Chicken Tortilla Soup

A chicken tortilla soup that uses ground up corn tortillas as a thickening agent leaving you with a slightly velvety soup full of a range of flavors typically associated with tex-mex cuisine: lime juice, jalapeño, tomatoes, garlic, and chili powder.  Be sure to use corn tortillas if you are looking to make a gluten free…

The Salted Butter Break-Up

I could not resist the name of this buttery treat, especially, now that Valentine’s Day has passed.  If only all break-ups were so sweet.  This is a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s book around my french table, and the recipe tends to have a closer resemblance to the making of a pie curst instead of your…

February Snow

We got about two feet of snow this week in the Champlain Valley.  It has been a couple of years since we have had this much snow around here which is fairly unusual.  So far this year we have had to trek up into the mountains in order to partake in any winter activities, and…

Swedish Meatballs – of a Sort

I decided to take a swing at making gluten-free Swedish meatballs.  My two main areas of concern when going into this project were, one, find a suitable starch to act as a filler in place of the breadcrumbs and, two, find a way to keep the meatballs together without relying on gluten to bind them….

Orange Ginger Marmalade

Orange marmalade is always in high demand in this household.  It is not unusual to find me experimenting with different variations of it.  The lemon rose petal marmalade I made a few summers ago has been, by far, my favorite, but this one is not far off.  This time around I went grated ginger root…

Red Velvet Hearts

Something sweet for my Valentines. It is the time of year to break out the heart shaped cookie cutters!  Okay, so maybe I should confess to cutting things into heart shapes all year long, but the behavior seems so much more excusable when it is done in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day.  It…

Fresh Ginger Tea

I am one of those strange people who find most packaged ginger teas too strong, and prefer to turn to the mellower flavors of fresh ginger root when steeping my tea.  The spicy bite is still there, but it is smoothed out by the softer ginger flavors.  I find that there is something indulgently romantic…

Chicken Parmesan

I have not made this dish in years, but chicken parmesan was a childhood favorite of mine.  I decided to place a bed of spinach at the bottom of my parmesan – changing things up a bit, and making up for some of the less healthy aspects of this dish.  It turned out terrifically.  The…

Oatmeal Molasses Bread

Oatmeal Molasses Bread is a winter staple around here.  This warm, hearty bread is easy to make, and the perfect complement to many a winter soup or stew.  The sweetness of molasses and the chewy, soft texture of the oats imparts a deeply satisfying and flavorful experience.  Enjoyable to the final crumb. Oatmeal Molasses Bread…

Rosemary Parmesan Gougères

I am still on the rosemary parmesan kick, and decided to try it out on gougères.  Gougères are essentially a savory rendition of the French creampuff or pâte à choux.   Most people hear pâte à choux or French pastry, and immediately equate it to a difficultly impossible situation that should not be attempted at any cost.  Do not let yourself…

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

While cleaning out my cupboards, I unearthed an old can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk that was just this side of expiring.  Unfortunately, I made that key lime flan last week.  I primary use sweetened condensed milk for either flan or lemon meringue pie, and I thought that both desserts were too close to last…

Vintage Embroidery Patterend Napkins

When my Grandmother passed, she left behind a large collection of old, transferable embroidery patterns.  Most of the patterns were odds and ends of larger embroidery packets or projects that were never fully completed.  At one point, I think, she may have been receiving embroidery patterns through the mail, like some sort of embroidery pattern…