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

Spiced Pomegranate Rice

This beautiful side dish is easy enough for family meals and dressy enough for dinner guests. And it goes with almost anything.

 All Recipes and Side Dishes

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Smooth, sweet, and tart with the warmth of cinnamon and nutmeg. SO good on toast, french toast, peanut butter, or a spoon.

 All Recipes, Breakfast, and Desserts

Okra? Okay!

Oven roasted, salty, crunchy, but tender. It tastes a little like kale would, if you could roast it.

 All Recipes, Appetizers & Snacks, and Side Dishes

Peanut Butter Bread

Quirky but classic sweet bread made with peanut butter and brown sugar.

 All Recipes, Bread, Breakfast, and Sweet Breads

Iced Brown Sugar Latte with Shaken Espresso

Creamy, intriguing, and lightly sweet, here's a refreshing homemade upgrade to your coffee routine.

 All Recipes, Beverages, and Breakfast

Peach Scones

Holy smoke, these are good! Moist, light, and sweet, with juicy peach pieces and just the right flavor complements. YUM!

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

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...