Butternut Squash Soup

Food traditions can take root faster than you'd think. Several years ago (probably seven or eight) I decided to make a soup for Thanksgiving that I'd made a few times and had liked each time. It's surprisingly simple, has few ingredients, and can feed a crowd. Want...

Buckwheat Waffles

I grew up eating the deep pocketed square waffles that my mother made with buttermilk. They're delicious with either whipped cream and strawberries or the more traditional maple syrup. Recently my mother gave me a waffle iron; its pockets aren't as deep and it's...

Leftover Redux

While I love to cook for groups of people - friends, family, and sometime coworkers and classmates - I often end up cooking for one. This occasionally presents a bit of a problem in terms of leftover logistics. Such as a craving for roast beef right before Christmas...

Christmas and New Years

This past summer I decided to try my hand at making a couple of liqueurs and had varied success with those projects, but after some time steeping, filtering, bottling, and a little more aging I ended up with two liqueurs that I bottled up and gave away as gifts this...

Bread, egg, and pig – mmm… breakfast

La Quercia is a producer of delicious pork products from proscuitto to lardo to coppa. I've been sampling and cooking with their products for quite awhile now, and if you haven't heard of them (they've been featured by Food and Wine,  Bittman for the New York Times,...

Creamy Onion Soup

A lot has been going on in my kitchen lately, but I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to share it here. Last month there was a Wine and Food Expo in Des Moines that a friend and I attended. For a first year event the Des Moines Register did a good job, but I...

Holiday Drinks

I grew up drinking what my grandmother called wassail every Christmas. It was a combination of cranberry and apples juices with sugar, cloves, and cinnamon. After moving away during college and deciding to stay put I've started making it for myself. Unfortunately,...

Creamy Tomato Soup

As the cold weather settles into Iowa, my cooking turns more to hearty soups and stews. One of my favorite soups is tomato basil bisque, but until recently I had never made it from scratch. Then about a month ago I ended up with about a pound of tomatoes on the verge...

My mother’s egg rolls

I started this blog to create a record of my own cooking experiences, and as I've written this blog I realized that successful blogging is harder than it looks. When talking about my blog the question that often comes up is how I started cooking. I grew up in a home...

What about the pits?

I've been eating cherries in several preparations lately, from the berries I made jam and cooked with some sugar to top some ice cream, but from the pits I've made a few batches of ice cream. I knew the flavor wouldn't be that strong, so I wanted to avoid eggs, but I...

Cherry Jam

One of the wonders of early summer is cherry season. Sweet Bing and Mount Rainier cherries start popping up at the grocery store, while tart sour (or pie) cherries start to burden the branches of Midwestern trees. My parents have a few fruit trees  and after many,...

Updated!

Today I'm officially unveiling the new home of my blog - www.roastingrambler.com! The new address comes with a refreshed look and a new header. Any attempts to access the old site should redirect you here - I'm stilling trying to redirect individual posts to their...

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