Easy Chai Tea at Home
Recently, because of a supplement regime I began that is working really, really well for me, my doctor asked me to stop drinking coffee. Coffee. My delicious nectar of life!  *sob* She said that it is not the caffeine in the coffee that is the problem, but other things in its molecular composition that influence the effectiveness of the supplement. Because my new supplements are working so well, I decided to take her advice. So […]

Easy Homemade Chai Tea!


Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder
This is a recipe I came up with a few years ago when I had a leftover ham bone from dinner, and it’s wonderfully tasty. Good for using the leftovers after Easter or Christmas. Serve with good, crusty bread and be ready to provide seconds, because they’ll want more!   [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:41]   My apologies for the less-than-fabulous photo… I promise that I’ll get a better one in there soon. In the meantime, I encourage you […]

What to do with Easter leftovers: Creamy Ham and Corn Chowder


Scaccia. Photo: William Hereford. Saveur Magazine.
In this wonderfully picturesque article in Saveur about where to eat in Sicily, Adam Leith Gollner tells us of the sun-drenched island’s agrodolce flavors. He brings Sicily vibrantly to life with beautiful writing, photographs, and recipes. “Perhaps what makes the Arab and Italian combination so compelling is simply the way it so naturally reflects the convoluted, mixed-up nature of life here today. Thoughts of caponata are running through my mind as we wind through the […]

Tasty Takes: Saveur Magazine and “Eating the Arab Roots of Sicilian Cuisine”



Mild Buffalo Wing Sauce
Our favorite commercial wing sauce is “Wing-Time” sauce, but it can be a bit difficult to find in stores. My husband likes the hot version (as opposed to the “very hot” – he says it has more flavor, even though he likes extremely spicy food), and I like the mild version. Unfortunately, the mild version is almost impossible to find, so I needed to create my own recipe. And believe me, this recipe makes a […]

Mild Buffalo Wing Sauce


Homemade Mark-Your-Calendar Uncured Corned Beef - Out of the pressure cooker...
Is St. Patrick’s Day coming up, or perhaps Easter? Whatever holiday it might be, if corned beef is on your traditional feast menu and you are on a no-processed-meat, no-nitrate meal plan (or just want to try making your own uncured corned beef), don’t despair!     Making your own non-nitrate “uncured” corned beef is a lot easier than you might expect, and although the meat is not the familiar neon-pink that many are familiar […]

Homemade Mark-Your-Calendar Uncured Corned Beef


Black Cod Steak Teriyaki
I must admit that I hesitate a bit in sharing information about black cod with you – not because I’m unsure about how to prepare it or how wonderful it is, but because it is my favorite fish of all and it is already a bit difficult to find and is already horrendously expensive. I do hope you have the opportunity to taste and prepare your own black cod, but let’s keep it a secret, […]

Black Cod Steaks Teriyaki



Asian Style Chicken Ramen Dinner Cole Slaw - There are many different variations of ramen salad out there, of course. My version differs in that the dressing is creamy, and not sweet. The recipe makes 4 main-dish portions, or 8-10 side dish portions. It's great as a dinner entrée, and fast and easy to make! Very popular as a take-along potluck or picnic item, too.
There are many different variations of ramen salad out there, of course. My version differs in that the dressing is creamy, and not sweet. The recipe makes 4 main-dish portions, or 8-10 side dish portions. It’s great as a dinner entrée, and fast and easy to make! Very popular as a take-along potluck or picnic item, too. Very easy to make vegetarian: just leave out the meat! (I often do.)  🙂   I must admit […]

Asian Style Ramen Chicken Dinner Slaw


Easy Rise Ciabatta Rolls
A few days ago I was browsing through videos on YouTube, looking for good baking tips for ciabatta, and I found a video by a fellow named Rob Barrett Jr., who made some nice-ish looking ciabatta rolls easily enough. I decided to give them a try. I did, however, know that I could do it even easier and certainly a lot less messy. These are a bit like the ciabatta rolls from Costco. ( Jump […]

Easy Rise Ciabatta Rolls – Ciabatta Crumpets? [Updated!]


