Category Archives: cooking

Irish brown bread

I’ve been on a mission since my trip to Ireland last summer to recreate the brown bread that is provided in nearly every single pub there. It was just so moist and delicious, perfect for going along with soup or by itself. I had made Irish soda bread before, but this brown bread is a […]

the first fruits of my garden

Or herbs, as the case may be. I grabbed some basil today… …to make my favorite pesto sauce. (If that looks like a lot, it’s because you can’t just eat some of this pesto sauce. You eat it all. Well, I froze half for later to remove it from temptation.) Since I got my garden […]

Lonesome Dove book club dinner

Last year a friend of mine started a book club. It’s just six of us and we take turns picking books and meet once a month at someone’s house for dinner and discussion. Sometimes the cook tries to match the dinner to the book. This month was my turn and I decided to make everyone […]

Winter cooking

When it’s cold out all I want to do is cook. It warms my kitchen and my stomach, and my freezer gets stocked up again. Some various recipes I’ve made over the past couple of weeks, most of them in one below freezing week: Split Pea Soup – Could not find a ham bone at […]

More bread

To continue from my Artisan Bread in Five post, here is more bread! Sun-dried tomato and parmesan: Focaccia with onion and rosemary: Vermont cheddar:


I put a fire pit in my yard this weekend. Why it never occurred to me before now, I have no idea. There was a ring of bricks in the ground out there before I moved in (3 years ago now, jeez) but it was way too close to the shed, and had a very […]

Artisan Bread in Five

I recently bought the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. The premise is that you mix a big batch of dough and then store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. When you want a loaf of bread, all you do is pop a hunk out and bake it. Now the […]

St. Patrick’s Day Feast

My parents skipped having their annual party this year so I had to make my own Irish food. I had just read an article about a new Irish cookbook which included a few recipes and decided to make a mix of those and my mother’s recipes. I thought it was all delicious and so did […]

food processor

I got a food processor recently and have been making all kinds of delicious things with it. Here are some recipes of what I’ve made so far: Pesto Sauce – 1 1/2 cups (2 oz) firmly packed fresh basil leaves – 2 tablespoons walnuts – 1 clove garlic – 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil […]


Last year I made a million pies. This year I’m all about the breads. Apple Breakfast Bread Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread Banana Cranberry Bread Blueberry Orange Bread Spiced Banana Bread Strawberry Pineapple Bread Pear Bread Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread Zucchini Pineapple Bread I guess these breads are more like cakes but boy are they good. […]