TBT Cookbook Review: The Berry Bible by Janie Hibler

  Janie Hibler is a Northwest author of distinction. You can find berry books here and there but nothing has ever matched this 2004 tome. You know this an exceptional book right there in the first chapter: The A-to-Z Berry Encyclopedia. Yes, we all know about...

TBT Recipe: Backyard Blackberry Margarita

  Growing up in Oregon, we had lots of strawberries, and a few raspberries. But if you wanted blackberries, you had to own some land of your own and compete with the bears to pick them. Now blackberries are here for all of us to enjoy. There is nothing better...

Cookbook Review: Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2020

  This 43rd edition of the Pocket Guide is every bit as delicious as those many earlier versions. The intense wine-by-wine, country-by-country descriptions and summaries retain their intense insights. What is new here are some considerations of recent years and a...

Pork Chops with Apples [and onion and cream] from In the French Kitchen with Kids

  Mardi Michels wrote In the French Kitchen with Kids for kids. But, golly, we are all kids at heart. She got this recipe from a friend who has cooking school in Lyon. It is a French recipe through and through. Perfect fall apples are combined with perfect fall...

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TBT Recipe: Peach Sangria

This week’s TBT recipes is primed for peach season. The peaches are here and they are ripe. They are quite sweet and, thankfully, they have some legs: they do not ripen and then rot in the...

Summer Vegetable Rice

  For many of us, rice is a dish we rarely eat — unless we are at a Chinese restaurant. And it often considered a “heavy” dish, one not ideal for warm summer nights. Yet, just the opposite is...

Guinness Malt Cake

  When people speak about Guinness, they just say Guinness, not beer. Guinness is a rich Irish stout beer. Stout? That just means strong. And strong Guinness is. When you take a sip, you know...

Yes, We Have No Bananas

Actually, this is not a funny post today. This is serious. Like, no more banana splits or banana bread serious. I posting a link here to a National Geographic article alerting us to a truly dire...

Cookbook Review: Vogue Cocktails

  The term “Vogue” is recognizable across the planet. It is an iconic term for quality and excellence. “Vogue” is simply and perfectly rock solid. And, Vogue denotes more than fashion. The...

Cookbook Review: Saffron in the Souks

  To make it easier for you, a souk is a marketplace. And in Lebanon, the souks are replete with ingredients, like saffron, that can be woven into dishes of wondrous appeal. Best-selling author...

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Gazpacho

  It’s little hard to tell how great this soup is from the picture. I find getting “great” shots of liquids like soup to be difficult. But, if you look closely, you’ll see the ripples in the...

Homemade Lavender Syrup

  Lavender syrup is a boon for those of us who drink. Drink either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. You can buy lavender syrup — Monin makes a fine product — but there really is nothing...

Cookbook Review: Leon Happy Baking

  Leon is an empire. A British empire. The Leon fast food chain was started in 2004 and in just six months was named the best new restaurant in Great Britain. Leon has a bold philosophy: food...

Blueberry Muffins with Surprises

  Americans grow more blueberries than any other. Yes, more blues than straws. With their intense sourness, most of us pass on eating blueberries by themselves. Instead, we bundle them into...

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