Category: Food & Drink

December 23rd, 2016 by willow

Below is a recipe for eggnog that is a combination of several recipes I have gathered throughout the years and that I have refined to perfection. Please note the  last step before serving under the directions. It’s what it makes it the best.

Approximate conversions

1 quart = 1 liter

1 cup = 250 ml


12 eggs

11/2 cups sugar

1 quart whole milk

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

3 cups of bourbon

1/2 cup of dark rum

2 cups of cognac




Beat egg yolks

Add sugar, milk and heavy cream

Add the “booze”

Beat the egg whites

Fold in the egg whites

Leave it to stand so that your

partner can empty the rest of the

booze into eggnog

Serve with freshly grated nutmeg


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October 17th, 2015 by willow

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March 7th, 2013 by willow

So now that I have a real oven again, I’ve been experimenting deserts from my childhood. I started out with brownies which came out very well. I’v never abandoned chococolate chip cookies, so haven’t tried those yet. So the next on the list was Angel Food Cake.

I have sweet memories of my mom’s angel food cake that was so huge & fluffy and to die for with stawberries. So I decided it should be the one to try. Alas, without  cream of tartar and not a real angel food cake pan the first result was disasterous. I had used a regular bunt pan and substituted the cream of tartar with lemon juice (as per my research on the internets) because I was convinced it still could not be found in Italy.

Then a collegue of mine pointed out that you can find cream of tarter in the supermarket, you just need to know what you’re looking for: Cremor Tartaro. I also bought a real AFC pan off Ebay, created my own cake flour with flour and maizena and voilà. The result was not as huge as I remembered but the taste is right and it sort of looks right, too 🙂

Next cake on the list: pineapple upside down cake. Stay tuned 🙂

Recipe used for this Angel Food Cake:

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October 21st, 2012 by willow

I’ve had a waffle iron for years and once in a while I would try making waffles. But they never came out well. Yesterday we were cleaning out the rec room and I came across the waffle iron again. I decided to throw it out. But my husband, who is a near horder, went through the trash bag and said I should give it one more last try. So I did, but not before doing thorough research. And, believe it or not, they came out almost perfect!! Meaning perfect enough not to throw the iron out.

I want to share the two links that made my almost perfect waffles:

1) Recipe at (my favorite recipe site)

2) Instructions at – they also have a recipe but I used the one above.

As always, I did not add the vanilla extract (for the simple reason that I don’t have it and also because I think it tastes better without).

Just so you know!


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October 14th, 2012 by willow

My kids say this was my best banana bread ever, so I decided to share a picture and the recipe.
The recipe is from the New Fannie Farmer Boston coooking-School Cook Book (1951 edition), though here it’s called Banana Cake

1/2 cup butter (I use sunflower seed oil)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 banana mashed
2 cups of pastry or cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of milk.

Cream butter; add sugar gradually. Add eggs and beat thoroughly. Add mashed banana. Sift dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk.
Bake at 350°, 20 to 30 minutes,

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