I am a Butter Expert

Last night at dinner we started talking about making butter. I don’t know why. I think J started it by asking, “What’s butter made of?” Milk, Cute W and I answered. You just churn the butter and the fat in the milk sort of clots together to form butter. Maybe that’s what I said, because … [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Meals

Our schedule continues to be crazy, especially at dinnertime, so I’ve been trying a bunch of new slow cooker recipes. I thought I’d share some links. The clear winner among our new recipes was this Chickpeas in Curried Coconut Broth recipe from Oxmoor House on the My Recipes site.   In fact, our only problem … [Read more…]

Driving North: Barbecue Stop, New York City Tenement Museum, & John’s Pizza

Whenever we drive to and from Georgia to visit the parents, we stop for barbecue. On our way south this year, our efforts were thwarted. We stopped at one place that had gotten high ratings but was pretty much mediocre and, inconceivably, was out of ribs. Then we stopped at Smithfield’s based on Yelp ratings … [Read more…]

The Bier Abbey

I went out with some friends to The Bier Abbey on Union Street in Schenectady for dinner tonight. It’s advertised as Belgian and pub fare with a huge selection of craft beers, and it’s on that little section of Union Street, with Cafe Nola and Orenda and Manhattan Exchange, and other places that I’m forgetting, … [Read more…]

Chocolate Mousse

Recently it was Cute W’s birthday, and instead of cake, I made him a family favorite: chocolate mousse. We all love this mousse. Cute W brought some leftover mousse with him to work the next day, and while he was eating (and probably moaning, just a little, with pleasure), one of his co-workers apparently asked … [Read more…]

Baking Bread

So lately I’ve been baking our family’s bread. For one thing, we don’t have a make-a-sandwich bread that we really like. For the longest time we loved Pepperidge Farm Nutty Oat bread, but these days we can’t ever find it. When I look for bread, I’m always trying to find something with, I don’t know, … [Read more…]

Yummy Mini Donuts, the Sequel

Cute W likes to make delicious breakfasts: waffles, pancakes, French toast. .  . usually while I’m still sleeping. So at some point we got him his very own mini donut maker, and I reported on our first experimental attempts at making mini donuts. On Monday morning I woke up to find that our kitchen had … [Read more…]