Your Cooking Companion

How's about cookin' somethin' up with me?


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I'm a household cook.  I cook every day and have learned a few things, and I want to share the joy of making messes and magic in the kitchen.  I want to be your cooking partner!

These podcasts are recipes cooked in real time, so you can cook along with me.  With each podcast on the site, you'll find a list of tools and ingredients, so you'll know before you start whether or not you already have everything you need in the house.  (Trust me, though—there are recipes here that are worth a trip to the store for the ingredients!)

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Some of My Latest Dishes

Blueberry Scones

Luscious, moist scones dense with blueberries. These will brighten your day!

 All Recipes, Bread, Breakfast, Desserts, and Sweet Breads

English Muffins from Scratch–with Guest Chef Pat

Really tasty english muffins you make at home. So much easier than you think!

 All Recipes, Bread, Breakfast, and Muffins

Blueberry Pie

This very fresh-blueberry-tasting pie uses an unusual technique to bring the filling to just the right texture, without the cornstarchy taste or feel of other blueberry...

 All Recipes, Desserts, and Pies

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

There is nothing like the intense strawberry-ness of a freshly-made strawberry-rhubarb pie. The tartness of the rhubarb and the sweetness of the sugar perfectly compliment the...

 All Recipes, Desserts, and Pies

Moussaka–with Guest Chef Pat

Rich and satisfying traditional Greek layered casserole made with sliced eggplant, potatoes, homemade Greek tomato and lamb sauce, and bechamel.

 All Recipes and Main Dishes

THE BEST (!) One-Bowl Brownies

Ridiculously rich, gooey, chewy, intense chocolate brownies that are so easy to make that it only takes one bowl!

 All Recipes, Cookies, and Desserts

Blogs for the Home Cook

Baked Potatoes 101, & Variations on the Theme

Posted in Food, New Methods
on February 24, 2021

Oh, the simple pleasure of one of the world’s best comfort foods: a hot baked potato with melting butter, sour cream, and chives. I have a tip that can put...

Treat Your Valentine!

Posted in Food
on February 13, 2021

Snow and ice has brought my city to a stand-still, and YIKES! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and there won’t be any last-minute trips to the store for cards, flowers, or...

Perfect Homemade Popcorn: The Quest

Posted in Food, New Methods
on May 7, 2020

I’ve spent the last few weeks on a quest for perfect homemade popcorn. I know that’s ridiculous, but as justification, let me just say that I’m writing this during COVID-19...

The Hidden Ingredients in Every Recipe, Part 3

Posted in Announcements, Fixes & Tips
on April 11, 2020

Hidden ingredients numbers 1 and 2: Tools and Temperature. What’s your guess for hidden ingredient number 3? It's TIME. Here’s the hidden time instruction I hate: “Chill your cookie dough...

The Hidden Ingredients in Every Recipe, Part 2 of 3

Posted in Announcements, Fixes & Tips
on April 10, 2020

We talked yesterday about the fact that the need for special tools is almost never called out at the beginning of a recipe. They’re hidden within the instructions. The second...

The Hidden Ingredients in Every Recipe, Part 1 of 3

Posted in Announcements, Fixes & Tips
on April 9, 2020

When you were first learning to cook, did anyone encourage you to read all the way through the recipe before you started the first step? They told you that because...

Meal Planning?! Who Really Does That??

Posted in Fixes & Tips, New Methods
on March 2, 2020

Well, starting a couple of months ago, I do. Planning meals a week in advance sounds like a tedious chore that will result in having to eat food you might...