Monday, September 12, 2016

Peach Pecan Blueberry Crumble

We interrupt my library retro theme to bring you a different retro:  a fruit-packed crumble!

Fruit crumbles have been documented as far back as the mid-1800s.  Also known as crisps, they are a baked dessert composed of layers of sliced or cut-up fruit, covered with a crumbly pastry-like top.  I like it a lot when it's made with apples, but I'm mad for crumbles/crisps when made with blueberries.  But blueberries have a relatively short season in my neck of the woods.  So in early summer when they are fresh, local and at their very best, I pick up a 6-pack of pints and stuff them deep in the freezer.  When I need some berries, I simply pull out a pint and pour out what I need.  A quick rinse and they are ready for most recipes.

Why today's blueberry thrill?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Are you Ready for Some Retro, Part II -- Pineapple in Lime Jello Made in a Can

Have you ever looked at magazine ads from the 50s and 60s?  Jello was very cool back then.   Especially when served as a ring mold.  If something could be chopped and stuffed into a ring mold, jello was poured around it.  Check out a few ads from that era:

Nothing says California like prunes:

Nothing was safe from the indignity of the ring mold:

That's seafood in the center.  Because Jello dotted 
with curds of cottage cheese wasn't weird enough.

Lime Jello was like totally far out, man!

Actually, this one didn't look so bad.  It had everything I wanted in a retro dessert  -- fruit, lime jello and easy.  Especially the easy part.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Ants Climbing a Tree (Ground Veal with Transparent Noodles)

Every since my China trip, I've been attempting to replicate a few of the dishes enjoyed there.   The names of the dishes may be a little unusual, but definitely memorable.  This is my version of an amazing Szechuan ground meat dish:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fast & Easy Peachy Cream-y Breakfast Yogurt

Do you have the luxury of time in the morning?   Plenty of time for a nice long shower? How about a dawdling over a hearty breakfast, washing it down with that second cup of coffee?

Me neither.  Most of the time I have to choose between my cup of chai or a cup of yogurt.  No time for both. :(

So when I saw that this month's Improv Cooking Challenge theme is peaches and cream, my first two thoughts were that

Monday, July 18, 2016

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