The Great Apple Taste Test

great apple taste test

Fall is around the corner.  Some people think fall is exclusively for pumpkin spice.  I like a little pumpkin spice (mostly in pumpkin pie,) but for me, fall is for apples. I absolutely love apples. LOVE THEM! A long time ago, I posted about the best apples for apple pie. I promised that I would write a guide about which apples were best to eat out of hand. And then I forgot. And I was a big liar, but I'm making amends now.   Apples are nature's candy. I … [Read more...]

Compound Butter- Three ideas

compound butter

If you haven't ever tried a compound butter, then you are missing out. I think butter might just be my very favorite food. It is an ingredient in everything good. So, if there is something that you put butter on before eating, then you can make it even better with a compound butter. Think bread, toast, corn on the cob, scones, pancakes, waffles, garlic bread and so on. What is compound butter, you ask. It is basically butter with stuff mixed into it. Wow! That sounds pretty enticing. Let's … [Read more...]

Mousse de Maracuja – Passionfruit Mousse

mousse de maracuja

We are continuing the celebration Brazil and the Rio Olympics.  I've been going strong watching all the events. However, I gotta say, that I didn't miss golf being an Olympic event for the past 100 years. I hate watching golf! It was on for about 11 hours yesterday.  Ugh! I can do pretty much any other sport. And when the commentators get their whispery voices going, I just can't. Luckily, they followed that up with volleyball, gymnastics and horse jumping. All great fun! When I went to … [Read more...]

Brigadeiros- A Traditional Brazilian Candy


Here we go! More Brazilian recipes this week to celebrate the Rio Olympics. I'm loving them so far, BTW. I've watched water polo and volleyball and swimming and gymnastics and road racing and synchronized diving and shooting. It's all thrilling! What did you think about the Opening Ceremonies? I'm gonna be honest, I thought they were a little weird. But I guess they are always a bit artsy and weird. The parade of nations was fun, though. What about Tonga? Wow! Back to the recipe of the … [Read more...]

Converting Tapioca to Farinha

transforming tapioca into farinha

Yesterday I shared a recipe for Feijoada, a black bean stew from Brazil, to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.  I mentioned farinha in that post. Farinha is basically coarsely ground tapioca flour that has been toasted. It is served a top the feijoada. It gives and interesting crunchy texture and also can control the "soupiness" of the bean by absorbing moisture. It also serves the purpose of extending the number of servings. Well, I don't know about you, but I don't have … [Read more...]