I have written with great affection about the Betty Crocker Cooky Book before, and recently I decided to embark on a project concerning not just the book but my absolutely favorite part of the book, the “great cookies of history” section. Really, it is called “Betty Crocker’s Best Cookies” but my version sounds more interesting. When… Continue reading Best cookies of 1910-1920: Ginger Creams
Another one of my favorite Ireland food memories is the hot chocolate we got in Butler’s Grafton Street store. We were there in December and while the temperature hovered around 40 degrees most days, it was more than chilly enough to enjoy a hot chocolate on the Luas ride back to our apartment. Before we… Continue reading Hot chocolate ice cream.
I came upon this recipe for ratatouille quite accidentally. Once I saw it, though, I knew I had to make it. Traditional ratatouille—all chunky—doesn’t really do it for me, I must say. But this version looks so neat and pretty that I had to give it a try. Monday night I made some tomato sauce; I… Continue reading Ratatouille
When I was little I despised peas. Peas played into my texture issues in a bad way: bursty on the outside, mushy on the inside, and taste-wise, not all that great as a raw material. Maybe I was eating substandard peas? In any case, I am now a certified pea-lover. Fresh peas are at their… Continue reading Summer Pea Pesto.
Technically these are “Cookie Dough Brownie Bars” but I think the cookie dough topping is more accurately called frosting. The only thing that would make it more frosting-like is using powdered sugar instead of granulated, but that would take away from the cookie dough texture, I think. And before you go getting worried about salmonella, let… Continue reading Brownies with Cookie Dough Frosting.
A few weeks ago I started ordering produce online and having it delivered to me at work. It feels very luxurious but I’ve had to be careful not to a) order so much that I can’t get the box down to my car or b) order so much that it goes unused. I always order… Continue reading Another summer salad.