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Savory Hand Pies for the Boys

November 25th, 2009

My sons were off from school this week due to parent teacher conferences. Ah, what a week to have the boys underfoot!
So, yesterday, we decided to head down to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, which is located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. After a stroll through the exhibits, I took the boys over to The Elliott Bay Book Company around [...]

A Thanksgiving Cornucopia

November 21st, 2009

I’ve been posting over at Amazon’s Al Dente blog this week. So you might check out my posts regarding the Butterball Turkey Talk Line, BBC Good Food, and Epicurious.com.
All of these online resources offer solid recipes and useful tips. They also have new features designed  to make the holidays easier and more enjoyable. Be sure to check them out.Other sites [...]

A Libby’s Pumpkin Shortage?

November 18th, 2009

I was just poking around the Libby’s website sorting through various pumpkin related recipes.
There was a quirky little link asking if folks were having trouble finding their canned pumpkin this year.
I’ve had no problem, but being a curious cook, I clicked the link.  I was surprised to hear that there is a pumpkin shortage due to [...]

Cruising Produce for Cranberries

November 18th, 2009

I headed to the grocery store yesterday in order to pick up a bag of cranberries.
Much to my dismay the display at the first store looked really grim. The bagged cranberries were very pale, almost pink, and wrinkly. Humbug, I told myself and bypassed those.
I went to another grocery store this morning. I         found the same [...]

Ugh. I have a bee in my bonnet and a brain full of regrets. Here’s why.
I wrote a blog post about cranberries on Amazon’s Al Dente blog today. After I wrote the post, I started to recall a recipe I made from Gourmet years ago, probably appearing in an edition in the early 1990s.
It was [...]

I was reading Kate McDermott’s blog, The Art of the Pie, over the weekend.  Kate discusses her recent adventures testing and retesting a Vodka Pie Crust.
I had never heard of a Vodka Pie Crust, but I read with interest. At the end of her post, she asks folks about their favorite pie crusts…Funnily enough, I’ve [...]

I don’t get to Whole Foods very often, but I decided to stop by the one on Seattle’s Roosevelt Way today.
Mooching around the aisles, I stopped at an endcap and couldn’t believe my eyes–an aseptic box touting a Pour n Bake  Pumpkin Pie filling. Made by Arrowhead Mills and just introduced, this compact little box [...]

I’ve heard from Corningware after posting about their  Blue Cornflower Pyroceram cookware this morning.
One of the Consumer Care Center Reps contacted me via email to tell me that Corningware still offers replacement covers for their vintage Corningware Stovetop products.  She mentioned that the products can be purchased by calling the Consumer Care Center at 1-800-999-3436 or by [...]

Corningware Relaunches a Classic

November 11th, 2009

I was poking around Washington’s Auburn Supermall recently and stopped by the Corningware Corelle Revere store. I immediately noticed a large display of one of Corningware’s classic casseroles—Blue Cornflower.
I hadn’t seen these basic blue and white casseroles in retail stores for years and asked the salesman about them. He told me they were recently reintroduced by [...]

As many of you know, I am a big fan of my Zojirushi Bread Machine. I purchased mine almost two years ago from King Arthur Flour and indeed it has been money well spent. 
I love this machine because I can load it up with the ingredients, set  the cycle and carry on with my day. [...]

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