I love maple syrup. Yes, I love it drizzled over pancakes and waffles—but I also love baking breads, muffins and cakes with it and glazing carrots, squash and ham with it. This time of year, when baking and roasting take over the kitchen, maple seems to be a natural for me. And, I do mean natural, for I am talking about the real deal—not the pseudo syrup. [Read more…]
Comfort food–when flavors and aromas remind us of home and simpler times. One comfort food for me is apple streusel cake—and it is just the cake to share with friends and neighbors. The aroma as it bakes is guaranteed to fight off howling winds and the inviting flavor seems to erase the stress of the day. [Read more…]
Happy New Year! Celebrate the New Year in style. Make it a lazy morning and enjoy your family and guests, but keep is super easy! I love watching the parades, sipping coffee by the fire and just enjoying the day so the menu needs to be festive and fool proof. [Read more…]
My mom loved to bake—and her cinnamon rolls are baked into my memory. She served them every holiday morning. She made them when family came to visit and she made them frequently, “just because.” Now, I want cinnamon rolls for special breakfasts—and everyone in my family knows you cannot have a holiday or family gathering without cinnamon rolls. It has to be on my “Eat-to-Save” mission. Yet, how could I make them and serve them hot out of the oven and not stay up all night or bake them the day before? I challenged myself to figure out how to make them fresh and easy. Make Ahead Freezer Cinnamon Rolls are my answer.
My family, the Ensminger cousins, meet for a weekend reunion each fall. We travel from all over the country and enjoy a weekend of fun, laughter, reminiscing, and of course, eating. This year, the gathering was in Oklahoma and the large cabin had a kitchen so we could cook together. We always enjoy the local sights and foods—and eat far too much. This year, the crowning glory of the weekend was a chuck wagon dinner, cooked and served from an antique chuck wagon. It was great fun and they served wonderful food! [Read more…]
For the first time in almost two years, Kathy and I can pause, evaluate and take a breath in between projects. This is always a great feeling and precious time in our work flow. The aftermath of being swamped with work 24/7 is a pantry that is bulging at the seams.
Last week, I played a game. The rules consisted of no grocery store runs unless it was to purchase fresh produce. Dinners had to be created and deemed successful by all, but they had to be prepared with only items on hand. The great result of the winning game is that we enjoyed meals all week that we would not have “normally” experienced and the pantry became less filled with overflow. (Ok, that last part is an out and out lie!). [Read more…]