How To Make Asiago Cheddar Rolls

There aren't many complex activities humans have been doing for longer than they've been making bread. But since the invention of sliced bread, most of us have gotten out of the habit. It's so bad that when I asked people who took my introductory cooking class -- you can still sign up using the form on the right side of the blog, by the way -- when I asked them what they wanted to know more about, making yeast breads was in the top three along with canning and knife skills. I didn't have … [Read more...]

How To Make Baked Macaroni And Cheese

I'm a big fan of comfort food: meat loaf and mashed potatoes, chicken soup, chocolate-chip cookies. And of course, mac and cheese. Like most of you, I grew up on the neon orange stuff that comes in the blue box. And in my house that was made with margarine, because we had all been told it was better for us. We hadn't heard of trans fat. Oh well. So every now and then, when I just have to relive a bit of my childhood, I might whip up a bowl of the orange stuff. But if want something good, … [Read more...]

Roasted Parmesan Peppercorn Potatoes

I tend to suffer from kid-in-the-candy-store syndrome when it's time to plan a menu. When I'm just sitting there thinking about what I'd like to have, I don't even know where to start. Sometimes it helps to just go to the market and see what looks good. "Ooh, nice looking red peppers, what can I do with those?" But they tend to always have the same things in stock. (Hopefully this will change as we start seeing more local, in-season produce.) But what really clarifies my thinking is … [Read more...]