Archive for December 2013

Sundays with Sparky: Almond Macaroon Thins

Sundays with Sparky: Almond Macaroon Thins
I do realize that lately this blog has become more about cookies than cooking, but, well – we do like the fun of baking and giving and eating, and it just wouldn’t be winter break without a huge variety.  And sometimes, I just get frustrated with all the drips and bits and random ingredients-bought-expressly-for-cookie-making and... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Holiday Food Safety

Policy Point Wednesday: Holiday Food Safety
Holiday dinners are notoriously large – and large dinners usually means leftovers!  Make sure your leftovers don’t go to waste – and don’t make your family sick!  Here are some tips to make sure nobody has any regrets about food over the holiday season: The UK’s food safety site, the Food Standards Agency (click through... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Peeta's Bread (Raisin Nut Swirl Bread)

The Wayback Machine: Peeta's Bread (Raisin Nut Swirl Bread)
So, the Hays family caught Hunger Games fever only slightly behind the rest of the world.  After our Peeta-themed breakfast, we’re headed out to a lunch date to see the movie with friends – Sparky devoured the book in just a few days (admittedly, some of it by sneaking a light into his room after... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project: Tunafish Kedgeree

The Food Desert Project: Tunafish Kedgeree
Kedgeree – doesn’t the name just make you think of Lady Grantham? This dish represented the height of culinary fashion in Britian during the Victorian Era: it updated stodgy smoked fish and eggs with exotic and mysterious flavors imported from then-colonial India. Across the pond, kedgeree didn’t really catch on; at that time Americans were... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: The Best Holiday Biscotti, Ever!

Sundays with Sparky: The Best Holiday Biscotti, Ever!
Light, crispy biscotti are actually a much easier cookie than you would think – don’t be worried about the whole “twice-cooked” thing, once you’ve done with the first bit, they’re no more difficult to make than toast from bread.  We’ve been making versions of this recipe for years now, but a few years back I... Read more »

Policy Point Wednesday: Poverty, Interventions, Science, and Perspective

Recently, I came across this post, “Why I Won’t Do the Food Stamp Challenge,” a must-read for food advocates of all stripes. In it, the author describes the reality her foster kids’ mothers faced: “The mother has used up her TANF payments, and so they are living on food stamps. But food stamps don’t pay... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine - Filbert Coins and Mochi Cutouts

The Wayback Machine - Filbert Coins and Mochi Cutouts
Because we need another excuse to keep eating cookies over the holiday season, right? One of our holiday cookie traditions comes to us from Sparky’s Grandmother: Filbert (Hazelnut) Coins.  These cookies, from Sparky’s Dad’s family of boys,  come to us with a long-standing tradition of DESTRUCTION BY HAMMER!!!  - no hazelnut shall be left unshelled... Read more »

The Food Desert Project - Mini Cranberry Panettone and the story of Tony's Bread

The Food Desert Project - Mini Cranberry Panettone and the story of Tony's Bread
We are carried to the end of December by our noses, led by the rich smells of yeast and spices from the warm oven. Of all these aromatic holiday delights, perhaps the most famous is the cupola-shaped Panettone, a tradition that originated in 15th- Century Milan. As with so many other holiday traditions, along with the... Read more »