3 Best Things Being a Gentile in a Jewish Home at Passover

Tomorrow is a very special Sabbath, Shabbat Pesach. I spent almost two whole days this week wrestling over which songs to play in service. I probably overdid it, yes. As a result, however, this is my excuse for a Friday post this week. The three best things about being a Gentile living in a Jewish […]

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers (Recipe)

No, that’s not peppers stuffed with vegetarians. It’s peppers not-stuffed with meat… or peppers stuffed with not-meat. (One of those.) Remember the days when I used to write funny pieces on Friday—or at least attempts at humor—rather than copying out of my recipe book? Yeah, those were good times, weren’t they. But I posted a […]

Hickory Smoked Barbecued Beans (Recipe)

My latest culinary experiment was party a success; the other part, not so much. The success was the sauce, the result of a spate of online research and some experimentation. The other part: I used great northern beans, which I think were a little old and didn’t tenderize thoroughly. I’ve made baked beans before using […]

Curried Split Pea Soup

Now that we’re working Dave Ramsey’s system, I’m collecting beans-and-rice recipes. (Dave Ramsey fans will get that.) I’ve been working with dried beans, because they’re cheap and plentiful. And with a little planning, they’re pretty easy to make. Lentils and split peas are the easiest, of course, as they require no soaking. I complement the […]

Better Junk Food through Science

As you may know, I do the soccer-dad thing really badly. I do okay as a stay-at-home Dad—except that I always seem to be behind on the housework. But I am so glad I don’t own a minivan! I don’t know how I would cope if I had to cart the neighborhood kids around everywhere. […]

When Bread Comes Out of the Oven

I’ve had migraines on and off all week this week— That’s not the fun part. On Wednesday, my Beloved put in a loaf of bread to bake in the bread machine, and it reminded me of the following bit in From the Ashes of Courage: “G’d m’rning,” she mumbled. “Aren’t you supposed to be the […]

The Lazy Man’s Chocolate Pie

This year, we’re making pies for our family Thanksgiving feast. All of my brothers and their families all gather at my parents for the day. C is making pumpkin and lemon meringue. But my favorite, I think, is still my own Lazy Man’s Chocolate Pie. Hardly original, but still full of sugar and calories, and […]

The Lazy Man’s Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry… at least the leftovers

Yesterday—which is when I’m actually writing this—I told the Missus, “You know, every time I make a new dish, I should take a picture of it as a matter of course. She agreed without hesitating. Because I had made dinner Sunday afternoon, and we had eaten our fill, and only then did I think that […]

The Bread Machine Chronicles: Homemade Hot Dog Buns

My first experiment with using the Dough cycle on our bread machine, to make homemade hot dog rolls: success! True, some of the rolls came out looking a little funny, because I had never rolled homemade bread before. But the good news is that the rolls we rolled last came out the best, so we […]

Craisin®-Nut Bread

From now on, I’d like to try to regularly post something simple, lighthearted, and fun each Friday, because I know I can get pretty intense sometimes. Today, I thought I’d share a bread machine recipe that’s become a big hit in my house. Margaret and I got a bread machine for our wedding, almost 16 […]