Cheeseburger Soup

With all of the activity surrounding Baby Sis, I neglected to mention that I finally made that Cheeseburger Soup I’d been craving. You’d think that with a new kitchen, I’d be just a blur in there, whipping up a host of new dishes and desserts.  Well, no.  It’s been three weeks now and we still…

A New Favorite

Today is the first day in a while where I genuinely feel good.  Minor pain and discomfort, but nothing significant, and I’m very thankful for that. 

The Greatest Thing Ever

Need chopped veggies for your dish but aren’t interested in buying up the produce section at the local grocer’s?  Well, Birds Eye has something in the freezer section that you might want to check out. 

Cheeseburger Pizza?

Well, I did it. Made a “Double Cheeseburger” pizza this afternoon and it pretty much turned out as expected. 

Manchet, 1615

I’m teaching a course on the Renaissance and Reformation, and aside from looking at slide-shows of art and listening to recordings, there’s not a lot that I can do to enliven my students.  Or is there?

Shrewsbury Pan Biscuits, 1958

A while back, I picked up a copy of the Historical Cookbook of the American Negro (Beacon Press, Boston, 2000).  This book is a reissue of a cookbook originally published by the National Council of Negro Women in 1958.  I don’t recall the reasoning behind the acquisition, except to say that there was a point…

Stuffed Peppers!

Perhaps it was just so that I could say that I’ve accomplished something today, but I went back into the kitchen . . .

Chicken Croquettes

If you’re in the American Midwest right now, then you and I have one thing in common: heat. It’s been hotter the last week than it has been all summer. It’s like we were lulled into this sense of calm and restful temperatures only to have Nature turn on its furnace and yell out at…

Going Medieval

Eighteen months ago, I made a small jar of powder douce, a popular medieval mixture of various spices, that was used as a seasoning and rub for meat, poultry, and occasionally, fish.  I was very happy with it, until I realized that I’d made a huge mistake by including an ingredient that was not used…

Chicken Pizza

Deviating somewhat from the 17th century, last night found me in an adventurous mood. I had to come up with something for dinner, but everything I thought of seemed unappealing.  In the end, I feared that I’d be reduced to something like chicken nuggets or pizza rolls when it occurred to me that it’s been…