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Baby's Homemade Teething Biscuits

I have a 10 month old, so there is a lot of drool in my life right now.  Between being a hardcore thumb sucker and growing teeth, little guy's face is pretty much always covered in fluid.  (Oh  yeah, we have colds too, bonus!)

Except for the single grain baby cereals we purchase, I've been in the habit of making everything my son eats.  Armed with a blender and immersion blender, plus some baby food trays, making purees is a snap.  More on some of my favorite blends at another time, perhaps.  Point being, I love knowing exactly what he's eating and find it rewarding to make things he enjoys.  I had noticed a recipe for teething biscuits in The Fannie Farmer Baking Book by Marion Cunningham (a treasure of a cookbook, if you can find a copy) and thought they might be the perfect treat for my little droolster. The slightly sweet and nutty whole wheat dough made some yummy treats indeed. 

Teething Biscuits for Baby

1 egg1 T. honey (for babies under 1 year, substitut…

Scones for a Saturday

In writing this post I headed over to to grab the recipe for these scones.  I was excited to find that these are actually the "Recipe of the Day" today, and that my photo is the one to accompany it!  Fun!

I love these scones and have made them on several occasions.  Any time I can get away with eating chocolate for breakfast, I do. And these are quick to disappear from any brunch table.  Good ol' Grandma Johnson never lets me down.

Grandma Johnson's Scones
Ingredients 1 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 1 egg 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips Directions In a small bowl, blend the sour cream and baking soda, and set…

Dhal, Naan, and Same Ka Bhaji

We always feel that Indian food is a delightful break from any kind of meatloaf-macaroni and cheese-spaghetti-pizza rut we may find ourselves in.  Aromatic, richly colored, complex flavors...what's not to love?  My husband is always happy to discover the kitchen smelling of Indian food when he arrives home from work.

Dhal, or lentil puree, is a wonderful meatless dish that satisfies.  Naan is a barely sweet leavened bread made with yogurt, and I can't do better than to point you at this recipe for it, from Madhur Jaffrey.  Same ka bhaji, or spicy fried beans, are a quick and versatile side dish that I wouldn't hesitate to pair with other main dishes, American or Indian.

Both of these following recipes come from The Complete Asian Cookbook, an indispensible tome by Charmaine Solomon. 

Dhal (serves 4-6)

250g (8oz) red lentils1 1/2 T. ghee or oil1 large onion, finely sliced2 cloves garlic, minced1 tsp. minced fresh ginger1/2 tsp. ground turmeric3 cups hot water1 t…

Garlic Breadsticks

Love bread?  Love garlic? Oh good, me too.  I think we'll get along fine.

As far as I'm concerned, these breadsticks should be able to save you from ever having to step foot in a particular "Italian" chain restaurant again. You can even offer to grate fresh Parmesan for your family members if you want to kick up the illusion. :)

I love that there is just one rising step in this recipe, making these speedy to whip up before dinner.  

Soft Breadsticks with Garlic Butter  (adapted from this recipe)

1 1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees F)2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons honey2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 package)3 cups bread flour1 teaspoon basil1 teaspoon salt3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons butter, melted2 teaspoons garlic powder
In large mixing bowl, add water, oil, honey, and yeast; mix to combine and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes or until yeast starts to foam. Add flour, basil and salt.Using the dough ho…

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin in Wine & Butter Sauce

Pork was something I typically avoided cooking. I'm terrible with timing things, and was always afraid of serving some dried up piece of leather for dinner. When I stumbled upon this pork recipe on Food Network, the rub seasonings seemed too good to miss. I picked up a club pack of pork tenderloins at $2.99/lb., and this recipe has been in regular rotation ever since. The sauce is can't go wrong with butter & wine.  The sound and smell that follows throwing some wine into a pan is one of my favorite cooking experiences.  The meat has always turned out juicy, flavorful, and delicious. Just have a meat thermometer on hand to check for doneness. We typically enjoy this with roasted rosemary potatoes and a salad or green vegetable, but it would also be good with rice or couscous.

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin in Wine & Butter Sauce (adapted from Food Network)
Ingredients 1 tsp. garlic powder1 tsp.  dried oregano1 tsp.  ground cumin1 tsp.  ground coriand…


It's Valentine's Day.  Feelings about that seem to vary widely, but can we all agree that it's an excellent excuse to eat chocolate? 

Truffles.  They look gourmet, but are easy to make and melt in your mouth. And they are just. so. pretty.  If you'd like to make them for someone you love today (and if that person is you, well, I won't judge), read on...

For the ganache centers:


1 cup heavy whipping cream 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate (or a mixture of semi-sweet and bittersweet)Directions
Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place it in a large stainless steel bowl. In a large, high sided saucepan, heat cream over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until it starts to boil. At this point, the cream will want to boil over, so keep an eye on it! Immediately remove from heat and pour over chopped chocolate. Stir …

Working it Out

I know basically nothing about rap, except that most of it glorifies man and the pleasures of the flesh rather than God and the joy of faith in Christ .  A few years back I was impressed by two artists doing it differently: Curtis Allen aka "Voice," and Shai Linne.  These men write theologically sound, God-exalting rap.  Shai Linne's song Work it Out, which you can listen to here,  was brought to my attention by Mary Kassian, the force behind Girls Gone Wise and one of my favorite speakers/authors on the subject of Biblical womanhood.  I got choked up with longing when I first read the words, and feel the same way reading them today:

She’s not your typical girl
Sixteen years old and she’s dead to the world
Faith by her lifestyle demonstrated
because the gospel penetrated and now she’s regenerated
Her Master is greater than fashions and flavors
She patterns her behavior after the Savior
Back in the days you would have seen her standing in the mirror
Yeah, her skin was cle…