, because they must not leak) 1 gallon-sized ziplock (also new) 3/4 C rock salt In one of the quart-sized bags, dump the ice cream ingredients.…

  • Bahiana Bolo

    This cake recipe is supposed to be a very authentic version of the bolo made in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. My memories of Bahiana food are mainly the ultra-fresh seafood, vegetables, and fruits, but as I cast my mind back, I recall eating simple, delicious pieces of cake, too. I can’t wait to try this one.…

  • Pain aux pruneaux

    1 C pitted prunes 1/2 C cognac 1 T honey 2 eggs 1-1/4 C buckwheat flour 1/2 t salt 1/4 t black pepper 1 C milk With scissors, snip the prunes into small pieces. Soak in the cognac overnight. Preheat the oven to 375F. Place a baking sheet or a baking stone in the oven…

  • Savory crepes with dipping sauce

    These can also be made as waffles, if you have a waffle iron. 1/4 C rice flour 1 C all purpose flour 1/3 C sugar 3/4 C coconut milk 1 large egg yolk 1/4 C plus 2 T lime juice 1/2 C minced (or super-tiny) dried shrimp Oil for frying Handful of cilantro Place flours…

  • Bannock

    3 C all purpose flour 1-1/2 t salt 1 T baking powder 4-5 T butter or lard, plus some for greasing the pan 1-1/4 C lukewarm water If using an oven, preheat to 425 F. This can also be cooked on a stovetop, a wood fire, or an outdoor grill. Put flour, salt, and baking…

  • Snowshoe flatbread

    This flatbread is similar to nan, common in Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan. You can also make it with a higher proportion of whole wheat flour. 2-1/2 C warm water 1 t yeast 1 C whole wheat flour 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 C all purpose flour 1 t salt 1 T sesame seeds Place water in a…