Browsing category: Cooking & Baking from Scratch

American Chop Suey, New England Style

When I was a child, American chop suey was my very favorite thing to eat, and even now it is often my first choice when I’m looking for a tasty, quick, and easy something to make for dinner.


When the One Cup Measure Doesn’t Measure One Cup

It didn’t take long for me to realize that my new measuring cups for dry ingredients weren’t giving me accurate measurements.


My Favorite Recipe for Divinity Fudge

The sweet tooth gene skipped a generation with me I think, because I am definitely not a fan of candy in general and fudge in particular. I do, however, like divinity fudge, and we usually make a batch for Christmas each year. My sons used to call it “cloud candy.”


Making Gingerbread Boys

This recipe was sent to me by a reader who lives in Germany. She wrote that she always makes these gingerbread boys every Christmas, not for her children, but for her husband of forty-three years.


Easy To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’ve ever struggled to peel a hard boiled egg or ended up with a greenish yolk, try this… Start with eggs that have been refrigerated for several days (more than a week is best). NEW EGGS WILL NOT PEEL EASILY.


How To Make Sweet Pickles One Jar At A Time

Reader question… “I am wondering if you have a recipe for sweet pickles that I can make and keep in the refrigerator like with your dill pickle recipe.”


9 Tips For Baking Better Cookies

Measure all ingredients carefully and use the appropriate type of measuring cups. For dry ingredients, use nested cups with a flat top edge so you can level them off with a knife.


Crockpots, Slow Cooking Dried Beans & Phytohaemagglutinin

Reader question… “A neighbor told me this morning that I shouldn’t be using my crockpot to cook dried beans.”


How Do I Tell When Bread Dough Has Risen Enough?

“I know I’m supposed to let bread dough rise until it is double in size, but how do I tell when that has happened? Do I weigh the dough before and after or is a visual thing that you sort of guess at?”


Our Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Reader question… “My family loves your other cookie recipes, but I’m wondering if you have a recipe for peanut butter cookies. Whenever I make them, they do not taste as ‘peanutty’ as I would like.”