Archives for January 2012

Recipe: Fabulous Scones Simple Enough for the Baking Challenged

For years, my sister, Sandy, has been working to develop the perfect scone. It’s a mission to satisfy a taste of home for her mother-in-law, Nora, a gentle woman born and raised in Ireland. Now 91, Nora grew up in an era when life was measured by what happened in between cups of tea and the most common form of entertainment was conversation, not watching television. “TV ruined the talk,” she says in her sweet Irish … [Read more...]

Spices & Herbs: A Quick Lesson

As this terrific video by Consumer Reports shows, you don't need to spend a lot of money on fancy spices. However, the key element is when spices get old. Ground herbs and spices are more exposed to air, and thus they lose their potency more quickly. Spices vs. Herbs First, its important to know the difference between a spice and an herb. A spice is any dried part of a plant, other than the leaves, that's used for … [Read more...]

How to Make No-Knead Artisan Bread [Video Lesson]

Making your own bread sounds like a laborious undertaking. But with this savvy recipe from Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François, the authors of Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, you'll find that it takes only minutes and four simple ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast.  Here's the recipe they're demonstrating in the video; I've added herbs to this variation for some extra flavor.  This makes four 1-pound loaves and … [Read more...]

Recipe: Easy Fresh Tomato Sauce

Be sure to have all the ingredients ready before starting the sauce. It’s ready more quickly than you expect. Good tasting fresh tomatoes make all the difference here; cherry tomatoes work especially well and just need to be cut in half. Makes enough sauce for about four- to six-ounces of pasta, or two servings. 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced ½ cup finely chopped onions About one-pound tomatoes, chopped ¼ cup white wine … [Read more...]