Bob's Red Mill Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix
We’re always looking for ways we can replace regular wheat flour in our foods with other, more “ancient” grains. I love the taste of buckwheat, so when I saw [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KQ18FNC” locale=”US” tag=”cerejulislist” cloak=”y” popups=”y”]Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix[/easyazon_link] on sale at the store yesterday I decided to give it a try. Following the directions on the package, here’s what I learned…   Mixing: I used precisely 1 cup of mix, as […]

Review: Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix



Menu from Seattle Old Spaghetti Factory in the 1980s... look at the prices!
Did you know that the original Spaghetti Factory was in Portland, Oregon? Well, it was, and opened in 1969. I have many fond memories of going there as a child, as it was almost always my restaurant of choice for my birthday (that and Farrell’s). Back then, they played entertaining silent movies in the waiting area, the food was plentiful, the lines much, much shorter, the prices were extremely low, and everything tasted fantastic. I […]

Mom’s Old Spaghetti Factory White Clam Sauce – Updated from Original


Alton Brown Hot Wing Steamer on Good Eats - "The Wing and I"
My husband spends a couple Saturdays a month at good old fashioned D&D gaming sessions, and one of the favorite foods he makes to share at the games are – just like at tailgate and Super Bowl parties – spicy hot wings. I do like hot wings, but always found the amount of fat they rolled around in just too much to handle very often. So when we saw Alton Brown’s Good Eats episode The […]

Feature: Making an Alton Brown Hot Wing Steamer (aka Steel Lotus)


No-Knead Caraway Rye Bread: with thanks to Josh at Beekman and the Onion River City Market from whence I based this recipe. Very nice bread, chewy crust and soft interior!
A loaf of Mike’s favorite rye bread for his sandwich lunches costs over $5 apiece. Ouch. So I decided to try making our own, instead.  I’ve combined two recipes for this: 1) the No-Knead Rye Bread from Onion River City Market Co-Op in Burlington, Vermont, and 2) Josh’s “Even Lazier Than No-Knead” Bread method by Josh at Beekman. Additional ingredients, such as vital wheat gluten and cocoa powder for coloring, came from reading and watching […]

No-Knead Caraway Rye Bread



Maple Vinegar Crispy Chicken - a la Chef Gabriel Claycamp, we made this fabulous dish as part of our Culinary Communion class. SO GOOD!
We made this wonderful dish at Culinary Communion, with Chef Gabriel Claycamp. This recipe is a repeat favorite with class attendees, and they’ve been known to call Gabriel up years later, from halfway across the country, to replace the beloved recipe that they’d misplaced. 🙂 Making this dish in CC class is also when I fell in love with the word spatchcock… [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:33]

Maple Vinegar Crispy Chicken


Astoundingly Easy Cold Brew Coffee - I decided to give making cold brew myself at home to see what the fuss was all about. Frankly, I didn't expect much. Oh, was I ever wrong. Here's an infographic with easy instructions how to make it yourself. ~Julesong
A few things came together a while back that created a revelation in my beverage consumption. I don’t recall the exact order of the process, but the points were these: ♦ I needed to cut way back on the amount of Diet Coke I was drinking. Not only is Diet Coke nasty stuff, health-wise, but it is also silly to spend much money on something so nutritionally null. ♦ I prefer drinking coffee in the […]

Tasty Take: Astoundingly Easy Cold Brew Coffee


This is my take on Azteca Restaurant's Pollo a la Crema. Rich and delicious! Chicken breast, sautéed with onion in a delicious mild crema sauce. Although the ingredient list is long, this recipe is actually quite easy to put together.
This is my take on Azteca Restaurant’s Pollo a la Crema. Rich and delicious! Chicken breast, sautéed with onion in a delicious mild crema sauce. Although the ingredient list is long, this recipe is actually quite easy to put together. Give it a try! The history of Azteca restaurants, from their website: “From a 24 seat restaurant in Burien, Washington in 1974 to a collection of 35 Azteca Mexican Restaurants, established by 2001, Azteca Mexican […]

Pollo Crema – Azteca’s Pollo a La Crema



Malaysian Style Oxtail Broth for Pho - This crockpot broth tastes so flavorful and authentic. While we usually use it for our pho broth, you can use it for just about anything needing beef broth, and will make you look like a seasoned cook!
Back when Food.com was RecipeZaar (a long time ago in a land far, far away), a friend of mine there shared her recipe for  “Malaysian Style Oxtail Soup,” and it’s that recipe that I’ve been using now for many years – altered to our tastes and for a slow cooker. It’s a great basic oxtail broth, so many thanks to Grace Lynn for pointing us in the right direction! 🙂 My husband uses this broth […]

Malaysian Style Oxtail Broth for Pho (or Other Brothy Uses)


