Cornmeal Skillet Cake

This cornmeal buttermilk cake can be made in a loaf pan or a skillet pan, I went with the latter. I obviously used the optional berries. This was an easy cake and only required two bowls unless you count the vessel used to melt the butter. The skillet version bakes up quick in only 30…

Mostly Rhubarb Tart

I knocked this out for our Sunday dinner. I was lucky and found rhubarb at Smart and Final but like Kim it was not in the greatest condition no matter it was being cooked anyway. We have made several rhubarb desserts over the years but so far our favorite remains Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar…

Black Bean-Chipotle Dip

I had big plans for Memorial weekend including making this dish but COVID had other plans and I spent the weekend feeling lousy and the next three weeks thank you very much. Alas, me and my family are all well now and I can get back to cooking and baking. This bean dip is easy…

Portuguese-Style Cod and Beans En Papillote

This is the fourth recipe I have made that is en papillote. It is an easy way to cook and I have always been happy with the results. This recipe is no different. My son asked if we made it or picked it up at a restaurant and my husband declared it restaurant worthy. I…

Eton Mess

One word review, delicious. One sentence review, better than expected. I took the advice of my fellow bakers to use rhubarb as it was well worth it. I did not think I would have any trouble finding it as it is usually available year round in California. But of course the week I went to…

Beef and Beer Stew

I can’t remember the last time I made a stew of any kind, this latest rendition from Everyday Dorie looked good. I put my husband in charge of finding the Belgian ale and he found this bottle of Gulden Draak which is a dark red triple ale. This recipe requires a fair amount of prep…

Carrot-and-Mustard Rillettes

This is a recipe I probably would not have made if it wasn’t for this group which is the benefit of cooking in a group. I served this as a starter for our Sunday family dinner and it was a big hit, surprisingly big hit. This was another team effort recipe, I put my husband…

Boozy Jumbled-Fruit Croustade

I purposely made this dessert late, I was saving it for an outdoor luncheon I was having with friends. I was happy when this recipe made the list as I have a cupboard full of dried fruit to use up. As I headed out to get the few ingredients I needed to finish this dish…

Pasta with Sardines, Fennel and Pine Nuts

My husband knocked this out on a Thursday night. He said this recipe was doable for a week night meal. We opted not to put the oil in from the sardine can but used olive oil instead. We enjoyed this one even though it was a bit fishy. Anytime raisins end up in a dish…

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Shopping for the ingredients for this cauliflower tabbouleh I found this bag of cauliflower pearls which was begging me to buy. It just seemed so easy to open and pour and I didn’t have to wash the food processor. Sold! I followed the recipe as written except for the mint, my husband does not like…