Month: November 2013

  • Salted Mocha-Pitted Coffee Cake

    This did not come out as expected, but it was still yummy. The mocha topping was heavier than the cake batter, so it sank, creating dark pits of mocha-salted deliciousness. 1/2 C (1 stick) butter 1-1/2 C flour 1/2 C brown sugar 1/2 C white sugar 1-1/2 t baking powder 1/2 t cinnamon 1/2 t…

  • Simplest Coffee Cake

    This recipe is so simple, it’s easy to augment it with nuts, chopped or dried fruit, or different spices. 1/2 C (1 stick) butter 1-1/2 C flour 1 C brown sugar 1-1/2 t baking powder 1 t cinnamon 1/2 t salt Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Set aside 1/2 C of this mixture.…

  • Potato-Kale Soup

    Here’s an old favorite for Julie. We made this for the infamous vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner in 1991. 1 T butter or olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 large potatoes 5 C water or stock, divided 1 large bunch of kale, washed, stemmed, and chopped 1-2 t tamari or soy sauce Fresh-ground black pepper 3…

  • Fennel and Sesame Seed Cookies

    Fennel and Sesame Seed Cookies

    Flavorful and not-too-sweet morsels with fennel and sesame seeds that pair perfectly with a cup of after-dinner coffee. Try the cardamom and black pepper variation for a delicious cookie aimed at adults, rather than kids. 1 stick of butter (1/2 C)2 T sesame seeds (or use a mixture of sesame and flax seeds)2 T fennel…

  • Salmon Buttermilk Chowder

    2 t butter 1 small onion, diced 5-oz package of salmon 2-3 t dill 2 C chicken stock 1-2 C buttermilk (I used 4 T powdered buttermilk and 1-1/2 C water) 1 t arrowroot powder 2-3 garlic cloves, minced In a saucepan, saute the onion in the butter until soft. Add the salmon, dill, and…

  • Life without refrigeration: Your ancestors did it

    Life without refrigeration: Your ancestors did it

    About five years ago, I wrote an article entitled, “No More Fridge-Free Living,” about how we decided to stop buying expensive ice for our icebox and put a cheap dorm fridge in the cockpit of Flutterby. It was a temporary solution, but we used it while we refitted the boat for two and a half…

  • Crema Pastelera al Ron – Rum Cream Filling

    This sound suspiciously like rum pudding to me. Which sounds suspiciously like ambrosia to me. 2 C milk 2 2-inch pieces of stick cinnamon 1 4-inch piece of vanilla bean, broken into 1/2-inch lengths 2 egg yolks 1/4 C sugar 1/4 C flour 1 T dark rum In a heavy one quart saucepan, bring milk,…

  • Tortas de Aceite – Anise and sesame seed cookies

    Makes a dozen 3-inch cookies 1 C vegetable oil A strip of lemon peel 2-inches by 1/2-inch 2 t anise seeds 2 t sesame seeds 1/2 C dry white wine 1 t finely grated lemon peel 1 t finely grated orange peel 1/3 C sugar 2-1/4 C flour 1 t ground cinnamon 1/4 C blanched,…

  • Habas al Catalana – Fava Beans with Sausages and Mint

    1 lb chorizo 1 T lard 1/4 lb salt pork, finely diced 1/2 C finely chopped scallions 1 t finely chopped garlic 1/2 C dry white wine 1/2 C water 1 T finely cut fresh mint 1 small bay leaf, crumbled 1/2 t salt Fresh-ground black pepper 4 C cooked fava beans (or substitute lima…

  • Bife a Portuguesa – Portuguese Steak

    4 large peeled garlic cloves, 2 crushed with a cleaver and 2 cut lengthwise into halves 1 T red wine vinegar 1 t salt Fresh-ground black pepper 4 beef tenderloin steaks, sliced about 3/4 inch thick 2 T olive oil 2 T butter 1 large bay leaf, crumbled 8 thin slices presunto ham or prosciutto…