Anyone have a food grinder?

   December 28, 2010 5:40 pm    6

My supervisor and I were chatting yesterday and she mentioned she had a Foley Mill. It’s a food grinder you can find for about $30 at places like Amazon. I have a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, so I’m thinking about getting a grinder attachment with a gift card I got for Christmas. Does anyone have…


Read more

Turkey redemption

   December 27, 2010 5:53 pm    0

The Christmas Eve turkey fiasco, forcing us to gobble, gobble before 7 p.m. church, actually turned out OK. I got some extra meat and I’ll throw it into a pot of soup tonight.I always make my mom a jar of turkey soup fixings and give it to her so she can use up her Christmas…


Read more

Merry Christmas, turkey

   December 24, 2010 8:25 pm    0

No, not you. I’m not calling you a turkey. I’m sarcastically greeting my turkey breast, sitting in ice cold water right now. See, the label said thaw in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. I let it thaw 36 hours. Yeah, guess what? Still frozen. Huge chunks of ice in the cavity. So much for my…


Read more

Christmas Day breakfast

   December 22, 2010 5:23 pm    2

I might have mentioned my family of three will be home Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year for the first time. I want to have something special for breakfast, but I don’t want a bunch of leftovers or hassle This looks like it will work. I have some precious pure maple syrup in the…


Read more

More books!!

   December 21, 2010 7:06 pm    0

I’m looking for good homes for a few books. If you want one, enter the drawing by sending an e-mail to and tell me your address and what book you want. Here’s what I got for ya: “The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker,” by Roger…


Read more

More vacation adventures

   December 21, 2010 4:48 pm    1

I can’t wait for Friday. Not because of Santa, but because I’ll have an opportunity to cook with abandon. A book came in the mail today that caught my eye. “The Crabby Cook,” by Jessica Harper is a blast, if my initial thumb-through is any indication. The first page I looked at included a funny…


Read more

Beef stew resolution

   December 20, 2010 8:30 pm    0

I know, you’ve been waiting on the edge of your seats throughout my beef stew in the slow cooker drama. You can catch the exciting conclusion Wednesday in my Loaves & Dishes column in your Erie Times-News. Or you can just read it here. Basically, I put the stew on for 4 hours on high…


Read more

The chili

   December 17, 2010 1:21 pm    0

This past fall, I wrote a column about what I now call “the chili.” It’s a blend of 26 ingredients and simmered at least 2 hours. I wanted to make a batch over vacation, here. The only problem was that in the hours leading up to dinner, we weren’t going to be home. I needed…


Read more

Slow cooked

   December 14, 2010 3:25 pm    1

I refuse to give up on my Crock Pot. Many of you probably know I’m frustrated with the meat part. Like that meat turns to dust in my slow cooker. But I’m not chucking it just yet. It’s still a great tool for using soups, and, I just found out, lasagna. Slow cooked lasagna recipes…


Read more

Christmas Eve?

   December 7, 2010 2:12 pm    4

For the first time in my life, I’ll not be at my Aunt Lorna’s for Christmas Eve this year. In fact, my husband, son and I will be spending a “quiet” evening at home after I get home from work that day. Entertaining a 5-year-old 12 hours before Christmas morning is going to prove a…


Read more