Wednesday, April 9, 2014


This article was so mouth-watering and has so many good pizza tips and ideas that I am putting the link right here, so we'll always have it.

And one more pizza dough that is everything they say it is:


Friday, October 4, 2013

Pumpkin or Sweet Potato Muffins

Fall is the perfect time for pumpkin recipes. When I looked around online for pumpkin muffin recipes, the ones I found called for tons of sugar; some even started with a cake mix. However, I wanted some nice substantial muffins that were not too sweet or filled with preservatives from a mix.

I found my recipe the old-fashioned way--in a book that was sitting on my shelf! This is from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (1989), [with my changes in brackets].

I've tried this now with pumpkin, and with sweet potato. Both ways make a delicious muffin.

1-3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
[1/2 tsp. salt]
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cloves

1/2 cup [you can use as much as a cup] canned pumpkin [or cooked, mashed sweet potato]

1 beaten egg
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil

1/4 cup chopped nuts [toasted pecans]

Mix in a large bowl the egg, milk, oil, and pumpkin. Stir in the sifted dry ingredients and the chopped nuts, just until mixed. Lightly grease muffin cups, fill 2/3 full. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Marj's Salad Dressing

Our friend Marj drove down from the Netherlands to visit us when we stayed in Monts-sur-Guesnes (See Vacationing in French Country House, Was it all a Dream?). As you can see from the photo above, we had a wonderful kitchen and lovely food available from all the local outdoor markets. 

Marj made a salad dressing for us one night, the sort of thing a good cook just throws together, adding a bit of this, tasting a bit, and adding a bit of that. When I asked for the "recipe" she gave me the list of ingredients:

Equal parts of:
Olive oil
Apple cider vinegar

Add to taste and whisk all together:
Sautéed pine nuts
Chopped garlic
Salt and pepper

The salad was delicious. We ate it on this veranda. What a wonderful evening!