Risotto with Fresh Porcini and Dried Black Trumpet Mushrooms

I had friends coming over yesterday evening, and needed a few things – and the morning was so pretty that I decided to take a walk in the sun, do the shopping, and then come home and cook.  Risotto ai funghi porcini was in the plans, but the plans were to use a bagful of last weekends’ prepared-and-frozen mushrooms.  Plans change. Plans change when you … Continue reading Risotto with Fresh Porcini and Dried Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Autumn’s Bounty: Thyme Polenta with Porcini

There are many reasons I love autumn.  Like I’ve mentioned here before, I also really love other seasons, but if I had to pick one, autumn is probably my favorite, with the slightly-cooling air, and leaves turning colors, and its abundance of fruit and wild mushrooms. Mushrooms.  Oh, mushrooms, how I love them – and all the delicious things one can make with them.  And … Continue reading Autumn’s Bounty: Thyme Polenta with Porcini

Two Tiny Jars of Spiced Fig Jam

Yes, I know I’ve been lazy and barely posted lately, and, moving right along (because who cares about my excuses, for such they would be), if you want to get to the absolutely amazing (I am not kidding here!) teeny-batch fig jam with spices recipe and instructions, just keep scrolling.  For those of you who want to read the usual expansive babble, I’d like to … Continue reading Two Tiny Jars of Spiced Fig Jam

Ridiculously Amazing Rosewater and Cardamom Cake (Egg White Free)

And a Valentine’s Day discussion you probably don’t care about (in which case, feel free to scroll to the bulleted ingredient list), but if you do, by all means, read on! Yes, I know.  It’s February the 14th in two days.  My wonderful boyfriend is away for the next four on a business trip, and I am despondently eating a cake all alone and miserable, … Continue reading Ridiculously Amazing Rosewater and Cardamom Cake (Egg White Free)