Sometimes, Oranger Is Better (Winter Squash Soup)

August weather has turned unexpectedly rainy today, starting with a rain and then a thunderstorm, and following with a cold wind which dried up the puddles but did nothing for the chill that set in earlier.  And so, when I have wandered into my kitchen in search of the meaning of life, or, failing that, of weather-appropriate food, it came to be that I emerged … Continue reading Sometimes, Oranger Is Better (Winter Squash Soup)

Homemade Taco Spice Mix (or why I don’t buy seasoning packets)

I have a love-love relationship with spices and seasonings. Always have, and barring some monumental changes in the universe, always will.  To me, bland food is generally sad, and I love anything full of flavor – be it real vanilla in whipped cream, Thai curry, citrus and pink pepper, Ras-al-Hanout over meats or rice dishes, garlic in anything savory – you name it.  I don’t … Continue reading Homemade Taco Spice Mix (or why I don’t buy seasoning packets)

How (not) To Glue Yourself To Kitchen Counter (adventures with rye bread)

This post is dedicated to all those well-meaning bread-baking books and blogs which I have consulted regarding baking rye bread.  They have all been full of good and helpful (no sarcasm) tips and explanations, and the result of my efforts has been lovely and very, very worthwhile. In fact, these worthy sources have even mentioned, offhandedly, that rye dough tends to be sticky but that … Continue reading How (not) To Glue Yourself To Kitchen Counter (adventures with rye bread)