The right stuff for Lent

For the faithful who observe the Lenten season by refraining from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Fridays, keeping meals interesting on the… Continue reading

Recipes 3.9

RECIPES 3.9IRRESISTIBLE CHOCOLATE COOKIESMy good friend Shirley De Vault gave me this excellent recipe to put in a cookbook I wrote in 2001,“Grannie Annie’s Cookin’… Continue reading

Microwave eggplants

For best results, microwave eggplants one at a time. They will take about 6 minutes each to cook, so when making three eggplants allow sufficient… Continue reading

Bakes seafood with stuffed eggplants

Eggplant stuffed with crab and shrimp is especially toothsome, but feel free to use any combination of seafood when preparing this tasty Lenten dish. Servings:… Continue reading

A good place to stay awhile

A good place to stay awhile

You might think a coffee-table size cookbook, replete with “simple, soulful recipes” and stories by respected author Pat Branning, enough of an enticement to make… Continue reading

A good place to stay awhile

Pioneer Potluck: About St. Patrick’s day

On the farm in Northern Colorado and in Alaska. Our Dad was very proud to be Irish. My Mom carried the Irish tradition in our… Continue reading

Carolina-Style deviled Crab

Carolina-Style deviled Crab

1 cup finely chopped celery1 green pepper, finely chopped1 cup finely sliced green onion½ cup chopped parsley2 pounds claw crabmeat3 cups coarsely crushed cracker crumbs,… Continue reading

Carolina-Style deviled Crab
Brown Sugar bacon party bites

Brown Sugar bacon party bites

8 slices thick-cut bacon3 tablespoons maple syrupFreshly ground black pepper¼ cup grated mild cheddar½ cup grated Gruyère¼ cup grated Parmesan¼ cup mayonnaise2 scallions, trimmed and… Continue reading

Brown Sugar bacon party bites

recipes

RECIPESSorry! I do not have a recipe for the Cabbage Bellies, or Patches or Kraut Burok, as it is a “science” to how much bread… Continue reading

Creme Brolee French toast

Creme Brolee French toast

1 loaf Challah or Brioche bread, sliced into 1½-inch thick slices1 stick butter, unsalted1 cup packed brown sugar2 tablespoons corn syrup5 eggs, extra large¾ cup… Continue reading

Creme Brolee French toast
The Twibell family, circa 1910. Photo coutresy Ann Berg.

Pioneer Potluck: About our dad’s Kansas ancestors

The Twibell ancestry goes back to Monghan County, Ireland. John Twibell was born in 1760 and died in Montpelier, Indiana in 1853 at the age… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2016
  • By Ann 'Grannie Annie' Berg
  • LifeFood
The Twibell family, circa 1910. Photo coutresy Ann Berg.
When cocoa powder is produced, most of the butterfat is removed; therefore, when substituting cocoa for unsweetened chocolate in cake recipes, the amount of fat called for in the recipe will need to be increased.

Sinfully delicious: Devil’s Food Cake

Devil’s Food Cake, frosted with the requisite puffs of Seven-Minute Frosting, is sinfully good. Fluffy and somewhat airy, Devil’s Food Cake is sometimes called the… Continue reading

When cocoa powder is produced, most of the butterfat is removed; therefore, when substituting cocoa for unsweetened chocolate in cake recipes, the amount of fat called for in the recipe will need to be increased.
This Jan. 25, 2016 photo shows carrot hummus with cumin lamb and goat cheese in Concord, NH. Try something creative and different, making hummus from carrots instead of chickpeas. Then top the hummus with seared lamb seasoned with cumin.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Mix up your hummus game with carrot puree topped with lamb

Entertaining should not be about fuss or pomp. I want my focus to be on my company. And on making sure the food packs tons… Continue reading

This Jan. 25, 2016 photo shows carrot hummus with cumin lamb and goat cheese in Concord, NH. Try something creative and different, making hummus from carrots instead of chickpeas. Then top the hummus with seared lamb seasoned with cumin.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This Feb. 15, 2016 photo shows stovetop roasted broccoli with nutritional yeast in Concord, NH.  This recipe gives you both a new way to season and a speedy way to roast broccoli. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Double-duty take on broccoli – new technique, new ingredient

Of all the trendy/healthy/unusual ingredients I use regularly in my cooking, the one I get questions about most is nutritional yeast (which tastes way better… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2016
  • By MELISSA D'ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Feb. 15, 2016 photo shows stovetop roasted broccoli with nutritional yeast in Concord, NH.  This recipe gives you both a new way to season and a speedy way to roast broccoli. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Pioneer Potluck: About Dad, John M. McClure and his Dad, David Thomas McClure, part 2

Born North East of Westfall, Kansas February 15, 1914 Reminiscent from Cousin Jim Nelson, Salina, Kansas. Cousin Jim Nelson has spent his entire life devoted… Continue reading

Beefy, beany stew is warm, simple meal with slow cooker ease

There are two kinds of people — fans of slow-cookers and those who haven’t tried them. I’m definitely the former. I just love my slow-cooker.… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2016
  • By MELISSA D'ARABIAN
  • LifeFood

chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes

Servings: 82 (2 ½- to 3-pound) whole chickens, giblets removedSalt and fresh ground pepper2 slices prosciutto, optional (see ingredient note following recipe)2 cloves minced garlic1… Continue reading

Valentine’s Day – from appetizer to dessert

Last month, when offering recipes from Cook’s Country “Cook It In Cast Iron: Kitchen-Tested Recipes for the One Pan That Does It All,” by the… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About dad

Born: February 15, 1914 to 1983 From Kansas to Northern Colorado   Dads birthday is the 15th of February. He was born in Kansas. He… Continue reading

Caramelized Onion, pear and bacon tart

Servings: 8 to 10Why this recipe worksA cast-iron skillet retains heat like a pizza stone with the functionality of a skillet, making it the perfect… Continue reading