My Grandma’s Brandy Apfelradln

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Some mornings my grandma would show up on her bike at my childhood home with a basket of these, still warm, covered in cinnamon and sugar. For breakfast. When she would watch us, my sister and I would ask if she could make them. "Grandma, can you make apple raddles? Please? We have apples!" And occasionally she would when everything fell into … more

The Pit Beef Comes to Us

get yer grill going

We try to maintain active social lives, and even though the O6 are a busy family, we usually are able to cram all of our family commitments in and still have time for the occasional show at First Ave. , movie with the gang, or random gathering at a local dining establishment.  This was not the case last week.  We were invited to a happy hour at The … more

The Monday Menu: October 26, 2009

kumquat surprise

Kumquat's face says it all. I managed to do it. We went to an apple orchard. We took pictures in the leaves later that day at the park. We painted pumpkins. Seasonal activities abound. I may not have cleaned my house this weekend, but I did get all of the grocery shopping done and found Kiwi a pair of basketball shoes for her first day … more

My Take on Homemade Candy Corn

rice crispy triangles

My kids have been complaining lately and with good reason. I have been procrastinating something fierce with moving into the fall season. It hasn't necessarily been intentional. No. It's just that there has been so much to do and juggle that things like seasonal baking have gotten pushed aside to make room for coordinating the book fair, … more

Brick Grilled Chicken with Scallion and Lime Butter

the reveal

Around our house, chicken rules. Beef is king, but due to the higher fat content, we try to limit our red meat intake. We eat plenty of fish, but with the cumulative toxins that can come with it, we hold off on going overboard. Sure, there's pork, but the only way Shaina is not a fan and will only occasionally allow it in some smoked varieties – … more

The Monday Menu: October 19, 2009

a leaf

Life has been rather hectic lately. I feel like I'm being pulled in 12 different directions, and unfortunately, none of them are the ones I'm interested in being pulled towards. I'm working towards planning a more toned-down week that focuses on things I am interested in: cooking, baking, keeping my house organized, participating in family … more

BBQ Ribs – Got a few hours?

peel

Summer is gone. The 42 degree motorcycle ride to work this morning made it official for me. It is October, over a month past Labor Day. This year was an especially good Labor Day. We hosted our first (annual according to the neighbors) Ribfest and it was a great success. The idea has been brewing for a while now. Every time we make real BBQ … more