TBT Cookbook Review: Roasting by Barbara Kafka

Written in 1995, Roasting was one of those “instant classic” books that appear so rarely. It’s a monumental work. Since its publication, there have only been a couple of other “roasting” books published. What more can you say? How could you say it better than Barbara?...
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TBT and Christmas Cookies: Coffee Shots from European Cookies

  I first posted this recipe three years ago. It is a brilliant cookie concept, warm and rich and very, very coffee. It's just the kind of pretty cookie you want to enjoy during the holidays. A simple shortbread is converted into a sandwich using a coffee...
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Cookbook Review: Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Guide 2018

  For 41 years, Hugh Johnson has published his annual guide to wine, cherished series that has sold millions of copies. And influenced the happy consumption of millions and millions of bottles. Last year’s edition was 336 pages. So is this one. There are changes...
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Be Prepared: Vegetable Stock

  I am often a little confused. And it seems to be happening more and more. Ah, well. At least I can be prepared. You know on Thanksgiving how when you went to make the gravy you needed a few cups of stock? And you didn’t have any? We should all take a lesson...
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Suzi’s Blog

Be Prepared: Vegetable Stock

  I am often a little confused. And it seems to be happening more and more. Ah, well. At least I can be prepared. You know on Thanksgiving how when you went to make the gravy you needed a few...

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Crackling Good Grapes from Holly Garrison

This appetizer will surprise you. You make a simple syrup, dip in clusters of two three grapes, let them dry and eat away. It’s refreshing and quite unexpected if you used to “unamplified grapes.”...

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TBT Recipe: Jammy Dodgers

                        From a few years ago, here’s a holiday cookie you want to consider. These are a popular British dessert with...

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Rain on a Smoke Plant

Instead of a recipe today, I’m posting this picture. We bought a small smoke plant a couple of years ago, putting it in soil that had been extensively accelerated with potting soil and...

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Jezabel Sauce [Sweet Heat]

I saw a recipe recently for jezebel sauce and it struck me that this was the second time in the past year the idea had appeared. I checked the ingredients and, well, showed it to my wife Suzi....

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Cranberry Cordial

  A “cordial” is simply a liqueur, a dessert-oriented liqueur and one that has been sweetened. A cranberry cordial can  be sipped and enjoyed all on its own. Or, it can be employed...

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TBT Recipe: Cranberry Margarita

  I can drink margaritas the year round. So can Suzi. Hence, we are married. When these holidays roll around, and cranberries are abundant, then a festive cranberry margarita cannot be...

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