Baked Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions and Smoked Gouda from Betty Rosbottom

This is a recipe from Betty Rosbottom’s American Favorites, a glorious book I have review for TBT. Betty’s mom was true Southern cook. She made pork chops, actually smothered pork chops. Her mom buried the chops in onions and Betty has “modernized” the recipe by...

Cookbook Review: Hello, Cookie Dough

In retrospect, I suppose I was being cruel. My elderly grandmother would bake cookies and as a kid I would help her. She’d count the baked product and be puzzled, “I’m supposed to have 48 but there are only 45. I don’t understand.” I was sneaking and eating the...

Stuffed Date Appetizers

I think I tried eating a date when I was ten or eleven. I did not like it. Sixty years later, I’m changing my mind. Suzi and I needed to bring a “lite” appetizer to a holiday party. We knew they were serving steak, so we needed something with a touch of sweetness and...

Christmas Cranberry Cordial from How to Drink Without Drinking

You buy cranberry juice. You make cranberry cordial. The difference? All the difference in the world. Well, all the difference that citrus and cinnamon can make. I just posted a review of the lovely How to Drink With Drinking: Celebratory Alcohol-Free Drinks for Any...

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TBT Cookbook Review: Eat Mexico

Today’s TBT Cookbook Review is designed to fill a gap. This year has not seen a slew of good Mexican cookbooks. I just haven’t found many that sparkle. But this one, from 2015, does give...

Cucumber and Green Grape Gazpacho

  Don’t worry. This is a gazpacho recipe with NO tomatoes. I obsess over gazpacho and I admit I post gazpacho recipes on a frequent basis. But, it’s a great soup and a healthy dish. I will...

Cookbook Review: The Whisky Dictionary

  The publisher Michell Beazley has fashioned a wonderful portfolio of drinks books. The Whiskey Dictionary follows The Gin Directory and The Tequila Directory. You will find whiskey books...

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...

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