home remedies & recipes: coconut lemon macaroon & how to clean your wooden cutting board

Home remedies are sometimes the most efficient and the cheaper. We all know the amazing powers of the lemon. Try using a little lemon juice to combat bacteria hiding in your wood cutting board. Simply rub the lemon juice into the board, let it sit overnight or for 8 hours and then rinse. The acidic lemon juice will kill off unwanted bacteria. News We were nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for nominating us Kitchen Memories! Lemon Coconut Macaroons Adapted from Paula Deen on the Food Network Ingredients 1 large egg white 1/8 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 (14-ounce) bag shredded sweetened coconut, finely chopped Note: (we added an egg yolk and 1/4th cup of Almond Flour) Directions Preheat the oven to 300 degree F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In... Read the Rest →

 

easy desserts & recipes: cream filled chocolate & orange shortbread cookies

It was 1977 and I was 9 years old when my sister took me to the theater and I saw the most amazing special effects movie of my life. I never cared for sci-fi movies as a child because, oddly enough, I found them unrealistic. (Funny, though, I did like the Jetsons, the cartoon about a futuristic family.) I grew up watching the classics from the 1940’s and 1950’s. And, after seeing every action/sci-fi movie ever made (you do that when you have two boys) I still prefer the classics. But, I will always have a fondness for Star Wars. George Lucas’ science fiction extravaganza opened up my eyes to a level of imagination I never considered and the story seemed completely plausible to my 9 year old logic. A whole generation of Star Wars fans was born on May 25, 1977 when the blockbuster movie opened for the first... Read the Rest →

 

a place setting in time: shortbread pinwheel cookies (the loch ness monster)

The Loch Ness Monster, commonly referred to as Nessie is well known throughout the world. The legend of Nessie’s existence dates back almost 1500 years ago. But, it is on May 2, 1933 that the legend takes on a life of its own. A sighting is reported by a local Scottish Highland couple. The story, reported in the Inverness Courier, is picked up by London papers and, as we say today, it went viral. Those who study the history of the Loch Ness Monster find many references to Nessie that date back to 500 AD. Stones in the area of Loch Ness, the largest body of fresh water in Great Britain, reveal carvings, possibly made by the Picts, of a strange water beast. In the 7th century a note made regarding Nessie can be found in the biography of Saint Columba, who saved a man who was about to be... Read the Rest →

 

easy desserts & recipes: snickerdoodles

I was initially going to write a post about the etymology of the word “cookie” and the history of cookies. With the amount of information available I decided to save that for another post (or two). What I’d like to talk about is more specific and it includes the snickerdoodle cookie and an ingredient used in the cookie: cream of tartar. First, a little history about the snickerdoodle is in order. According to The Food Timeline, an excellent resource, the snickerdoodle’s history is not particularly clear as there is little physical evidence through primary sources that would prove much about the cookie’s history. “Food historians tell us the history of small cakes/cookies/biscuits with snickerdoodle-type ingredients dates back to ancient Roman times. Small cakes of this sort were quite popular in Medieval Europe. In Medieval and Renaissance England, similar cookies were called jumbles. Germans often added more spices and dried fruits,... Read the Rest →

 

easy desserts & recipes: snickerdoodles

I was initially going to write a post about the etymology of the word “cookie” and the history of cookies. With the amount of information available I decided to save that for another post (or two). What I’d like to talk about is more specific and it includes the snickerdoodle cookie and an ingredient used in the cookie: cream of tartar. First, a little history about the snickerdoodle is in order. According to The Food Timeline, an excellent resource, the snickerdoodle’s history is not particularly clear as there is little physical evidence through primary sources that would prove much about the cookie’s history. “Food historians tell us the history of small cakes/cookies/biscuits with snickerdoodle-type ingredients dates back to ancient Roman times. Small cakes of this sort were quite popular in Medieval Europe. In Medieval and Renaissance England, similar cookies were called jumbles. Germans often added more spices and dried fruits,... Read the Rest →

 

easy desserts & recipes: new york times chocolate chip cookies (what cookie are you)?

Finding the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe can be akin to finding the Holy Grail. Once you find it, you will have eternal life, well… in the case of the best chocolate chip recipe, let’s just say you will attain eternal bliss. It takes time, a lot of patience, a whole lot more of trial and error, and maybe a pound or two in the weighing scale to reach perfection. I’ve been hearing a lot about the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that was initially published in July of 2008 and was adapted from the recipe of Jacques Torres. I decided to give the recipe a try last December since chocolate chip cookies are always a must during the holidays but it’s a type of treat that you can enjoy whatever time of the year. For instance, Easter is coming up pretty soon. Chocolate chip cookies would be... Read the Rest →

 

easy desserts & recipes: new york times chocolate chip cookies (what cookie are you)?

