Posts in category "Recipe"

Pi Day: Rosewater πstachio Reuleaux Triangle Hamantaschen

Pi Day: Rosewater πstachio Reuleaux Triangle Hamantaschen
I think sometimes, as people who live in privilege, we forget we are standing on the shoulders of our neighbors around the world. Case in point, the GOP’s intervention in our negotiations in Iran, written in a tone that implies the people of Iran are incapable of understanding the intricacies of government, much less the... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Sparky's Phenomenami Mac and Cheese

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The video that started it all: Sparky’s own recipe for mac and cheese.  Hard to believe how long ago that was, and how tiny he was!

Sundays With Sparky: Lemongrass Tofu Bánh Mi (Caramelized Tofu Hoagies)

Sundays With Sparky: Lemongrass Tofu Bánh Mi (Caramelized Tofu Hoagies)
Yes, yes, I know. Tofu is for other people: people who grew up with it, or people who put health before flavor, right? WRONG! I have to admit, I never liked tofu, even was a bit afraid of it… until Sparky ordered it at a local restaurant. I learned a lot from that dish, mainly... Read more »
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The Wayback Machine: Campfire Apple Muffins in Oranges

A while back, we went on a short car-camping trip to Blue Mounds, WI (an excellent campground which I highly recommend, if you’re in the area)  I particularly enjoy the challenge of cooking over an open fire, which is easy enough to do when you’re grilling meats and vegetables, or toasting marshmallows, but a bit... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Baked Crab Rangoon

Sundays with Sparky: Baked Crab Rangoon
Crab Rangoon are one of those quirky American recipes that we file under “exotic.”  I’m sure that was the intent of the infamous Trader Vic’s, where the recipe seems to have originated. They claimed the appetizer was based on a Burmese recipe (hence the name Rangoon, really Yangon – a former capitol of Myanmar, whose... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Slightly Faster Boston Baked Beans

The Wayback Machine: Slightly Faster Boston Baked Beans
As I’m sure I’ve said before, sometimes a recipe will pop up in the most unexpected possible place!  Sparky – who has an insatiable sweet tooth – had asked if I would teach him to make Baked Beans from scratch, and so I trolled the internet in search of acceptably healthy recipes.  I happened upon... Read more »
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Sundays With Sparky: Easy Custard and Fruit Tart

Sundays With Sparky: Easy Custard and Fruit Tart
I have to admit, I get more than a little annoyed at the plethora of recipes across the internet claiming to be “one-ingredient,” or “two-ingredient” where one or both of the ingredients is some kind of mix with a bunch of stuff in it. So I won’t make that claim for this custard, even though... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Apple Cinnamon Rolls

The Wayback Machine: Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Everyone in our family loves wonderful, gooey (and bad for you) pull-apart cinnamon rolls, and I thought adding apple to the mix would make them even better. In the interests of our health, however, I thought I would find a recipe that was slightly better for us than running down to the Cinnabon.  Cooking Light... Read more »

The Food Desert Project - Roasted Chickpeas with Homemade "Za'atar"

The Food Desert Project - Roasted Chickpeas with Homemade "Za'atar"
Sometimes, you just really need a simple recipe that doesn’t take that much time and energy but really delivers on flavor.  I’ve found all kinds of roasted-til-crunchy foods really appeal to Sparky: it’s the only way I can get him to eat kale or beets.  While we have no trouble eating chickpeas in our household,... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Approximately Tom Yum Soup

Sundays with Sparky: Approximately Tom Yum Soup
Sometimes, you look in the refrigerator and you’re halfway to a good meal…the other half just depends on whether you can fake it the rest of the way. I’d happened onto some delicious peel-and-eat shrimp, and had poached half of them in their shells to make shrimp cocktail, saving the poaching liquid for…something. I cast... Read more »