Pretty much everyone is familiar with and most likely has tried at least one or two whole grains such as wild rice, brown rice, barley, oats, wheat berries and quinoa. But not too many of us have heard of sorghum, let alone tried it. It is one of the ancient grains. Historically it first popped … More What’s that grain?
I have a tradition I’ve stuck to for almost all the birthdays, holidays and special occasions that have been celebrated in my home: I make the cake. There’s nothing better than old-fashioned homemade cake from scratch, provided of course that you’re good at making cake. I like to think I inherited my great-aunt Alice’s talent for cake-making. … More Cake and Memories
Barbecue season is here and the fourth of July weekend is upon us. And since America is a melting pot, how about celebrating her birthday with something different? Along with traditional burgers and hot dogs try grilling up some spicy chicken. This is one of my favorite recipes for grilled chicken, or frango grelhado. Pleasingly … More Portuguese Grilled Chicken
Like cream cheese? Like variety? Like saving money? Here’s a super simple, frugal way to enjoy flavored cream cheese: Take an 8 ounce bar of cream cheese (at room temperature). Cream it for 30 seconds with electric beater. Add 1/4 cup of your favorite jam or fruit preserves. Whip for 20 more seconds. Voilà! You … More Homemade Flavored Cream Cheese
Sometimes I crave a homemade yummy treat. Sometimes nothing store-bought will do. Sometimes I’m feeling too lazy to make it. In Holland, there must be a lot of people like me. Those Hollanders came up with Boterkoek, Dutch for “Butter Cake”. It’s a satisfying cross between a moist cake and a buttery shortbread cookie. It’s also ridiculously … More Decadent Dutch Butter Cake
I had leftover cream of coconut to use up from a coconut cake I made for my book club meeting. We read The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and the cake was featured in the story with the recipe included at the end. I looked up uses for coconut cream other than desserts. I hit upon lots … More Coconut Cream Coffee Cocktail
Yes, you can do that, if it’s Salame de Chocolate that is! A simple and unique dessert that can be enjoyed any time, but for me I associate it with Christmas. Perhaps because it reminds me of fudge, though it is somewhat different or perhaps because for special holidays I like to bring in elements … More Salami for Dessert?
That’s the slogan for Tassot Apiaries, a family-run beekeeping business located at the aptly named Buzzing Acres Farms in Hunterdon County, NJ. The Tassots produce high quality, chemical free, raw honey and other bee products such as hand-made beeswax candles and soaps. Their products are sold at their honeybee farm as well as farmers’ markets, … More Turning Flowers Into Gold
I’ve always loved colorful Mediterranean pottery in general and Portuguese pottery in particular. There are many variations for typical Portuguese pottery, based on time period and region, but I pretty much admire them all. These are the things that make my eyes bug out and my heart skip a beat like a kid in a … More Portuguese Pottery
Okay first off, don’t be fooled by the word pancakes. These are not your typical American-style fluffy flapjacks! Those are great too but these are a denser and kind of custard-like oven-baked pancake. My husband is half German and this is really about the only thing I make in honor of that side of our … More German Pancakes