Indian Style (sort of) Cranberry Pickle

Indian style pickle (achar) has little in common with pickles found in American supermarkets and pantries. Indian pickle is a pungently seasoned condiment preserved with salt and oil. It is, essentially, a product of fermentation, with salt permitting desirable bacteria to thrive while preventing the growth of harmful bacteria. Oil provides the anaerobic environment necessary … More Indian Style (sort of) Cranberry Pickle

Mixed Herb Sauce

Recent rains have the herbs in the garden looking pretty good right now. Some of them will die back when the really cold weather gets here but others, like parsley, flourish in winter. While there are still so many choices I decided to put together an herb sauce. I picked a bunch of parsley, some … More Mixed Herb Sauce

Fruitless Fruitcake

This post should come with a slew of warning labels, disclaimers, full disclosures, user agreements and paragraphs of legalese in fine print. A user agreement would require that any and all information related herein, good or bad, be disregarded and be considered useless if not dangerous and should not be tried at home. I have … More Fruitless Fruitcake

Meal For One

After 43 years of marriage and not even a week after my 66th birthday my wife left me… alone… again. This is not the first time. It happens every year about this time. Faye goes to Arizona for the annual get-together with her Canadian sisters. Meanwhile, until she returns, I am left on my own … More Meal For One