Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Pie

Top off your meal with a beautiful pumpkin pie. This pie from American Heritage Cooking not only tastes delicious with a thick dollop of whipped cream, but it makes the home smell like fall.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Carb Enough For Ya?

Yeah, so this happened. I'm not proud of it. I'm not ashamed of it. We had a cold snap, awright?

We got a little butternut squash. I cut it in half and scooped out the seeds, buttered it, salted it, and put it in the toaster oven at 350F for about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, I sauteed some mushrooms in vegan margarine, then I added water and cornbread stuffing mix.

It hit the cold spot; it really did.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, October 14, 2016

Apple Pie

This American staple is perfectly paired with some crisp, cool vanilla bean ice cream. For a lighter version, try a dollop of homemade whipped cream. Get creative here with the crusts. Use cookie cutters for center cutouts and make this pie a true work of art.

Apple Pie Recipe from 12 Tomatoes

And here's a whipped cream recipe from Add A Pinch that comes out light and fluffy every time. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Looks Like a Kidney Bean. Isn't. Nor Is It A Kidney.

It's a potato. A twice-baked potato, actually.
It doesn't look very pretty, but I don't care. I was pretty pissed with it by this time, so I just took a picture and be damned to it.

I had baked the potatoes the day before, so I got a couple out of the refrigerator, cut them in half, and scooped out the innards. Then, mistakenly believing it would be quick, I put the innards into a Magic Bullet thingy and tried to whirl it up.

It didn't whirl. It whined. I tried three blades and two sizes of containers, and all it did was sit there and grumble. I did more than grumble, I can tell ya. Even when I added some milk and vegan margarine, it wouldn't whirl.

Eventually, I got it somewhat mashy. I added some salt and onion powder and a beaten egg and grated cheese, and spooned the mixture back into the shells. I baked them at 450 for about a half hour for the little 'uns and left the big 'uns in for a bit longer, until they were puffy and browned.

They tasted fine, but I ate with more vengeance than appetite.

Marian Allen, Author Lady
Fantasies, mysteries, comedies, recipes

Friday, October 7, 2016

Homemade Dinner Rolls

A meal isn't complete without some sort of rolls. Celebrations call for fluffy rolls straight from the oven where the butter melts flawlessly. A soft, homemade dinner roll is exactly what your party needs. Try this recipe from What Megan's Making

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Kitchenless House

Those of us who love to cook deplore the increasing dependence on fast food and the specter of homes built with vestigial kitchens or even no kitchens at all. 

This is another item for The Department of Nothing New Under the Sun: As soon as civilization permitted, the smell, mess, heat and danger of cooking was distanced from the living quarters. Kitchens -- specialized rooms used only for food preparation -- were partitioned from the rest of the house, or relegated to a lower floor, or banished to lean-tos off the rear wall, or occupied separate buildings. 

Vetruvius, in Book VI of hisTEN BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE, suggested building the farmhouse kitchen on the warmest side of the courtyard and surrounding it with the baths, stables, and oil-pressing rooms. 

In the 1800s, forward thinkers envisioned communities in which all the food preparation was done in centralized locations and householders fetched prepared meals or even had them delivered right to their doors. Sound familiar? 

Marian Allen, Author Lady

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

This down-home, American staple is perfect for large parties. These rich and creamy mashed potatoes are cost effective and taste delicious. Pair them with any main dish for happy party guests.

Get the recipe for Perfect Mashed Potatoes at Favorite Family Recipes!