What’s on your cookbook shelf?

Posted by on June 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

Many years ago in my newspapering days I interviewed a woman who researched cookbooks throughout history.  She had hundreds … and as many stories to share from Medieval Times to the current century.  A look at someone’s cookbook shelf does give you some inkling of how they eat, don’t you think? I’m running out of […]

Male insight – just in time for Father's Day

Posted by on June 18, 2010 at 8:28 am

I recently downloaded an audio book on “The Male Brain” in an effort to better understand the goings-on in my testosterone-dominant household.  The cat and I are struggling to tip the gender balance in our direction.  Our two pet female rats don’t help much. I figured a little insight wouldn’t hurt in dealing with a […]

Pickup sticks with pork and pineapple

Posted by on June 9, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Just the name of this recipe sounds delicious: Pork and Pineapple Pickup Sticks with Savory Mint Mayonnaise.  Shelia Lukins scored with this one from a new favorite addition to my cookbook shelf: Ten: All the Foods We Love. It’s the last book produced by the late Sheila Lukins and I think it’s her best. All […]

Custard-filled cornbread – dinner or dessert?

Posted by on May 30, 2010 at 4:16 pm

When I first read the recipe for custard-filled cornbread in Molly Wizenberg’s book, A Homemade Life, I wondered why it lacked a warning label.  Two cups of whole milk, one cup of heavy cream, corn meal, flour, sugar. The fat warning zoomed straight to red on this one. But oh, is it worth it. Molly […]

Breaking in the pressure cooker

Posted by on March 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Saving time AND energy seems like an awfully good idea.  I guess I lot of people think so. The pressure cooker my husband ordered as Christmas gift arrived just last week, two months on back order. It was worth the wait! The Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker is a beauty. Fortunately, we decided to christen it […]

Adventurous Monday with Lamb Shanks

Posted by on February 8, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Sheila Lukins’s All Around the Word cookbook is one of my faves. Her passion for travel experienced through food has always satisfied my explorer-self. It seems she recreated most of the recipes in the book from memory, deconstructing exotic flavors into detailed stories over and over for her readers. The book was published in 1994, […]