Old Chicago Culinary Institute Cookbook

The other day I was looking through the massive Chicago Culinary Institute cookbook I inherited from my mom. I think the cookbook’s about 50 years old. Even if a lot of the recipes are dated (um, meats gelled in aspic? Peanut butter/mayo/pickle sandwich, anyone?)it’s fun to look through. This spun sugar doesn’t look messy atContinue reading “Old Chicago Culinary Institute Cookbook”

Make Your Own Homemade Peanut Butter, Salmonella (hopefully) not included

Salmonella found in peanut butter/almond butter/ cashew butter! Eek! There’s a long list here, and it’s not just at Trader Joe’s and it’s not just non-organic. I pulled out our peanut butter from Costco and found it on the list. We’ve already eaten half a container, but I called my local Costco and they saidContinue reading “Make Your Own Homemade Peanut Butter, Salmonella (hopefully) not included”

Food Friday

On Thursday, I went to a Moms’ Night In at a friend’s. It was Craft Night, meaning everyone was to bring a craft to work on (or knitting or whatever) meaning that we basically stood around talking, eating, and drinking and doing very little in the way of crafting. Typical MNI. I did manage toContinue reading “Food Friday”

Cooking Disasters

I’ve been having a spate of cooking mishaps. Not all in a row, frequent enough so I’ve kept track and saved them up to tell you about them. Sous Vide salmon Cooking disaster number one: Hazelnut and Coriander Spiced Sous-Vide Salmon. This looked like a Good Idea at the time. No fishy smell! (Not thatContinue reading “Cooking Disasters”

Health(ier) Pumpkin Bread

I like me some bread that’s more like a cake. So when I saw my friend M. posting on Facebook about her awesome pumpkin bread, I asked for the recipe and made it. It’s from a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, with some modifications (at the bottom). Here’s the recipe straight from my cook bookContinue reading “Health(ier) Pumpkin Bread”

Mickey Mouse Beignets

For Christmas, my friend bought me a Delicious Disney Desserts cookbook (it doesn’t seem to be widely available; I think you have to get it at a Disney park, through another vendor like the link, or on eBay). One of the recipes was for Mickey Mouse beignets. Of course, since we had just gotten backContinue reading “Mickey Mouse Beignets”

Meet Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist Kelly Drost

One day, my friend Kelly Drost and I were having coffee when she busted out this news ever-so-casually: she’d entered the Pillsbury Bake-Off contest this year—and ended up a finalist! Say what? How cool is that? This spring, she’ll travel to Orlando to compete against the other contestants for a grand prize of (cue Dr.Continue reading “Meet Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist Kelly Drost”

Food Bits

For as long as I’ve known him, Cadillac has been looking for Double Bock by Sam Adams. “It’s the greatest beer on the planet,” he always says. For one reason or another, we never found it during all these years. Once we were told it was the wrong season; it’s only produced in the fall.Continue reading “Food Bits”