Shiitake Mushroom Powder

Mushrooms have a ton of umami, that Japanese word that describes the fifth taste. roughly translated to mean smooth, savory flavor.  It is also described as meaty and savory. There are lots of foods that have umami, like meats, mushrooms, … Continue reading

Blackberry Sangria

For warm nights on the deck, porch or patio or sunny afternoons with friends, it is hard to think of a more fun and refreshing beverage than sangria, that classic drink from Spain and Portugal. Earliest recipes include fruit, sugar/honey, … Continue reading

Mincing Garlic in the Food Processor

I always say that laziness is the mother of invention and for me having less dishes and utensils to wash is a great thing, especially when it is the dreaded garlic press. I say someone somewhere add ingredients through the feed … Continue reading

Cucumbers Sunomono

Cucumbers Sunomono

I am always looking for delicious and non-fattening dishes to keep in the refrigerator when I want a nosh. Since my cucumber vines are producing an abundant amount of cucumbers, I decided to make Julia Child’s cucumber soup and this … Continue reading

Setting the Table, An Etiquette Primer

Having your kids set the table is one of the first ways you can have them help in the kitchen and learn some etiquette. Here is a fun way for them to remember where to put what that can also … Continue reading

Potato Salad

Potato Salad

Well, someone shared a kick starter project about making potato salad for the first time so being this uber helpful person (which somehow gets me into trouble),  I thought I should do a post on Potato Salad and save everyone … Continue reading

Hard Cooked Eggs

Getting hard cooked eggs right can sometimes be challenging. Those dark rings around the yolk when you hard boil an egg are yucky and they don’t peel easily.  They are the result of a chemical reaction between the iron in … Continue reading