Baba au Rhum (rum cake)

I mentioned in a previous post that I was reading David Shalleck’s Mediterranean Summer for a book club. We met last night, and were encouraged to bring something somehow inspired by the book. Shalleck mentioned baba au rhum, or rum cake, in the book; it sounded awfully intriguing, so I did a bit of research. […]

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Ale-Braised Corned Beef, Carrots, and Brussels Sprouts

For someone who doesn’t like cabbage (fresh or “crock-potted”), Real Simple’s recipe for ale-braised corned beef, carrots, and brussels sprouts was a perfect alternative. You only add sliced Brussels sprouts at the end and cook them for 4-6 minutes. It maintains crunch and doesn’t wilt them – two HUGE selling points in my book! The […]

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Book Review: David Shalleck’s Mediterranean Summer

  I have read David Shalleck’s Mediterranean Summer four times now. I’m not kidding. And I loved it Every. Single. Time. I picked it up. It’s entertaining, gripping, mouth-watering, drool-worthy; much like Kathleen Kelly is “always in agony over whether Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy are going to get together”, I always wonder if David will be able to satisfy […]

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Beer Candied Bacon: A long-expected recipe.

So this morning I woke up with the grand idea of trying out the beer-candied bacon recipe. It was great, and I suitably loved it, but I learned a few things along the way. It’s not a “Saturday morning and I’m in the mood for yummy bacon for breakfast – now” recipe. It takes a while […]

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Olive wood kitchen utensils

I’m mildly obsessed with olive wood right now. My family has a gorgeous little olive wood Nativity set that my dad picked up when he was in Bethlehem in 1961; one of the highlights of my Christmas preparations growing up was finding the little red shoebox that housed the set, and arranging and rearranging it throughout […]

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Tomato Vodka Cream Sauce

I found this recipe for tomato vodka cream sauce online – mostly so I could use up some canned tomatoes and evaporated milk in my pantry. (Who else has done that?) Of course, being who I am, a recipe is no fun unless you’ve tweaked it a little. This one was so good it required […]

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Balsamic-Glazed Bison Loaf

Don’t be turned off by the word “bison” in the title! The original recipe behind the bison loaf actually calls for lamb – but I couldn’t find any at my local Fred Meyer, and when I saw the ground bison in the meat department instead, I suddenly heard it calling my name. This recipe is […]

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Swedish Meatballs

I was never big on meatballs growing up – Swedish meatballs or otherwise. I wanted plain-Jane ground beef in my spaghetti, thank you very much; round balls of meat were not my cup of tea. But a family get-together changed all of that. (And isn’t that how the best – or at least the most […]

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