Rolled Sugar Cookies

I am going to be completely honest, I hate sugar cookies.  I enjoy eating good sugar cookies, but I hate making the damn things.  These things were just a mystery to me with the mixing, chilling, rolling, getting them cut without sticking to the counter.  Let’s not even get into the baking with the spreading…

Crushed Garlic Paste

Is there anything better than garlic in cooking?  Well, I guess butter.  So…. next to butter is there anything better?  Did someone say alcohol?  Oh my gawd, making this hard tonight. Okay, okay. Next to those other two things, is there really anything better than garlic?  You better be thinking “No!” just this once.  Now…

Once in a Blue Moon Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes don’t have to be basic. Creamy pale classic is good.  However, sometimes different is good. The first time I saw blue potatoes, I had a real “What the hell?”  I bought a few out of curiosity and cooked them up for dinner like any other potato.  I found, other than the coloring, they tasted…

Honey Garlic Green Beans

Green beans don’t have to be blah.  Mr. Stacy is not a fan of green beans.  If given a choice, he’ll go without vegetables, which is saying something from someone who still loves vegetarian cuisine from time to time.  However, when made with right amount of tang and flare, it meets with the approval of…

The Gourmet Ingredient Gallop

Today the weather was the warmest it’s been all week.  In honor of our second week as a blog we went on a gourmet ingredient tour of Bozeman.  (I do say we because my husband, while not an author, does quite a bit to help me out.)  A good time was had by all and…

Streusel Pumpkin Pie

So, it was this last summer when my husband and I had our 10th wedding anniversary.  We like to keep things simple, oh so simple.  Simple like pie simple.  While I can fawn over about any sweet treat, my husband is a different story.  He prefers goodies that aren’t too sweet, but are quite tasty. …

Smoked Paprika Bird

I thought to break up all this pumpkin madness, I would give everyone the bird.  Yes, that’s right, one plump and well seasoned yard bird. I frequently see people at the market looking at the whole birds and then grab up just the parts, like boneless and skinless breasts and thighs.  Now, there is nothing…

Pumpkin Preppin’ 101

Every year the produce section of the local markets are flooded with these glorious orange globes of squash goodness.  Native to North America, it been used as a food product for a longer time than the past few hundred years where they seem to end up in a pie more often than not.  As a…

Browned Butter

One of the easiest things to do with butter, aside from buying it, and also a frequently overlooked cooking method by the home cook, is browning it.  It goes by a few names, clarified butter, ghee and it’s all one thing…. butter. It’s nothing more than the caramelizing of those milk solids into little flecks…