Tag Archive: cooking

Extolling Extracts

In my cooking of late, I have been using extracts to add a little extra oomph to drinks, desserts, and confections. One of my favorites is coconut extract (especially in summer). I recently… Continue reading

Not Quite a BLT: The BA Sandwich

Mmm, do I love bacon.  Since I had a few slices to use up this evening, I decided to make my own version of a bacon sandwich. I didn’t have any tomatoes on… Continue reading

The Power of Mint

This week, I was fortunate enough to spend a little time pampering myself.  Each of us certainly need to do that once in a while.  For me, the pampering was an eye rejuvenation… Continue reading

My First Strata: An Introduction

Tomorrow I hope to be enjoying a new dish for brunch: strata. As the title of my post suggests, this is my first time making strata, which seems similar to a savory bread… Continue reading

Why is Cooking Intimidating?

This week, I have been exploring some culinary topics, in large part, because I have been reading so many books centered on cooking lately. Several of the books that I have read purport… Continue reading

What Does It Mean to Be a “Foodie?”

If someone were to ask me if I consider myself a “foodie” I would probably say yes.  But what does it mean to be a “foodie?” I’ve never attended a food festival, a… Continue reading

Spanish Supper Fail

It has been stated that people learn more from their failures than their successes.  I believe this is true, but I wish (in the case of food), that learning didn’t involve such a… Continue reading

300+ Posts and Counting

I can’t believe I’ve made it to over 300 posts. That is at least one post a day since I began blogging in May of 2011. I guess I am nearing the home… Continue reading

Madame Verte’s Entertaining Essentials

I thoroughly enjoy entertaining and there are certainly items I can’t live without. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but these are items I think every host or hostess should… Continue reading

Baklava Bites

I wrote earlier this week about making baklava bites for a recipe swap today, and they turned out so cute… I had to take a few pictures.  They really do taste as good… Continue reading

Look What I Bought!

I am going to a recipe swap this weekend with some other gals and I’m planning to bring one of my favorite entertaining recipes.  Alas, it’s not mine, but it is by someone… Continue reading

Quick Tip: Storing Kitchen Towels Within Reach

When I’m in the kitchen whipping up a dessert or a tasty supper, I like to keep a few soft, kitchen towels close for spills or wiping my hands. I learned this storage… Continue reading

Full and Happy

I have had the good fortune of spending two consecutive evenings with one of my favorite couples. Friday evening, we met up for a leisurely dinner that lasted until about 10:30 p.m., and… Continue reading

Great Kitchen Tools: Hand-Held Mandoline

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m really into kitchen gadgets. Not necessarily the counter-hogging mini appliances, but the hand tools, like the pastry scraper and the spider skimmer. One of the… Continue reading

Bananas Foster Cheesecake!

For some reason, it has been several days since I actually cooked anything for this blog.  I usually find cooking relaxing, but not lately!  I have been so busy that I seem to… Continue reading

Decadent “Lobster” Mac with Dutch Gouda

Yesterday, I blogged about trying Dutch Gouda cheese and how creamy and wonderful it tastes, so I thought, what is the best thing to make with melted cheese?  Well, macaroni and cheese, of… Continue reading