Cold Days, Cold Nights

WHATCHA EATING We’re getting into the bitter winter temps here, even though we’re in the southeastern part of Minnesota. We are also firmly entrenched in the We-Have-No-Money season that follows directly on the heels of winter holidays, so I’ve been looking for easy and cheap meals that also make my winter belly* feel full and satisfied. As always, … More Cold Days, Cold Nights

Cookie Failures

FUCK YOU, DIVINITY I tried this year, damn it. I did not look out at the snow or rain or 60-plus percent humidity and say, And now I shall make divinity, because I am a fool. No, this fool planned. We had a dry day with no snow and no expectation of such. I had fresh … More Cookie Failures

Flap your Yapper

My friend Carin gave me a lovely Christmas present a while back: a set of rosette irons and a Scandinavian cookbook. I haven’t had much chance to do cookies or breads, much less a smorgasbord, but lately I’ve had a hankering for pancakes. What do you know? On page 5 of Julia Peterson Tufford’s Original … More Flap your Yapper

Judgey search engines

While searching for potential cake recipes for my mom’s birthday, I came across the word “scant” in reference to an amount, like this: 1 scant cup flour. This is one of those words where like many people (I think) my mind just puts in the most common definition and works with the context. I thought okay, barely a … More Judgey search engines

Spicy Not Spicy

I checked out the free pdf of Leanne Brown’s cookbook Good and Cheap (via the NPR article link, here’s a link directly to the PDF) and it looks excellent, a great way to incorporate more veggies, more regularly while also showing us a glimpse to our future eating habits, once I pop out the baby and … More Spicy Not Spicy

Time for some fresh McKinley and pickles

If you’ve been following Robin McKinley’s blog for her Kes story updates, you usually get something fresh there. But I’m talking about the release of Shadows, her newest novel that’s coming out on September 26th. And she’s also holding a giveaway contest, so I’m in. If you want to enter, too, here’s the link info: Do … More Time for some fresh McKinley and pickles

Passing a cheese-and-potato smothered dish across the aisle.

Can’t believe I missed this: Walz wins delegation hotdish cook-off I miss you, Minnesota, and all your comforting, love handle-padding, arterial-clogging delights. Might have to make some of the recipes off their list before it gets too hot out down here to turn on the oven. Third Annual Minnesota Delegation Hotdish Competition (recipes included) I’m somewhat … More Passing a cheese-and-potato smothered dish across the aisle.