Granola: if at first you don’t succeed…

A few weeks back I decided I wanted to try to make granola at home.  It sounded easy enough. It’s just oats and stuff, mixed up and toasted, right? Who could screw this up? Well, it is easy enough. If you read the directions. Not like yours truely, who read through the recipe once andContinue reading “Granola: if at first you don’t succeed…”

Kolaches: Betta Czech Yourself…

When I was growing up my mom made so many great things to eat.  Maybe this is why my sense of smell and my memories are so much entwined. A whiff of something can take me back to being an eight year old in a moment. All these memories are now driving me to theContinue reading “Kolaches: Betta Czech Yourself…”

It’s a cake…but it’s an omelet…but…

As I was perusing some recipes, trying to decide what to concoct today, I came across a recipe on the Sons of Norway website for Almond or Nut Cake. Since I’m still trying to rediscover my culinary heritage or whatever I figured this would be a point in my favor. I was intrigued by theContinue reading “It’s a cake…but it’s an omelet…but…”

I Got Sconed

Still licking my wounds from Monday’s flatbread disaster, I needed something to boost my spirits. A little pick-me-up. A little sumthin’ sumthin’ that would go with coffee. Enter my mother-in-law’s scone recipe! 1/3 cup margarine, butter, or shortening ( I use butter) 1 ¾  cups all purpose flour 3 tablespoons sugar 2 ½  teaspoons bakingContinue reading “I Got Sconed”

Fast Food

After a long, rough morning of doing tai chi, hsing-I and pa kua in the park by the Chattahoochee River, I came home starved. Mac & cheese would have taken too long. Lucky for me, I had picked up some lovely organic heirloom tomatoes at Whole Foods. Ripe, fresh tomatoes should not be confused withContinue reading “Fast Food”

Norwegian Flatbread: Well, it’s half right…

I love crackers and bread. If it can hold cheese, I’m on it. So I was excited to find this recipe for Norwegian Flatbread. Yey! It’s bread, it’s in my heritage quest, and the recipe says it’s good with mild cheeses. How can this be bad? The recipe was straight forward: make a dough, rollContinue reading “Norwegian Flatbread: Well, it’s half right…”

Reluctant Heritage

I have a lot of Norwegian ancestry. I get excited when Norway is in the news. I root for Norse athletes in the Olympics. My home town is full of “I-wegians” (Iowans of Norwegian descent) and is one of the few places where you can find lutefisk on the Sunday brunch buffet. It’s probably thatContinue reading “Reluctant Heritage”

Gourmet Sandwich and Kung Faux Pas #3

There’s something special about a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s crunchy, gooey comfort that is difficult to match. However, I made a something of a grilled chese sandwich today that would make the Waffle House imposters hang their heads in shame. I got some asian eggplants and sweet red peppers in my last CSA bag andContinue reading “Gourmet Sandwich and Kung Faux Pas #3”

Applesauce: Brawl to the Finish!

When I was a kid we had several apple trees out back. The apples were good for throwing at siblings, feeding broken pieces (run over by the lawn mower) to hogs, and making applesauce. One afternoon my friend Joy and I were left unattended and we made enough applesauce to feed a hungry platoon. IContinue reading “Applesauce: Brawl to the Finish!”