Brewersfest 2013

Last Saturday, after seeing a poster for it while picking up Rye Porter ingredients, we headed up to Cooper’s Lake Campground for the 5th annual Brewersfest, sponsored by Porter House Brew Shop. We had read about it in previous years, but the date hadn’t worked for us in the past. I have to say, though,…

Biscotti

By request, I’m posting my recipe for biscotti, which is sort of a synthesis of several recipes I had found online, but which I found to be the tastiest combination. Ingredients: 6 Tbsp unsalted butter 3/4 C sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2-1/4 C flour 1-1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1-1/2 tsp…

Zucchini Bread OR Apple Cake

To help Frumpy Gibbon use her zucchinis, here's the recipe for zucchini bread that I've found to be the best. It's from one of those cookbooks that a church compiles from recipes submitted by its members – I got this one about 20 years ago. This "bread" is really more of a rich sweet cake. [The original…

Peller Estates

Our hostess served us a delicious breakfast of salmon quiche, savory potato cakes, and balsamic-glazed garden tomatoes. We tried to work her espresso machine, but missed one of the instructions, so it was too watery – maybe next time we’ll make some with her stovetop Italian coffee maker (like ours). After breakfast, we headed to…

Time to make the limoncello

It’s that time of year again! Well, actually, it’s been “that time” for over a month now, but I was late in finding organic lemons. For pure summertime alcoholic enjoyment, you’ll need: 6-7 lemons, preferably organic, as it’s only the peels you’ll be using 1 liter of good vodka 4 cups of water (about 1…

Vegetarians, avert your eyes…

This year for the church Mardi Gras party, we were going to make gumbo instead of jambalaya, but then we saw them making muffalettas on Bobby Flay’s Food Network show, so we thought that looked like more fun – especially since Rose was still making jambalaya. We decided one soup was enough, what with all…

Thousand Layer Lasagne Recipe – 101 Cookbooks

As long as I'm clipping from my favorite cooking blog…  I've never met a lasagne I didn't like, but this one is so fresh and light – not adjectives normally used for lasagna. It includes fresh pasta, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil… and lemon juice, which is not an ingredient I'd ever put into an Italian tomato…