Cooked with Michael Pollan - via Eater, "The four-episode show, Cooked, is based on the author's 2013 book by the same name that explores different methods of cooking and their evolutionary and cultural impacts on humankind, with the ultimate goal of "[issuing] a clarion call for a return to the kitchen in order to reclaim lost traditions and restore balance to our lives."
Today I stumbled across a Netflix series that I’m really enjoying. Called Cooked and featuring Michael Pollan, Eater says “”The four-episode show, Cooked, is based on the author’s 2013 book by the same name that explores different methods of cooking and their evolutionary and cultural impacts on humankind, with the ultimate goal of ‘[issuing] a clarion call for a return to the kitchen in order to reclaim lost traditions and restore balance to our lives.'” […]

Feature – Tasty Take – “Cooked” on Netflix


Baked Buttermilk Mustard Chicken Thighs - A delicious and easy recipe for my favorite part of the chicken: the thighs! Doesn't take much time at all (the prep time is for chilling in the fridge). Also a good way to use up leftover buttermilk you might have in the refrigerator... ;)
A delicious and easy recipe for my favorite part of the chicken: the thighs! Doesn’t take much time at all (the prep time is for chilling in the fridge).  Also a good way to use up leftover buttermilk you might have in the refrigerator… 😉 [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:25]

Baked Buttermilk Mustard Chicken Thighs



Baked Vegetarian Chimichangas - These are a deliciously healthy, filling meal, and good for both everyday eating and when your vegetarian guests come over for dinner! My non-vegetarian husband doesn't even miss the meat when I fix these. This is a *big* batch, so plan on leftovers. :) Good for picnics and potlucks, too (see instructions).
These are a deliciously healthy, filling meal, and good for both everyday eating and when your vegetarian guests come over for dinner! My non-vegetarian husband doesn’t even miss the meat when I fix these. This is a *big* batch, so plan on leftovers. 🙂 Good for picnics and potlucks, too: to make these for a picnic or potluck, instead of baking them as I would at home, I make the filling and put it in […]

Baked Vegetarian Chimichangas


Vincent Price Sopa Poblano - "This hearty soup, a sort of Mexican minestrone, is made with both [corn and chiles], as you might expect, but it is the unexpected ingredients that make it so good." From A Treasury of Great Recipes by Vincent and Mary Price, 1965. This soup is OUTSTANDING.
One of my great cookbook treasures is a copy of A Treasury of Great Recipes which was released in 1965. It is chock full of wonderful recipes, interesting stories and photographs, from all over the world. It was written by a married couple who loved to travel, and their names were Vincent and Mary Price. Yes, that Vincent Price. The one that most people only know as a horror film actor. But he was also […]

Vincent Price Sopa Poblano – Poblano Chile Soup


Herbfarm Rosemary Shortbread - adapted from Ron Zimmerman's recipe and wonderfully buttery and aromatic. Perfect for coffee and tea dunking!
Although Chocolate Crinkles are my favorite “guilty pleasure cookies,” this rosemary shortbread is one I make more often as it goes really well with coffee or tea. Shortbread is just so wonderful and buttery, and this tasty and aromatic version based on one by Ron Zimmerman of Herbfarm fame is especially nice. I first made it after enjoying a rosemary shortbread at Seattle’s Gypsy by Chef Gabriel Claycamp. Wanting to make my own at home […]

Fabulous for coffee and tea dunking: Herbfarm Rosemary Shortbread



Chocolate Crinkles
I know it’s past the winter holiday season when recipes for cookies are usually shared on cooking blogs, but this particular cookie is actually my favorite, and the recipe is an absolute keeper! So chocolatey and delicious and addictive, it would make a great Valentine’s Day treat as well as an annual Christmas offering. I first tasted Chocolate Crinkles when I was working at Cookies By Design – slightly crunchy on the outside, moist and […]

Favorite Cookie: Chocolate Crinkles


Black Bean Corn Muffins - My husband makes these pretty regularly for his all-day gaming sessions, where they're extremely popular. I have to make sure to yoink a few before he takes them away, because there are never, ever, any left over when he comes home. Just an empty container with sad, little crumbs. The muffins so, so good!
These muffins are based on the Black Bean Fritters that I learned how to make during class at Culinary Communion in the 90s. Since some folks on RecipeZaar were concerned about the deep frying of the original fritters recipe, I decided to make them into a baked muffin form, instead.  I’m happy to say that they are equally as delicious and much more healthful as muffins!  This is the quick-to-prepare version this first time, with […]

Black Bean Corn Muffins


Cauldron Broths - Based in Bellingham, Washington, Cauldron Broths is creating nutritious bone broths from local, humanely raised animals to deliver to homes, restaurants, schools, and hospitals.
I remember the first time I cooked something all by myself. I was 12 or 13, and it was just my mother and I living at home. Mom was at work, and for whatever reason, I decided I’d just go ahead and make the potato soup I was craving. It was pretty simple, just milk, broth, celery, carrots, onion, potato, etc… but I did it completely on my own. Mom came home from work, discovered […]

