Sugarfree Apple Butter (in the crockpot)

by Heather Harris Brady My Aunt Blanche (actually my grandmother’s cousin but that’s neither here nor there) was in her mid-90’s when she passed away earlier this year. She was a small bubbly woman who married a tall quiet man from North Carolina. Whenever they would come for summer visits she was like the Energizer…

Baked Manicotti/World’s Easiest Marinara

by Heather Harris-Brady There were quite a few new baking likes this morning so I hope that you are all having a lovely time baking your way into spring! I apologize for the single post this week, I’ve got some lingering cold that I’m trying to fight off. Speaking of cold, if it’s still chilly…

Creamy Tomato Sauce

by Heather Harris Brady There are lots of creamy tomato pasta sauces on menus out there, but it’s super-easy to make your own, requiring little more than a can of well-balanced tomatoes. I’m using San Marzano tomatoes here, but if you are loyal to another brand or type that’s between you and your saucepan. There’s…

Vanilla Sauce

by Heather Harris Brady I’m not gonna lie. I made this dessert entirely for the sauce, and because it would fabulous on the gingerbread from the last post, I’m posting the recipe for the sauce first. You might want to skip the frosting if you use the sauce, but hey, what you do in the…

Asian Sliders with Steamed Buns, Part II

by Heather Harris Brady Okay, so during the previous post we went over making steamed buns – today we’ll get to the filling. I used ground pork so I could get more of a patty but you could use ground chicken, ground beef or a slice of extra firm tofu – whatever suits your fancy….

Smoked Chicken Alfredo

by Heather Harris Brady Now moving on to the entree portion of the Italian menu I’m doing this week. I created this dish to showcase some lovely smoked chicken my father-in-law gave us. You could sub in a variety of smoked meats in place of the chicken, but the smokiness is nice with the rich,…

Butternut BBQ Sauce (Low Sugar) ala Watson

by Heather Harris Brady For the past few months I’ve been reading about Watson’s new vocation. The Jeopardy-playing IBM computer with no tastebuds has taken up cooking. I know. Not only cooking, but apparently Watson has created an incredible, low-sugar, barbeque sauce based on wine and squash available for purchase. When I got over my…

Cheddar Ale Sauce

by Heather Harris Brady If you’re not blessed with hours to spend in the kitchen today you can still throw together a nice little St. Patrick’s Day dinner with this sauce and a quick stop at a deli. It’s great on its own with grilled bread for dipping, on sandwiches or a baked potato for…

Homemade Ramen

by Heather Harris Brady Somehow Chinese New Year slipped by me this winter (I was probably tunneling out from under the snow at the time), and I can’t let it go overlooked because Asian food is one of the major loves of my life. It’s pretty hard to come by in these parts, so a…

Cheesecake Ice Cream with Cherries Jubilee

by Heather Harris-Brady Besides the tart cherry crop coming in, signs are up all over the area for fresh sweet black cherries. So I was thinking about ways to use them when I got a yen for cheesecake. But it was too hot for a dessert that heavy (and I had just splurged on an…

Midsummer Night’s Dinner: Mustard Roasted Potatoes and Strawberry Salad

by Heather Harris Brady I did break down and turn the oven on for these potatoes because they are one of my husband’s favorites. They’re based on a recipe from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook, so they’re super easy and delicious. Mustard Roasted Potatoes, Serves Four Four medium Russet potatoes One medium onion 1/2…

Champagne Sabayon

by Heather Harris-Brady A midweek Valentine’s Day is always kind of a bummer. If Aphrodite spent all day in the middle management ring of Hades even she would be looking for some shortcuts. Luckily, I have one for you: champagne sabayon. Just have your honey bring home dinner. You can still have an elegant –…