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 98-years-young, Nora grew up in an era when life was measured by what happened in … [Read more...] about Recipe: Simple Scones for the Baking Challenged
This classic French dish sounds impressive. But if you can sear chicken and cook up some vegetables, you can make this easy coq au vin recipe, and offer a variation for cooking it in an Instant Pot. The name means simply, "chicken with wine," and in this version, I've removed … [Read more...] about Easy Coq au Vin [Chicken Cooked in Wine] with Instant Pot option
Do you want to start a podcast? The second I mentioned I was launching mine, my husband Mike immediately began to research audio equipment. In part, this was to be helpful, but it also provided an excuse to geek out on tech gear. He even asked Doug Berman, famed producer of NPR's … [Read more...] about Want to start a podcast? A guide to gear
I was inspired by The Kitchen Counter Cooking School, but I was wondering why you're so against iodized table salt? Also, why is there iodine in table salt. Is this a bad thing? I've heard that people need a certain amount of iodine and it's impossible to get otherwise. Is … [Read more...] about Why Is There Iodine in Table Salt and Is That a Bad Thing?
A couple of years ago, comedian John Oliver took to task the issue of food waste on an episode of This Week Tonight. It's a great primer on a serious problem. I find that my diligence on wasting food waned in the past year. At the start of the pandemic, I panic-shopped and … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Wasting Food