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Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Cake

melted ice cream cake from The Cake Mix Doctor

This post will just make it look like all I do is bake sweets, which isn’t true. I sometimes cook them on the stovetop, like peanut brittle. More seriously, I have been cooking some savory food, but it’s the holiday season and that means parties and festivity, [...]

Thanksgiving, Tradition, and Inertia

Thanksgiving must be the most tradition-bound American holiday. The focus of the celebration is narrow: a harvest feast, and usually a very circumscribed menu. The template is rigid: gather with your family, cook a turkey and some starchy sides, and watch some football before the Christmas season drops upon us like an anvil in a [...]

The Cake Mix Doctor: Baking Outside the Box

birthday cake cones
If you’ve been reading this blog you’ve probably noticed that I’m kind of a snob about scratch cooking. I don’t think that every kind of processed food out there is an abomination, but I think a lot of them are, and their chief failing is that they provide a lower-quality, less tasty result, [...]

A Man, a Can, a Plan: A Laugh

chunky kernel spread

I picked up A Man, a Can, a Plan from the discount tables at the Strand Bookstore a couple of years ago. It has so much to make fun of: thick cardboard pages of the kind usually found in babies’ picture books; “recipes” that involve mixing together the contents of cans and passing [...]

The Twinkies Cookbook: Twinkiehenge

Twinkiehenge
Twinkies are the epitome of processed food: spongy, resilient, wrapped in plastic, with only slightly more flavor than the wrapping, they are globally recognizable and endlessly the same. They couldn’t not be Recipes of the Damned. So when I saw The Twinkies Cookbook in the discount section at Barnes & Noble a couple of years [...]

The New Joys of Jell-O: Joy Is Not the Word I Would Use

ring around the fruit mold
I have never been a fan of Jell-O. I find the texture off-putting, the taste chemical-y and harsh, and the very principle simply wrong. This is probably one reason that I own three Jell-O cookbooks; in fact, it was a Jell-O cookbook that started me down the path to Recipes of [...]

Totally Garlic Cookbook: Savory Taste of the Stinking Rose

garlic goat cheese spread
When I signed up to bring appetizers to the office picnic, I promised one vegetable-based dish and one “more indulgent” dish. The eggplant dip met the “vegetable-based” goal. For “more indulgent,” I decided that meant it had to have cheese. I also knew it had to be something that could be served [...]

Eat More, Weigh Less: The Joy of Eggplant

pita chips with roasted eggplant dip
Lately it seems to be taking an act of God to get me to cook much. I’m cooking dinner most evenings, but I’ve been doing easy lazy things. Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and chickpeas. Stir-fry. Hot dogs. Things that don’t require measuring or even really counting. I feel like [...]

The Meatless Gourmet: Last party recipe

samosas, cucumber-tomato raita

The Meatless Gourmet is a collection of vegetarian recipes from different world cuisines. Mexico, Italy, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, and more are represented in appetizers, entrees, side dishes and beverages. I probably bought the book when it was new in 1995, because I know we’ve cooked from it for years.
For the party I [...]

McCall’s Cookie Collection: The next-to-last party book

crisscross peanut cookies

I knew that when it came to sweets, the Black and White Cupcakes would be the big hits of the party. Different, dramatic and delicious — and did I mention they were chocolate? I am a rabid fan of chocolate. (I hesitate to use the term “chocoholic” because there’s no alcohol in the [...]