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Cherry Pitter

Recently I started to crave cherry pie.  I’d rarely eaten cherry pie and had never made it, so I’m not sure where this came from.  Very likely it was a remnant of my RAGBRAI trip, where pie is a staple food group each day along the way.  On the way home from my Iowa adventure, […]

Posted by robyn on September 8th, 2010 under cooking | 1 Comment »

Fruits of our (local) labors

Happy Labor Day weekend!  We’re celebrating birthdays this weekend – mine and Ryan’s and a good friend Mike’s.  For the occasion we’re making piles and piles of food all with the theme of being local.  The weekend started with major procurement of local foods from nearby farms, farm stands, and markets.  Final results include:  Coffee […]

Posted by robyn on September 5th, 2010 under cooking | 3 Comments »

Homemade soft pretzels

Vacation has been good to me.  I’ve had lots of time to bake cookies, cakes, and most recently, these delicious homemade soft pretzels. Some of you may know that I adore soft pretzels.  I started my affair when living in Germany, where every bakery would sell them fresh and delicious.  It’s also a welcome treat […]

Posted by robyn on December 30th, 2009 under cooking, crafts | 11 Comments »

Tutorial: Make your own vanilla extract in 8 easy steps

OK, so I was so enticed by all the information I found on making your own vanilla, that I couldn’t wait and decided to make my own ASAP.  It’s remarkably simple and I think it will yield a great lot of vanilla that’s much cheaper and better than what you can buy in the store.  […]

Posted by robyn on November 25th, 2009 under cooking, crafts | 3 Comments »

Make your own vanilla extract

I think my most frequently purchased baking supply, besides flour and sugar, is vanilla.  It is insanely expensive, and I always feel resentful picking up a decent bottle that costs more than 10 dollars, knowing that it won’t last for very long.  As a side note, it makes me even more enraged to know that […]

Posted by robyn on November 21st, 2009 under cooking, crafts | Comment now »

Dehydrator treats

I’ve been experimenting with more dehydrator goodies.  Most recently, I made the cookies pictured above from some apricots, dates, walnuts coconut, and sunflower seeds.  I didn’t measure, but just put in handfuls of everything into a food processor, processed until it was pasty, made cookie-shaped balls of the paste, sprinkled with dried coconut, and then […]

Posted by robyn on November 15th, 2009 under cooking, crafts | 1 Comment »

New things, a new year.

I’m 32 now. I think it’ll be a good year, if this first week is any indication. So far in this new year, I’ve treated myself to some new fabric, which I’ll be receiving shortly and will photograph when it comes.  Happy birthday to me!  I’ve also discovered and now adore Greek yogurt. There are […]

Posted by robyn on September 7th, 2009 under cooking, crafts, random | 6 Comments »

Dad’s Birthday Pie

We had a lovely birthday celebration with my family over the weekend.  We’re lucky enough to have a group of birthdays all within a few days of each other – mine, my dad’s, and Ryan’s.  And so we get together.  This year, we ate blueberry pie with hearts.  Yum!

Posted by robyn on August 31st, 2009 under cooking, random | Comment now »

Pie Fail!

We are taking part in a CSA this year for the first time ever. It’s from a local farm just down the street from us (or, as per my new bike computer, approximately 2.6 miles from our house).  Tomorrow we get our third installment of the 10-week program.  Above is week two’s bounty. It’s exactly […]

Posted by robyn on June 28th, 2009 under cooking, random | 5 Comments »

Falafel! Chips!

Woah, people.  Have I told you yet of my love of falafel?  Of the amazing, delicious chickpea-based middle eastern delicacies of joy?  Falafel, served up in a crispy toasted pita with hummus and delicious tahini sauce, is one of the most simple yet wonderful of meals, in my humble opinion.  It is a vegetarian staple.  […]

Posted by robyn on April 8th, 2009 under cooking, crafts | 2 Comments »

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