Recipes

Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

I don’t like cinnamon.   But I like Snickerdoodle cookies.  Somehow, they aren’t very cinnamony even though the cookies are rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mixture before baking.  I tweaked a good recipe for them after we broke down and bought some frozen dough from the Girl Scout on our street who needed to […]

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Recipes

Roast Chicken

Raise your hand if you like dry chicken.  Thought not.   My multi-year quest for moist oven-roasted chicken has been realized  over several attempts in a row. To do this, I did not climb any mountains, fight a lion or find a sword in a lake. Unfortunately.   Still, I  present you with The Grail. […]

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Food

The Misfit

I went on a top secret Valentine’s gift mission to Santa Monica a couple days ago.   Yes, we have a splendid fancy mall here, and a couple of indy type shops where you can get odd gifts.  There is even an elderly engraver along the main drag,  85 if he is a day, in […]

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Daily Living

Muffins With Moms

My Scottish grandmother was a terrific baker.  The Waterloo for most home bakers is pie crust.  Snap.  How about nice crumbly scones?  Double snap. I can make those both very well, thanks to her.   Having left school at 14 (typical then), and with no desire to work in a factory (horrible work), a shop […]

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Recipes

House Salad Dressing at Chez Romano

About 100 years ago in the 1980’s, I watched some British gadabout on PBS doing a really awesome canal trip in France. He was a movie producer of note (no, I can’t remember his name) and made a point of stopping to buy wine like every 1/4 mile. Good for him.    He also ate […]

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