Beans and Rice

Look no further for a tasty, inexpensive, nutritious, easy-to-make meal than Beans and Rice. So — does this qualify as a recipe?  Sort of.  Think of it as an outline for the ultimate frugal meal – a delicious time-tested combo of creamy pinto beans with nutty brown rice, with a few toppings for flavor and…

Barbie Cake: Project Runway

This year’s birthday cake of choice for my daughter was another Barbie Cake.  She’s going off to Parsons in the Fall, so I was challenged to make a Project Runway cake. I didn’t feel like I had what it took to do that, so delayed my start – procrastination coupled with fear.   The cake was…

Mermaid Popcorn

This is a riff on a familiar treat – popcorn.  It’s a crunchy, umami-laced snack that any mermaid would love. The addition of the common Japanese seasoning furikake makes gives it a great taste.  I find that grinding the furikake using a mortar and pestle helps to evenly distribute the flavor onto the popcorn.  You…

Hot Milk Sponge Cake

Here’s a  light, tasty, easy-to-make sponge cake.  It stays moist and fluffy for a couple days, and the texture is perfect.  Top it with some vanilla frosting or whipped cream and strawberries & bananas and you have a solid gold dessert. The 1950 Betty Crocker Picture Cook Book is my go-to recipe source for basic…