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Soto OD-1R Stove Giveaway

A month ago I gave away two copies of the excellent PCT documentary “Tell it on the Mountain.” That was fun; people had a lot of interesting things to say in the comments of that post. This month I am giving away one brand new camp stove from Soto — the OD-1R. This excellent little… continue reading

Dutch Baby – German Pancake

I originally learned how to make Dutch Babies (I call them German pancakes) while babysitting for some particularly kitchen-saavy little girls, about 20 years ago. Many years of hit-or-miss German pancake cooking, and I now have a great recipe and some tips for getting them to come out perfect, (almost) every time. Ingredients 3 eggs,… continue reading

World Peace Cookies

This advice on making the best (chocolate chip) cookies, from New York Times, explains why some time chilling does a dough good. Tip: the chocolate chip cookie via Jacques Torres, linked to from the NYT article, is also a spectacular cookie recipe. Bookmark both of them. If you like chocolate chocolate chip cookies, these are… continue reading

Risotto in the Pressure Cooker

This is a nice way to cook risotto, because you barely have to stir it! Also, you keep a lot more of the nutrients. It takes less than 30 minutes start to finish. And to boot, it’s just as tasty and creamy, with a perfect risotto texture and taste. Forget that you’re cheating — just… continue reading

Making Fortunes

Brought a few dozen of these to an antiChristmas party last week. Followed a great Martha Stewart fortune/tuile cookie recipe (I LOVE YOU MARTHA! XO) and filled the cookies with subversive and snarky messages like “Santa isn’t real” and “Happy fucking holidays.” One of my favorites read something like “May your holidays be filled with… continue reading

The Perfect Pancakes

1 1/4 cup flour shy 1/4 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 egg 1 cup milk 1/4 cup plain yogurt (or substitute 1 1/4 cup buttermilk* for milk and yogurt) splash vanilla Heat and butter griddle. Mix dry ingredients together in one bowl, then mix wet… continue reading

Pot de Crème me

3-3.5oz bitter chocolate, chopped fine 1 1/4 cup half & half 1/4 cup sugar 3 egg yolks 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1/2 tsp vanilla extract more than a pinch of salt 1 tbsp liqueur (optional) Heat oven to 300’F. Bring a kettle full of water to a boil. Bring half & half to a near-boil… continue reading

Peanut Butter Solution

I’m was thinking just now, and intermittently through Sunday, about the magic of peanut butter sandwiches. On Saturday I cared for a kind-souled quadriplegic man. After I remarked on the large scar on his coccyx, he told me that for five years he suffered a bedsore there. He, his wife, doctors and nurses tried everything… continue reading

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