Denver Chocolate Pudding

¾ c sugar 1 c flour 2 t baking powder ⅛ t salt 2 T butter 1 oz unsweetened chocolate or 3 T cocoa ½ c milk ½ t vanilla ½ c brown sugar ½ c white sugar 4 T cocoa 1½ c cold water Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together first four ingredients. Melt…

Our Morning Surprise at Granite Lake

August 2002 One morning at Granite Lake, Harris (age 1) had just awoken.  His doting mother was up, getting his breakfast bottle ready.  All of a sudden, Mumma heard “quack, quack” off in the distance and thought, “Here are the ducks for the first time on our vacation!” So she grabbed a piece of bread…

Buckeyes

4 c confectioners sugar 2 sticks butter, softened 1 18-oz jar peanut butter 3 c chocolate chips, melted small amount of paraffin Mix confectioners sugar, butter, and peanut butter in mixer.  Chill until firm.  Roll the mixture into balls, put on cookie sheet and chill or freeze til very firm. Mix chocolate chips and paraffin…

Slow Cooker Turkey Enchilada Quinoa Bake

1 lb ground turkey 1½ c uncooked quinoa 1 can (15 ounces) black beans 1 c frozen corn 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies ½ c salsa 1 t minced garlic ½ c onion ½ c sweet bell peppers 1 c water 1 can (19 ounces) red enchilada sauce* (See recipe below to make your own) 1 T chili powder 1 t…

An Observation

When we first married, starting our family, we bought a crèche from Woolworth’s — a basic set with the family and a crude stable. For ten or so years after, we could buy individual figures to add — more shepherds, camels, sheep, dogs, the three wise men, angels, and so forth. There were many choices, many displays…

A Butler Thanksgiving

I finally do have to tell one food story about my own family, the Butlers. My mom was a practical, hearty, and delicious home cookin’ cook, and over Thanksgiving when I was in high school, we would have as many as 20 friends staying over for the last weekend of deer season in Vermont. All…

Part III: Culmination and the Cultivated Gourmet

One eventually cultivates taste. Through personal experience and knowledge well-worn, passed down from those who came before, one accumulates a lexicon of culinary standard. Blushing Bunny, Hong Kong Pork Chops, Yo’s Salad, Nana’s Meatloaf, Mimi’s Potato Salad, Hungarian Rolls, Jeff’s Baked Beans and Peaches. This is the delicate language of the gourmet. Food is not…

LLF Tries Italian!

In the mid-1940’s, during high school days, brothers Len and Rich happened to be attending Keene High at the same time, Len in his senior year, and Rich in his freshman year. Back then, life at home was slow and quiet; no TV’s, with radio usually in the evening only. Afternoons at 101 Court Street…

A Family Introduction

Well, this is aimed at new members to the Farina circle. I remember when I first went to Christmas cum Thanksgiving cum Easter cum Big Birthday dinner at Connie’s. The discussion for days…nay, weeks…ahead was of the meal and variations on what it would be and how it would taste if this or that was…