Category Archives: Cooking


Mummy and Dad got me Baking Illustrated for Christmas this year. So far I made the granola, and the spiced biscotti recipes but Joe has been going butter/baking crazy. He’s made the yellow cake (aka cupcakes) and by far the BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever EVER tasted. I can’t stress this enough. If you can get your hands on a Baking Illustrated cookbook or the Cook’s Illustrated website subscription MAKE THESE COOKIES. As fast as you can!

I’m in Heaven and it’s called Bob’s Red Mill

I’ve been working at Twelve Mile Market since Christmas and I have yet to get myself down to Bob’s Red Mill in Clackamas. Sad, isn’t it? Yes, it is. For those of you who haven’t heard of Bob’s or have and just haven’t been to their store or purchased any of their products, listen up, I’m about to tell ya’ll about it. ‘Kay?

Bob’s Red Mill mainly produces grains but there are TONS of other products like beans and lentils and mixes to choose from. They have an impressive selection of gluten free and organic products in addition to their regular food stuffs. Mom and I walked in and my brain let out a little “Ooooohhhhh! Loook!” They have over 400 products and a very good bulk section, everything from muesli to chickpea flower. Mom and I had a very good breakfast there and spent about two hours wandering around collecting a mountain of stuff in the cart. We even got a pasta machine! Woot! I even found some unsweetened coconut (which I’ve had a really hard time finding).

bulk72Check out all the bulk grains we got! This cost about $20 and the pasta machine was only $30. Everything is really reasonably priced and it’s right down the road from our nearest Trader Joe’s, so anything we can’t get at Bob’s or Twelve Mile, we can get at Joe’s. Nice, huh? I would definitely recommend Bob’s 10 grain cereal and 5 grain rolled oats mixed together in hot cereal for breakfast the mornings.

Chocolate + Beer = CAKE!

I baked a cake for Tyler to take up to Mt. Hood tomorrow when he starts his ski camp. I’ve made this one three times now and it’s turned out delicious every time. You’ve gotta try it! I wrote about it the first time over on Cooking With Hanzipan and I got the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. There is beer and chocolate and a pinch of cinnamon to make it all tasty. What isn’t fabulous about that idea?! Nothin. Fo sho.


My Eggs are Bigger than Your Eggs

I always get a little thrill when I open an egg carton full of local eggs. There are so many shapes, sizes and colors that I’m half tempted to give them all names that suit their personalities. But I’m sure the chickens that laid them have their own names, maybe I should call the eggs by those names instead? I don’t know the chickens that laid these, but I feel like I do. There are two that are almost olive green and about 1/3 larger than their companions in there… and then there are the eggs with dark brown speckles 1/3 smaller than the other hen fruit. It’s so worth paying more for these hen fruits.


Bubbies and Ice Cream

prod_pure_kosher_dills_lgAmericans consume more than nine pounds of pickles per person annually.

I work at Twelve Mile Market about once a week and one of the perks of working at the natural food store is that I get paid in groceries. What do I get? Well my favorite things are Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Sandwiches and a close second are Bubbies. Bubbies are really REALLY tasty pickles soaked in brine. They’re crunchy with a spice whang at the end and something about the name “Bubbies” puts a little smile on my face when I head to the fridge to fish out that little green jar. Oh man… bubbies. Hey guys, you can get them at the Co-Op in Oly too….

“Bwwaaiiinssss”… Oh, Oops, I mean “Brrreeeaaaddddd…”

I don’t have class or work today so I thought I’d make a batch of bread. I know this isn’t the cooking blog but I’ve already talked about this recipe there so I thought I’d share with ya’ll over here. This has got to be my favorite bread recipe because I have yet to have a bummer batch. Maybe it’s because I’m a wonderful bread maker but I’m more inclined to believe that this is a fairly fool-proof recipe. Try it out. Be amazed. Etc.