Papa a la Huancaína

Papa a la Huancaína is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, and as Vermont tends to lack good Peruvian cuisine, it falls to me to recreate my own versions of Peruvian dishes such as this one.  Papa a la Huancaína, in its simplest form, is a potato smothered in a spicy cheese sauce.  I decided…

Pumpkin Brioche

I am harking in the Fall with a decadently rich (I always inwardly cringe at the amount of butter that goes into brioche, but somehow, once it’s baked, it always seems well worth it) bread enhanced with sweet hints of pumpkin and my personal blend of pumpkin spice – freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon, and coriander…

Mexican Chocolate Pudding

While cleaning out my cupboards, I unearthed an old can of fat-free sweetened condensed milk that was just this side of expiring.  Unfortunately, I made that key lime flan last week.  I primary use sweetened condensed milk for either flan or lemon meringue pie, and I thought that both desserts were too close to last…

Mock Linzer Hearts

I present you with the nut-free Linzer Cookie.  These cookies do not have the crunch traditionally associated with Linzer cookies (I will have to continue working on that), but they are an aromatic, lightly spiced, jam filled, cakey cookie in the iconic Linzer shape.  I have adapted the recipe from Maida Heatter’s recipe for Swedish…

Pickled Beets

This is another wonderful canning recipe adapted from Liana Krissoff’s Canning for a New Generation.   As you might be able to tell, I was on a canning kick last week: two different kinds of pickled pears, cranberry and pear chutney, and now some pickled beets.  This is all part of the Thanksgiving prep.  I was invited…

Spiced Cranberry and Pear Chutney

Spiced Cranberry and Pear Chutney: A sweet and tangy dressing that will brighten up any meal – be it a holiday feast or your slap-dab midweek lunch.  This chutney cans beautifully, and makes a wonderful holiday housewarming gift. This recipe makes 3 pint sized jars. In a large sauce pan on the stovetop combine:  3/4 cups…

Spiced Pears

I have never been crazy about pears; too sweet, too bland, too boring, too hard, too mushy.  Until a few years ago pears were those unappetizing fruits that cropped up for a short period of time each Fall only to be overshadowed by a vast variety of apples, pumpkins, and cranberries.  While pears always appealed…