Feature: Cauldron Broths



Creamy Spinach Mushroom Lasagna
This is a very rich, very tasty lasagna for when you’re feeling like indulging. An “oh my goodness” with much rolling of eyes and moaning with pleasure kind of lasagna. 🙂 You might want to serve it in smallish pieces so that people can eat it, love it, and still have room for seconds. I wanted a rich lasagna when I created the recipe, and that’s how it came out – I’m very pleased with […]

Decadent: Creamy Spinach Mushroom Lasagna


Sherry Buttered Shrimp
When I want a perfect dinner, so delicious, so wonderful, and so easy to make, this is the recipe I go to every time. It’s so easy to make, nobody will ever know how little effort went into making it! My husband makes Valentine’s Day dinners each year, and this is what I usually request. 🙂 I have no idea where I first found the recipe, but we’ve been making it since early in our […]

Valentine’s Day: Sherry Buttered Shrimp


"Life itself is the proper binge." ~Julia Child From Dar Bistro and Books
I really need to make a nice, big, attractive poster with Julia’s words on it and post it on the ceiling of the bedroom where I’ll see it as soon as I wake up. After I put on my glasses, that is. Welcome to my new cooking and food blog, Two Birds, One Scone. I’ve had many an online journal, MySpace, LiveJournal – and these days – Facebook account to share my thoughts and recipes, […]

“Life itself is the proper binge…” ~Julia Child (And Grandma’s Rampke’s Rhubarb Custard Pie)



A Healthier Rich and Flavorful Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup (aka Zuppa Toscana)
After seeing a Facebook video of an “Olive Garden Copycat” recipe for Zuppa Toscana, chock-full of unneeded fats and low on overall flavor, I decided to make my own version with far less fat and much more flavor. I am quite pleased with the result, as this is a fabulous soup! Though lightened it up from many of the fat and carb laden recipe versions you’ll find elsewhere, but you won’t notice any lack of […]

A Healthier Rich and Flavorful Sausage, Kale, and Potato Soup (aka Zuppa Toscana)


Incredibly Easy Lowcarb Strawberry Ice Cream
For Valentine’s Day 2015, I made delicious Strawberry Ice Cream from three ingredients in my Cuisinart Ice Cream maker, and it took a whole 30 minutes!  So easy it was almost ridiculous, and so tasty that anybody who likes ice cream wouldn’t notice nor care that it was lowcarb and had no added sugar. If you have an ice cream maker like ours or one similar, I *highly* recommend you give this a try! It […]

Incredibly Easy Lowcarb Strawberry Ice Cream


Baked Pumpkin & Sausage Ziti with Caramelized Onion and Sage Crumb Topping
Not exactly a pretty dish, when in the pan, but absolutely delicious! It’s vegan, but don’t let that stop you. And the “cashew ricotta”? It is so good you’ll have trouble using it all in the recipe, and will lick the bowl. If you really wanted to, you could easily add chunks of chicken in – both to stretch the recipe and to please your meat-eaters. But really, it tastes great without meat.  🙂 Based […]

Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Caramelized Onions and Sage Crumb Topping



Sherry Tofu and Snow Peas
Vegetarian friend Matthew and I used to get together to cook now and then (he being a newbie chef back then), and this was the first dish we made as his introduction to veggie cooking. Easy, and very tasty! Based on a recipe from Curtis Aikens. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:7]

Matthew & Julie’s Sherry Tofu and Snow Peas


My mom’s favorite pie cookbook is the old Farm Journal’s Complete Pie Cookbook  from 1965… and her copy is well-used and loved, full of clippings and hand-written notes. This recipe is based on the one from there, with modifications to her taste.  It works really well for all sorts of pies, especially her Quiche Lorraine and pumpkin.  Simple and flaky! Makes one 9-inch pie shell with a little left over… Mom takes the leftover and […]

Mom’s Easy Oil Pie Crust


My mom’s favorite pie cookbook is the old Farm Journal’s Complete Pie Cookbook  from 1965… and her copy is well-used and loved, full of clippings and hand-written notes. This recipe is based on the one from there, with modifications to her taste. Simple, easy, and delicious, it’s a favorite on the mornings after Thanksgiving and Christmas. And, of course, whenever I visit Mom in our hometown and she asks what I want for breakfast, her […]

Mom’s French Cheese Pie – Quiche Lorraine