Archives for Simple Solutions

cran oat bars (400x400)

Recipe: Cranberry Oat Bars

by Jane Wangersky December 9th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Cranberries are so tart in their untouched state that we’re always adding things to sweeten them up. Dried cranberries, however, have already been sweetened so much in the processing that we have to be careful not to add much sweet stuff to any dish we’re making with them. (Though,
potato pancakes (400x400)

Recipe: Potato Pancakes

by Jane Wangersky December 2nd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
How did potato pancakes (latkes) come to be part of Hanukkah? Not being Jewish (despite what people thought when we first moved here and didn’t have time to put up the Christmas lights), I had to look this up. Turns out it’s all about the oil -- the oil
shortbread with recipe

Recipe: Coconut Shortbread

by Jane Wangersky November 25th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Shortbread is the perfect cookie baking project for people who don’t like to bake cookies. There are only three ingredients, there’s no raw egg (so you could eat the dough if you wanted, though you probably wouldn’t want to), and there’s no rolling out dough and cutting it into
homemade turkey meatloaf

Recipe: After-Thanksgiving Meat Loaf

by Jane Wangersky November 18th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Canadian Thanksgiving was last month, and I’ve still got leftover turkey in the freezer, so it’s a good thing I have years of experience in using it up. Of course we all know about creamed turkey, turkey soup, and so forth, but this recipe is a little different: Though
cranberry pear relish

Recipe: Cranberry Pear Relish

by Jane Wangersky November 11th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
You may remember from last year that I’m a fan of raw cranberry relish instead of cranberry sauce. For one thing, I’m less likely to get hurt making a dish that doesn’t involve boiling syrup. This year, I’m going with a slightly less sweet combination for the
garlic fried rice dish

Recipe: Garlic Fried Rice

by Jane Wangersky November 4th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Although I’ve been happily eating Filipino food at church suppers for years, I’d never tried to cook any of it myself until this week. So when the assignment came up, I naturally wanted to start with the simplest dish I could find (not to mention that I was limited

Recipe: Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies

by Jane Wangersky October 28th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
This time of year, it’s common for people to complain about pumpkin pie flavor ending up in everything, even coffee -- especially coffee. They also complain that there’s no actual pumpkin flavor in these products, though they may be colored orange; all you can taste is the spice mix.

molasses candy pudding

Recipe: Molasses Candy Pudding

by Jane Wangersky October 21st, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Halloween is our theme this time, and it occurred to me that there was more to Halloween cooking than treats (which everyone buys ready-wrapped anyway) and party food. There’s the candy your kids don’t like. What to do with that? I bought some cheap molasses candy and started experimenting.

slice cheese pizza

Recipe: All-Cheese Pizza

by Jane Wangersky October 14th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
It’s pizza week here at TT, but as in any other week, I’ve got a limit of four ingredients. How do you make pizza or anything like it with that few ingredients? I wondered, till I realized I’d been doing it for years.

Like most parents, I’ve dealt with picky
asian quinoa (400x400)

Recipe: Asian Garlic Quinoa

by Jane Wangersky October 7th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Until this week, I had eaten quinoa a couple of times but never cooked it, and only had a vague idea of what it was (a seed with not much gluten and more protein than brown rice). So it was time to learn. Well, first it was time to
caramel pear (400x400)

Recipe: Grilled Brown Sugar-Ginger Pears

by Jane Wangersky September 30th, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
Once again the produce people are delivering three-pound bags of pears to us, often before I’ve finished using the last bag. Just this week I baked a double batch of Butter-Oat-Pear Crisp. At first glance this didn’t fit in with our food focus: grilled food. But with
apple cookies (400x400)

Recipe- Apple Oatmeal Cookies

by Jane Wangersky September 23rd, 2015| Recipes, Simple Solutions
I first learned of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, from a picture on a label -- the label of what, I can’t remember, but I don’t think it was Johnny Appleseed hard cider, which would’ve been kept out of my reach when I was that young. Anyway,