Category: Home Cooking

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Gingerbread for Healing

I have reached the point where I just need something simple, comforting, and healing, and thought you might have too. So I made gingerbread. This is my mother’s gingerbread recipe. It was her go-to dessert when she wanted something quick and easy, that would feed and please a crowd. My father used to eat a ...

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

This soup is made with pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices, but it definitely does not taste like pumpkin pie. There’s plenty of pumpkin pie ahead with the holidays coming, so I didn’t want it here in this soup. Spiced Pumpkin Soup 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped pinch of salt 2 cups chicken broth 1 ...

Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Cornbread

After I got all uppity about Pumpkin Spice yesterday, I got hungry. So I made this. Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Cornbread 1 1/2 cups stone ground, whole grain cornmeal (medium grind) 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves ...

Real Food Origins: Rhubarb

As common as rhubarb is in much of the US, it is not a native plant to North America. European immigrants brought it here in the 18th century, after it was grown and used for centuries as a medicinal root in China, and spread throughout Asia and Europe over eastern trade routes. Although commonly treated ...

Corn and Red Bean Soup

This recipe is inspired by a Choctaw recipe I found. It didn’t include bacon, but since it would have been available to the local population through trade with Europeans, I used it to impart some extra flavor and richness. It also didn’t include filé powder, but since the Choctaw taught their New Orleans neighbors how ...

Creole Remoulade

Here’s how I made my Creole Remoulade. You can substitute any hot sauce if you can’t find Louisiana hot sauce, but I wouldn’t go too far to the Latin/Mexican side, because that’s not going to be Creole exactly. It is usually served with seafood, such as Shrimp Remoulade, above, but I have also used it as a ...

Make Your Recipes Work For You: Recipe-Hacking

Do you want to know one of my favorite tricks for cooking home-cooked meals regularly? Before I ever pick up a knife, or turn on the oven, I read the recipe. I know you have probably heard that advice before, and you’re nodding your heads, saying, yeah, yeah, how about something I haven’t heard! So, ...