Sometimes you want something that is bread-ish without being bread. And hassle-free. And easy. This is it… A basic chapati is flour and water in a soft dough, rolled thin and cooked on a frypan, griddle, or other flat, hot surface. Everything after that is ornament and taste, and other names according to additions, cooking […]

Soups are a place to be adventurous. If there is a food you like, it may well go into a soup. My mother would make Refrigerator Soup, which was all the leftover meats, vegetables, and starches in the fridge after three days, popped into a flavored liquid of some sort. Some were very good and […]

Decadent with cream and spicing, these scones could brighten up a grey day! These are from Lynne, a cook extraordinare. Enjoy! LYNNE’S GLAZED LEMON (GINGER) CREAM SCONES (adapted from Food and Wine) SCONES: 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 ¼ cups Nutri-flour, with bran, plus 1 cup unbleached all-purpose) ¼ cup granulated sugar […]

I love these biscuits because they come together so quickly and eating follows shortly thereafter; they are great on their own with butter or jam or cheese or… Well, you choose! Of course, these are excellent with soups and stews, too. As biscuits, these can be rolled and cut out, or made a bit wetter […]

Sometimes I just want a simple muffin, not too sweet, without a lot of bells and whistles, and a teeny bit healthier than what is commercially sold. This is based on an old recipe that has been my favorite for decades, and I keep coming back to it. Standard Muffins makes 12 medium muffins pre-heat […]

This is one of my stick-to-the-ribs favorites that I return to, partly because the basic soup can have so much added to it. Another reason I like this one so much is that it begins with basic staples in my pantry: potatoes and onions. Add a few things that I’m in the mood for, or […]

Bread is best when fresh, and making your own means you get to choose the very best of ingredients. Quick breads (that is, non-yeast breads) are best eaten the same day, though I have been content with this version the next day. I love this with soups and stews and oven-hot snacking. The basic recipe […]

I was in the mood for comfort food, so I checked out what I had in the kitchen. Happily, I had enough ingredients for a stick-to-your-ribs soup! True, the pepperoni sticks were leftovers from the weekend, but I have listed a few ideas for substitution below the recipe. I was going to list this one […]

Some of the potluck dinners I attend are “organized”: one person brings “a salad”, another “veggies”, another “meat”, and so on. There is still considerable freedom on each cook’s part as to what specifics are involved, and no one has to undergo the one dinner where -everyone- brought chili… and no bread! This one was […]

It’s so easy that I had to give it a long name! Perfect for late summer as all those beefsteak tomatoes start ripening and big-leafed basil is available. The dressing? So very simple, too! Eating it is the height of decadence, aromatic and luscious… Sliced Summer Salad tomato or two, fragrantly ripe, sliced about a […]