Author: Barbara Casey

Lightweight Chef’s Knife Review

My weak wrists love this 6-inch lightweight Victorinox chef’s knife   For my 68th birthday, I finally got my first chef’s knife – an ergonomic, lightweight 6-inch Victorinox chef’s knife that suits me perfectly. I’ve had weakened wrists since a waitress job in the 1960s had me carrying incredibly heavy trays, so I was extremely happy to receive …

Great American Cookies Cookbook

Great American Cookies – A Vintage Cookbook That’s Worth Republishing   My favorite recipe books are now considered “vintage.” I cannot imagine why Lorraine Bodger’s Great American Cookies hasn’t been reprinted, but the only versions I’ve found are dated 1985 (the one I have) and 1987 (with the same title but different graphics on the dust jacket). This …

Swedish Pancakes Recipe

Swedish pancakes were a staple breakfast food at our house when I was a kid. This recipe was originally my grandmother's, revisited for a soft food diet.

Stovetop-Safe Corningware Is Back!

Corningware Stovetop Cookware in Pyroceram is Back! Were you even aware that stove-top-safe Corningware had gone off the market for a few years? For the past dozen years or so, any home cook wanting to purchase Corningware cookware – that could be used on the stove top – had to settle for “vintage” pieces they could find …

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Review

Our book club loved Outlander by Diana Gabaldon… and then read the rest in the series, like I did (for the second time) I re-read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander for our book club… and got so caught up in the story again, that I devoured the entire series – for the second time. Here’s my review of …

“Simple Suppers” Cookbook Review

New vegetarian in search of a cookbook As a fairly new vegetarian, I’m always on the lookout for cookbooks that don’t make me feel like a culinary idiot, but that also reflect my cooking style and talents: simple and basic. My favorite cookbook so far is Moosewood Restaurant’s Simple Suppers. Subtitled “Fresh Ideas for the Weeknight Table,” this …

Pure Vermont Maple Sugar Candy

A Bonanza of Maple Leaves I hadn’t intended to buy candy online at all, but… in early October of 2013, my friend, Patricia, mailed me some red maple leaves. Pat lived in Florida until the previous February, when she moved back to her home state of Pennsylvania – and experienced the glorious colors of autumn leaves …