Author: Sydney Liles

Hazelnut Crisps

Hazelnut Crisps (from flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cljacobs/319970055/) My dog’s name is Hazel. She is named after the Hazelnut tree. One night in a fit of boredom I googled Hazelnut Cookies Recipe and started browsing. This recipe stood out as having yummy potential.…

New England Gingersnaps

New England Gingersnaps (from the Christmas Cookies Oxmoor House http://www.abebooks.com/Christmas-Cookies-Oxmoor-House-Alabama/291409388/bd) I have a lot of cookbooks and I have one just for Christmas cookies that I have had for years. Believe it or not, this is the only recipe I…

And they’re off…

This morning marked the beginning of the 2013 Iron Butt Rally. I am not riding this year, so I am posting pictures of the event. These appear largely without comment. I hope these pictures capture the atmosphere. It was a…

The Easter Dinner Menu

There have been requests for my menu for Easter Dinner. So, I am posting it here. (Warning: this is not vegetarian!) Our family loves a good feast. We have a feast on Thanksgiving (turkey and all the trimmings and way…

Brownies

If you are looking for a from scratch recipe for brownies, this one is pretty good. In college I majored in Anthropology and minored (nearly a double major) in nutrition. One of my nutrition classes was an introductory course with…

Spicy Lentil Stew

The weather has turned cooler, the leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, orange, and yellow, and the days are noticeably shorter. While I am not a fan of shorter days, I love fall and winter cooking because they involve…

Banana Bread

I love to cook. My family loves to eat what I cook. I have a tendency to “improve recipes as I go. I often make notes on cookbook pages to document my changes as you can see in the photo.…

Posole! Ole!

I am a huge fan of posole. A Mexican stew made with hominy, chilis and pork.  It is spicy and hearty and wonderful. The best posole I have ever eaten is found in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a little…

Modifying Family Favorites

One of the obstacles facing a family changing their diet to vegetarian is the loss of favorite meals. As we changed our diet, I considered at the favorite recipes and looked for ways to modify them to be vegetarian. I…