Apple Pie

Once the definitive American dessert, and still a classic for the fresh flavorful apples of autumn, take your pie to the next level by using my Apple Pie Spice for rich warm flavor and aroma.  A wonderful treat any time of year, and easy to make!

Pumpkin Pie

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A staple of autumn, rich earthy and aromatic, and a treat before during or after the holidays… and it’s easy to make with fragrant and warm Pumpkin Pie Spice – hope you enjoy!

Pickles

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Ah, pickles… the quintessential sour-savory treat, a topping for burgers and sandwiches, a side, a snack… a way of life.  And so easy to make!

Strange Chicken

The name for this dish is a terrible pun derived from the French poulet étrangère, meaning “foreign chicken” – it is a combination of flavors from several disparate cuisines, including French, Caribbean, and southeast Asian elements.  A lively combination of savory, sweet, and spicy flavors, for a little somethin’ different.

Agua di Jamaica (Iced Hibiscus)

Hibiscus

Enjoyed around the world, this wonderful hot-weather beverage is also known as karkadé or sorrel, among other names.  This is one of the best summertime drinks ever – tart, refreshing, energizing, and some claim that it helps the body deal with heat and humidity more efficiently. Very tart, very fruity, full of vitamins – caffeine-free but still quite invigorating.

NOTE: Hibiscus is powerfully colored and can stain cloth, metal, or plastic. Therefore…

  • when cooking, wear an apron, or clothes you don’t care very much about
  • use metal pots
  • use glass jugs or bottles
  • be seriously careful about not spilling your drink

Tools

  • one very large pot, with a cover, for boiling 3 quarts of water
  • another large pot, big enough to hold 2 quarts of tea
  • a good large wooden spoon, or similar tool, for stirring the large pot
  • a large strainer or fine colander – we’ll use this once to rinse the hibiscus, and again to strain the tisane, so the finer the mesh, the better