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Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Kick

Butter. Chocolate. Chiles. A new food trinity! It’s found in spicy chocolate chip cookies (among other great dishes). Add the other basic ingredients and you can make all kinds of cookies: Chewy or crisp; thick or thin; bite-sized or humongous. A special treat in any case!

We’re also coming into Hatch chile season. Mild or hot, […]

Happy Birthday! The Oreo Cookie Turns 100

This may be old news to some of you, but I just ran across it: The Oreo cookie is now a hundred years old! Shoot, I barely remember the day it was first sold. (Memory’s hard to retain at my age.) I think I have some of the originals stashed around here, somewhere. Although I’ve […]

The End of Civilization: No More Twinkies??

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2012»

Imagine a world without Ho Hos. Ding Dongs. CupCakes, Donettes, all gone. No more Sno Balls, Suzy Q’s or Zingers. And most depressing, no Twinkies.

Pretty scary, isn’t it.

Well, it may happen. Hostess Brands, who makes all of those popular snacks and more, is filing for Chapter […]

Blackberry Grunt, the Dessert That Talks to You

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

Some desserts are as much fun to make as to eat. This is one of them:

Blackberry Grunt

According to Alton Brown, this old-timey dish got its name because of the noise the mixture makes as it cooks. Steam builds up in pockets in the dough, and […]

Pear Clafouti, the Tasty Dessert With the Funny Name

This entry is part of a series, RdJ Marathon»

In my mind, pears are an overlooked fruit option for many dishes. Pears aren’t available lots of places or a lot of the year, like apples and other hand fruit are these days. They are usually more expensive than other options, although the price per-item […]

Dinner Party Crepes, Brazilian Style (With Extras)

Some weeks ago we received a kind invitation from one of PJ’s coworkers, to dine in their home. Sadly, before we could get there I came down with the ‘flu and we had to beg off. I’m sure the thought of missing out on fine Brazilian cuisine prepared by a native slowed my recovery […]

Brain Food: Walnuts are Hard to Break Into, But Worth the Effort

This entry is part of a series, Brain Food»

Neil Sadaka was a man ahead of his time. He wrote and sang about walnuts in “Breaking In is Hard to Do.” However, by the time the song made the charts, they’d forced him to change the lyrics into some sappy love song. Nowadays, with […]

Too Tired to Cook, or Will These Boxes Never End?

This entry is part of a series, RdJ»

The house didn’t sell, Paula Jo got a new job nearby, and my job down south ended. Those three “strikes” indicated to us that maybe we didn’t need to move anywhere. There was just one teensy, tiny problem, hardly worth mentioning:

All our stuff was already moved. […]