Cooking Blog

9 09, 2015

How to Roast Hatch Green Chiles!

2023-01-15T21:53:13+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes, Techniques, Tips & Tools|

In August each year, green chiles from the Hatch Valley near Hatch, New Mexico start appearing in a few of our grocery stores here in Southern California, but they are usually gone by the end of September.  If you have ever visited New Mexico, you probably know these chiles make the best enchilada sauce for ...[ get the full recipe ]

30 08, 2015

Pineapple Cream & Rum Cupcakes

2023-03-02T17:47:37+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Cooking Blog, Recipes, Tasting Parties|

These cupcakes were inspired by my grandmother and mother. My grandmother loved sweets but was not a big fan of chocolate.  (Hard to believe not loving chocolate and being related to me, right?)  To satisfy her sweet tooth, she almost always had what she called "Plain Cake" in her kitchen.  It is easy to ...[ get the full recipe ]

26 08, 2015

For the love of buttermilk! Chocolate Cupcakes

2023-03-02T17:48:04+00:00Blog Tasting Parties, Cooking Blog, Recipes, Tasting Parties|

My mom just had a big birthday, so we celebrated with a cupcake tasting party!  For my contributions to the party, I decided to use recipes that include one of my mom's favorite foods---buttermilk. Yes, you read that right---buttermilk.  You won't believe this, but my mom loves to drink buttermilk straight!  Unusual, right?  I finally ...[ get the full recipe ]

10 08, 2015

How to Make Mom’s Cream Puffs (profiteroles or pâte à choux)

2023-01-15T21:54:13+00:00Cooking Blog, Featured|

For those of you thinking about making the cream puff recipe I recently posted, here are step-by-step instructions and photos you can follow.  Try  out the recipe and let me know what you think. Cream puffs, profiteroles, éclairs, and gougères all start with a dough called choux pastry or pâte à choux.  Sounds fancy, right?  Until ...[ get the full recipe ]

9 08, 2015

Cream Puffs (aka profiteroles, choux pastry, or pâte à choux)

2023-01-17T19:19:18+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

Cream puffs, also known as profiteroles, are made with a dough called choux pastry, or pâte à choux.  They look impressive but are really easy to make.  This is my mother's recipe, which has always been a winner for me---at least after I learned to be patient and not take them out of the oven too soon!  You can ...[ get the full recipe ]

14 07, 2015

Easy Roast Chicken with Potatoes

2023-03-02T17:48:47+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

Roast chicken is perfect for guests or just for dinner with the family.  In fact, if I am in a hurry, I often pick one up from the grocery store's deli department.   But if you want to control the ingredients and make a conscious choice to avoid hormones, then consider roasting your own chicken.  It is ...[ get the full recipe ]

11 07, 2015

Copper River Salmon with Lemon and White Wine Sauce

2023-03-02T17:49:12+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

This recipe works with any salmon filet, but Copper River salmon is extra special.  A few years ago, I happened to be in Seattle during the short period of time that Copper River salmon was fresh, which is only from about mid-May through mid-June each year.  But I had no idea what a huge deal Copper River salmon ...[ get the full recipe ]

5 07, 2015

Easy Berry and Lime Daiquiri Pops

2023-03-02T17:49:41+00:00Cooking Blog, Recipes|

These pops are like a daiquiri on a stick, which makes them the perfect frozen treat for a hot summer day! Makes 8 pops for adults! Special Equipment Pop molds---If you don't have pop molds, you can use small paper cups and wooden sticks, but you will need to let the mixture freeze until it ...[ get the full recipe ]

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