Al’s Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese has always been my #1 comfort food.  It was also one of the first dishes I learned how to make as a kid.  My Mom diligently walked me through all the steps in making a perfect béchamel sauce only to joyfully smother it in heaps of melty cheese.  This was the method…

Gingerbread

I was not able to get my gingerbread fix over Christmas due to the dozens of cookies still hanging around, so I made sure to ring in of the New Year with this seasonal treat.  For me a good gingerbread needs to be moist, heavily spiced, and served with a contrasting set of flavors to…

Philly Cheese Steaks

The occasional Philly Cheese Steak is one of the things that I sometimes miss about living in the mid-Atlantic region.  The one time I had the gall to order one in a Vermont establishment it came served up on a French baguette topped in sharp cheddar cheese – tasty, but not what I would call…

Stollen

My Mother used to make stollen every year for Christmas.  She readily employed a small army (her children) to undergo the labor intensive kneading process.  We – gullible, young, and naive – would have a blast stretching, plopping, and mushing the dough around.  This year I tried out a new stollen recipe adapted from Visions of…

Amelia’s Refrigerator Cookies

These are my Dad’s favorite cookies.  His Grandmother, Amelia, used to make them for him each year around Christmas time, and now the task has fallen to me.  These Refrigerator Cookies are some of the simplest cookies to make, but they check almost all the boxes of the perfect cookie list; buttery, crispy along the…

Chicken Pho – Simplified

With the wind-chill values hitting the negatives today I thought it would be a great time to break out the chicken soup recipes – I tend to think of Chicken Pho as a more elaborate, spiced version of chicken soup.  My home-cooked Pho tends to be a more simplified take on the more traditional pho…