All posts tagged: desserts

Baking Amid ‘Caps Popping’: Sheriff Normand Starring in (Spiced Chocolate) Fruit Cake

The Big Easy comes with a certain amount of home-spun drama that seems locally sourced and without end. This week road rage and ego-driven childish behavior senselessly claimed the life of local football hero Joe McKnight. The all too familiar scene of crime on the streets of New Orleans. A sad loss for everyone and as a community were are still trying to wrap our collective heads around the tragedy. The unrest in the ‘Easiest of Bigs’ is so high right now. Our community leaders are crumbling under the pressure and the citizens are peacefully protesting themselves into a frenzy of misunderstanding and discontent. During times of stress, we all need calm reassurances – it’s what makes us human. When Sheriff Normand took live to the air during the news conference this week, he did just the opposite. He lost his shit in a very public foul-mouthed rant that surprised even moi.  His behavior reminded me how under stress you can either crumble or you can be calm despite your fear. Inspired by a man who failed to find …

rinktum ditty: tomato cheddar sauce on toast

With the sounds of grandfather clocks ticking and water boiling, the past is where is I find my inspiration when it comes to nourishment. Food is love. True love being real food made the way our matriarchs of days past prepared it, soup to nuts. From fetching the chicken, breaking its neck and churning their own butter, these woman were frontiersman in their own right. We have oh so much to learn from them! Let us leave the world of over-processed foods  and  venture into the past where people practiced patience and celebrated a hard day’s work with food made from love.  I would like to present a recipe for my namesake, rinktum ditty. A simple yet staple item in America’s early history and on many dinner tables around the country, its origins are mysteriously uncertain. It is something my great grandmother with her Swiss roots, served as appetizers at supper parties. My German great-grandfather shared in the comfort of this dish as well, likely served by his mother. His love for tomato sauce in general gives likely cause to support the fact that my great …