Finding the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe can be akin to finding the Holy Grail. Once you find it, you will have eternal life, well… in the case of the best chocolate chip recipe, let’s just say you will attain eternal bliss. It takes time, a lot of patience, a whole lot more of trial and error, and maybe a pound or two in the weighing scale to reach perfection. I’ve been hearing a lot about the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that was initially published in July of 2008 and was adapted from the recipe of Jacques Torres. I decided to give the recipe a try last December since chocolate chip cookies are always a must during the holidays but it’s a type of treat that you can enjoy whatever time of the year. For instance, Easter is coming up pretty soon. Chocolate chip cookies would be... Read the Rest →

 

holidays & recipes: celebrating purim hamanstaschen (spice and spirit by esther blau)

Purim and Passover are my two favorite holidays. The celebration is joyous and there is a lot of good food. Purim is the Jewish form of Carnival or Mardi Gras if you will. There is just riotous fun to be had; costumes, bright colors, Purim spiel, eating and drinking. But, before we get too involved in the fun we read and learn. {Video Below} One year a Rabbi was talking about Jewish holidays and food. She said, “Most of the holidays [Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover] are celebrations of survival. They tried to kill us; we survived; now let’s eat.” While the Rabbi was joking, she really was telling a basic truth about the commonalities of these holidays. However, each holiday has a unique and beautiful story to tell about the spirit of survival and the strength of faith. The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in... Read the Rest →

 

holidays & recipes: purim hamanstaschen

1Purim and Passover are my two favorite holidays. The celebration is joyous and there is a lot of good food. Purim is the Jewish form of Carnival or Mardi Gras if you will. There is just riotous fun to be had; costumes, bright colors, Purim spiel, eating and drinking. But, before we get too involved in the fun we read and learn. {Video Below} One year a Rabbi was talking about Jewish holidays and food. She said, “Most of the holidays [Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover] are celebrations of survival. They tried to kill us; we survived; now let’s eat.” While the Rabbi was joking, she really was telling a basic truth about the commonalities of these holidays. However, each holiday has a unique and beautiful story to tell about the spirit of survival and the strength of faith. The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in... Read the Rest →

 

holidays & recipes: celebrating purim hamanstaschen (spice and spirit by esther blau)

Purim and Passover are my two favorite holidays. The celebration is joyous and there is a lot of good food. Purim is the Jewish form of Carnival or Mardi Gras if you will. There is just riotous fun to be had; costumes, bright colors, Purim spiel, eating and drinking. But, before we get too involved in the fun we read and learn. {Video Below} One year a Rabbi was talking about Jewish holidays and food. She said, “Most of the holidays [Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover] are celebrations of survival. They tried to kill us; we survived; now let’s eat.” While the Rabbi was joking, she really was telling a basic truth about the commonalities of these holidays. However, each holiday has a unique and beautiful story to tell about the spirit of survival and the strength of faith. The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in... Read the Rest →

 

holidays & recipes: celebrating purim hamanstaschen (spice and spirit by esther blau)

Purim and Passover are my two favorite holidays. The celebration is joyous and there is a lot of good food. Purim is the Jewish form of Carnival or Mardi Gras if you will. There is just riotous fun to be had; costumes, bright colors, Purim spiel, eating and drinking. But, before we get too involved in the fun we read and learn. {Video Below} One year a Rabbi was talking about Jewish holidays and food. She said, “Most of the holidays [Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover] are celebrations of survival. They tried to kill us; we survived; now let’s eat.” While the Rabbi was joking, she really was telling a basic truth about the commonalities of these holidays. However, each holiday has a unique and beautiful story to tell about the spirit of survival and the strength of faith. The festival of Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in... Read the Rest →

 

easy desserts & recipes: new york times chocolate chip cookies with nuts

Finding the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe can be akin to finding the Holy Grail. Once you find it, you will have eternal life, well… in the case of the best chocolate chip recipe, let’s just say you will attain eternal bliss. It takes time, a lot of patience, a whole lot more of trial and error, and maybe a pound or two in the weighing scale to reach perfection. I’ve been hearing a lot about the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that was initially published in July of 2008 and was adapted from the recipe of Jacques Torres. I decided to give the recipe a try last month since chocolate chip cookies are always a must during the holidays. This is no ordinary recipe. To achieve absolute perfection, you must strictly adhere to the Cookie Commandments. 1. Mix the ingredients with absolute precision. 2. Wait the prescribed... Read the Rest →

 

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