“Dorito” Popcorn Spice


We found this recipe a few years ago and I can not remember where.  It is a favorite topping for popcorn.  We often double or triple the batch so we have it on hand.

 

Chinese Five Spice

When we tried making some eggrolls, one of the recipes called for Chinese Five spice.  I did not have any and did not want to run to the store for a small amount.

While ground spices work for this recipe, using freshly ground is much better!

If you do not have many recipes that uses Chinese Five Spice, I read to try it in your favorite ginger or molasses cookie recipe.

Daddy’s Pasties

Pasties are popular in Calument where Daddy spent a lot of time growing up.  He said that Petila’s taxi in Calumet would often take his family to McLain park and then come back at a prearranged time to take them home. His grandmother made them also. There are many recipes for pasties, but all are similar.

Feel free to experiment with the basic recipe. We often make the pasties with cubed meat instead of ground.  Be careful not to overstuff the crust, it is much better to have leftover filling!

When serving, I like them best with a little extra butter. Some people serve them with gravy. My mom eats them with ketchup.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 4th is National chocolate chip cookie day.

For some reason, I did not bring a chocoate chip cookie recipe when we moved to Slovakia.  My friend, Joan Britton, gave me this recipe and told me the dough was really thick (her recipe called for one egg), but was the best recipe.  I could not find chocolate chips there, so I just cut up chocolate bars.

We took them to work to share and I often left out the chocolate for our friend who was allergic to it.  The cookies are still very good without it!

When we moved overseas again, the eggs were smaller and we discovered two eggs worked very well.  We also could not find brown sugar, so we started using molasses instead.  Even though we can get brown sugar here, we prefer being able to adjust the molasses to our own personal tastes.

Refreshing Mother Starter

Once sourdough is made, it needs to be fed occasionally.

You can find many good sourdough recipes to make if you were not given any from a friend.  I recommend the recipe from Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart.

Naan

Curry with naan is a favorite dinner.  While plain naan is good, garlic naan is even better!  I recommend doubling the recipe if you want more than one piece of naan.