Cruelest. Email. Ever.

A "devoted reader" name of "Jason" sends me a "fan" email. He says he is a fan, but he is clearly a hit-man from the opposite camp - as I easily discerned upon reading his unusually cruel missive - the cruelest email I have ever received. I should not have believed his kind words. They were a big, fat set-up. A few strokes to my weary, battered ego, and then he unleashes absolute hell on the form of a recipe! Well, have I not written enough about my adventures in FASTING, and how I … [Read more...]

Iced Coffee & Mystic Monks

So many have either emailed or commented on how happy they are with the Mystic Monk coffee they've ordered (see sidebar or banner above) that I thought I'd throw a few of their yummy iced coffee recipes up. Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than cold, cold coffee with a bit of ice cream in it! Frosty Mocha Cappuccino Recipe The monks recommend the Rum Pecan coffee for this In a blender combine: 1 cup Mystic Monk coffee, very strong, cold 2 cups vanilla fat-free ice cream 2 tablespoons … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Legs!

I looooove Rob Rainford at License to Grill, which I've only seen for the first time this week (see, I haven't been glued to the tv watching only Benedict!); he's handsome, I like his voice and his recipes are all so intriguing. For me that's a cooking show trifecta! Tonight I tried the Grilled Chicken Drumsticks and followed the recipe to the letter except I used olive oil, since I had no peanut oil. OMG. Yum. Try it. I upped the garlic cloves by two, because we're garlic noses around … [Read more...]

A Better Baked Oatmeal

I shared this baked oatmeal recipe with y'all a while ago, but someone recently sent me a slightly different recipe from the foodie site Cast Sugar, and I like it even better - less sugar, less fat and no baking powder! Ingredients: 2 1/4 c. quick cooking oats (or 2 3/4 c. old-fashioned oats) 2/3 c. firmly packed brown sugar 3/4 c. raisins or other dried fruit (I used dried goji berries) 1/2 c. chopped walnuts 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 3 1/3 c. skim milk 4 egg whites, lightly … [Read more...]

Mystic Monk Coffee – UPDATED

A while back, we talked about patronizing various monastic houses at Christmas, gifting others with their candies, jellies, cakes, beers, soaps and more. It occurs to me that Easter is coming and you may be making baskets for family and friends. If you do, you might want to consider adding to it some coffees. I admit I am a sucker for good photography and a well-designed web-site, and those things attracted me to the monks, but I was still leery. Then Lent came and I decided to give up … [Read more...]

Perciatelli Bucatini Amatriciana

I happened to catch the end of one of chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich's wonderful cooking shows on PBS (cooking recipes from Napoli) and - given this dish only calls for three ingredients - I was able to recreate it tonight. It's....mmmmmmm....we made right pigs of ourselves. Thought I'd pass it on. Ingredients: 1lb Perciatelli pasta 3 large white onions, sliced into chunks 1 large can of peeled plum tomatoes Locatelli or Peccorino Romano grated cheese Throw the sliced onions into a skillet … [Read more...]

Wise Words and Spinach

From Julie we get both the wise words and the heavenly-sounding spinach recipe. The wise words actually come from author Terry Pratchett whom, I confess, I often have difficulty reading. But this is brilliant: "Right. Right. That's people for you. Now if I'd seen him [God], really there, really alive, it'd be in me like a fever. If I thought there was some god who really did care two hoots about people, who watched 'em like a father and cared for 'em like a mother ... well, you wouldn't catch … [Read more...]

Carnival of Recipes

This is a particualrly good week, it seems. I can't wait to try the hummus recipe. … [Read more...]

Why you want to marry an Irish girl

Because we sing like angels, our eyes smile and...we make kick-ass Irish Soda Bread. I got this recipe, btw, from my Italian mother in law! :-) Maria Lucia's Irish Soda Bread 4 c sifted flour 1 1/2 tsps baking soda 1 tsp salt 3/4 c sugar 1 c raisins 2 tblspns melted butter 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups buttermilk Mix dry ingredients. Mix butter, eggs and buttermilk. Stir into dry ingredients. Use a 2 qt pan (like a pyrex) because it works the best. Back at 350 degrees for 1.25 hours. Another … [Read more...]

Anna’s German Butter Cookies

Growing up, I knew a lady who seemed ancient when I was little, and who finally died about two years ago, a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday. She was from Germany, and a stern lady with ram-rod straight posture, who never smiled or laughed in all the years I knew her, and yet she was never unkind or ungenerous. Some people just aren't into levity, I think. Anyway, anytime I crossed her line of vision she would feed me, rather like an Italian mom. She made heavenly ham/butter/mayo … [Read more...]