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Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #70: Quiche, It’s What’s for Dinner (#homecooking #piecrust #quiche)

So, I made lemon meringue pie for my little brother’s birthday last week, and the curd came out really supercalifragilisticexpialidociously good (I used Meyer lemons), but the crust was…stupid. I … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · 3 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #69: Homemade Hamburger Buns (#homecooking #DIY #bread))

  Hey, all! It’s been a while, but I had to carve out some time to share the amazing hamburger buns I made the other day. I’ve been making sandwich … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #68: Glorious Sandwich Bread in Three Hours (#homecooking)

Today would be a good time to find your stretchy pants. I have been making a wonderful white sandwich bread lately because bread has gotten expensive.  In the past I … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #67: New England Anadama Bread (#homecooking)

If you haven’t had Anadama Bread (a cornmeal and molasses bread), you might be surprised at how chewy and moist it is.  The molasses flavor is present, but not overpowering. … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #66: Cape Verdean Gufong (Cornmeal Fungine/Fritter/Doughnut/Hushpuppy) (#homecooking)

From time to time, I would get to eat someone else’s gufong or from a restaurant.  They were very different and now I understand why!   Cornmeal.  My grandmother’s recipe does … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #65: Cape Verdean Munchpa/Cachupa Round 2 (#homecooking)

A while ago I said I would update my adventures in munchupa when I could find all the ingredients. Well, I’ve done it. It wasn’t easy. I had to go … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #64: Ma’s Cape Verdean Banana Gufong (Fungine/Fritter/Doughnuts) (#homecooking)

As I promised in a previous post, I have for you another Cape Verdean favorite.   I have made these in the past and failed miserably, however, I am older and … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #63: Plantain Chips (#homecooking)

So, you failed with a plantain experiment and you have one left.  What do you do?  You make plantain chips! Step 1:  Heat oil to frying temperature (I eyeballed it … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #62: Plantain Porridge Fail becomes Gufong Malasadas Mashup (#homecooking #itstilltastesgood)

No recipe to share today, but more of a lesson to turn failures into a success. Sometimes when you try something new, it doesn’t pan out.    In my case, I … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #61: Savory Cream of Wheat Chicken Soup — Farina Soup (#homecooking)

I know what you are thinking.  Cream of Wheat again?  What gives? I’ll be straight with you.  My jeans and my caboose have been battling for a while, and I … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #60: American Chop Suey Spaghetti (#homecooking)

Did I ever tell you all that the other day I suddenly realized why so many of my Grandmother’s recipes have ketchup? It was a “duh” moment.  The depression!   Ketchup … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #59: Cinnabon Cream of Wheat (#homecooking)

  I know cream of wheat can be very bland, but with the right ingredients (sweet or savory) it can be delicious.  My grandfather preferred it plain with Nuform skim … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #58: New England Boston Brown Bread (#homecooking)

Hello, readers! I know that it’s been slow lately and I haven’t written a thing in ages.  Why? It’s summer and school is out.  Two kids, two cats, and a … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #57: Braised Beef and Vegetables (#homecooking)

Our house is still besieged by a viral plague and I have been hit the hardest multiple times with no relief between attacks.     The laundry is piling up, the pockets … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #56: Cape Verdean Munchupa/Cachupa (#homecooking)

I promised a while back that I would share the recipe for munchupa the national dish of Cabo Verde (I always say mun-CHOOP — but language is funny like that).    … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Diary of an Inconsistent Cook #55: Ma’s Spaghetti in the Oven — Baked Spaghetti (#homecooking)

I know there have been a lot of food posts lately.  The thing is that I’m sick as a dog with a weird virus and I haven’t the energy for … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 6 Comments

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