Your Cooking Companion

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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

Vanilla Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour (Alchohol Optional) : A Cookalong Podcast Quick Bite

Wow! Many amazing flavors surprisingly combined in one drink, and they work together like a miracle. Alcohol optional! This might be the best cocktail I've ever...

 All Recipes and Beverages

My Rice Cooker–A Change of Heart + Recipe! : A Cookalong Podcast Quick Bite

My rice cooker goes from foolish to fabulous, and here's an EASY coconut rice recipe.

 All Recipes and Side Dishes

Homemade Pizza in Less than an Hour : A Cookalong Podcast Quick Bite

Crave pizza at 5:PM, eat a homemade one before 6:PM. Easy, fast, fun, and tasty!

 All Recipes and Main Dishes

Fast, Fancy, Five-ingredient Southwestern Avocado Chicken : A Cookalong Podcast Quick Bite

Fast, Fancy, Five-ingredient Southwestern Avocado Chicken : A Cookalong Podcast Quick Bite

 All Recipes and Main Dishes

Chocolate Dump Cake : A Cookalong Podcast Quick Bite

This decadent dessert takes only five ingredients. Fast, Easy, Fun.

 All Recipes, Cakes & Frostings, and Desserts

Honey Rum Sauce : A Cookalong Podcast Quick Bite

Very rich, buttery cinnamon sauce, with rum (or rum extract) and other indulgences. A stunning addition to apple pie…and what else?!

 All Recipes, Desserts, Miscellaneous, and Sauces & Seasonings

Blogs for the Home Cook

Handy Cooking Oil Smoke-Point Chart

Posted in Fixes & Tips, Food
on March 29, 2022

These days, I find myself choosing my cooking oil not only by flavor profile, but also by smoke point. The smoke point is, of course, the temperature at which an...

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...