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Most of the posts dealing with food at this time of year deal with Christmas food. There are cookie posts, and posts on how to cook turkeys, and what to do with leftovers, and what to do when you’re eating with relatives of different political persuasions. (Ignore them? Mock them? Burn them at the stake?) […]

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Griddl’n Poffertjes at the Tulip Festival

 

“???” I’m glad you asked. Every year in the third weekend in May, my hometown puts on the annual Tulip Festival. You may remember my post from last year around this time about our church food stand. One of the attractions at the Tulip Festival are the poffertjes made by the Dutch Heritage Boosters. I love these little rascals, and some years back I started volunteering to make them.

A poffertje is a little pancake-like treat about the size of a 50-cent piece or so, made with buckwheat flour, water, oil, egg, and a few other things. (According to legend, the exact recipe is known only to the upper echelon of the DHB. Or something like that.) We cook them up on a griddle that’s basically a large square with a 10×10 grid of depressions in it – into each, we pour a dollop of batter, let it cook up, then flip it over, and put in a tray. Then we brush them with melted butter flavored with some rum extract, dash on powdered sugar, and hand them off with a napkin and a toothpick with the Netherlands on it. We sell trays of ten for $2 a piece. They go like hotcakes!

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As I pondered the topic for this month, I realized that the things that came to mind, rather than being “things,” were more sensory experiences: moments where I touch, see, smell, taste or hear. Let me share some of those moments with you:  Spontaneous hugs—I love them! Especially from my husband and special friends. Preview […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book Review A nice guy who finished first: Ed Kruze of Blue […]

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It’s almost been a year since we had a family get together that evolved into something more significant. In July 2015, we cooked dinner with my sisters-in-law one Saturday night. It was a fancier meal than we would normally make so my wife Michele Bledsoe brought her camera, intending to document the process. What began […]

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No politics in this one.  Let’s talk food.  For those of you who like to cook, what are your favorite recipes, or what of your recipes are the favorites of your family and friends?  Do you have these written down, or can you wing it?  I’ll start: Turnips and Caramelized Leeks Au Gratin:This one scales […]

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We had some tasty Vietnamese noodle soup on this cool evening. I used this paste in two or three quarts of water, added to taste–maybe about a quarter cup. I get it at our town’s local Asian store. Once the water in the stock pot boiled, I took it off the heat and covered it to […]

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If you’re the one in the household doing most of the shopping, cooking, and kitchen clean-up, you know that being the family cook is time-consuming. Feeding the family–providing infrastructure for a healthy, productive life–is an undertaking that compares to a part-time job in hours and energy invested. Although the role can be satisfying (for example, everyone’s favorite spaghetti sauce that can […]

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Well, somebody had to post it.  Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, and to my wife – neutral observer! What plans do you folks have for today?  We plan on celebrating at dinner with sea scallops sauteed in fresh garlic and clarified butter, along with rice pilaf (cheating, using the Rice-a-Roni version), and aparagus broiled in […]

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There’s been some new people who’ve joined Ricochet recently.  To any new friends, its important for you to know that Ricochet isn’t just wall-to-wall politics, all-day, every-day.  We talk about all kinds of stuff, from politics, to science, to books, to lifestyles, to podcasts, to cooking. That being said, back on March 3, in The […]

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I love to cook.  Having said that, I’m entertaining the thought of making homemade pasta.  I know it’s a pain in the rear to make, just like homemade bread is (which I’ve done many times).  Nonetheless, I’m interesting in trying it. My question is:  How do you do it?  Do you use a machine that does everything, […]

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This post is just a quick THANKS! to the great members here.  Through Ricochet I’ve been able to meet some astounding people (even if only through posts and audio meet ups), and hardly a day goes by where I don’t learn something here.  I’m not going to name names because I don’t want to be […]

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There’s a saying that’s been around for ever. I never really knew what it meant. Recently, I’ve heard others pondering: “what does that mean, anyway?” Since no-one seems to know what they are talking about, that’s my cue. Fact: the only type of quiche your average 70′s manly-man has ever heard of is quiche loraine […]

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I pride myself in being a competent cook.  Cooking is one of those basic life skills, like tying your shoes.  I am always baffled by any grown man who doesn’t have that basic life skill. Grilling is another skill on a whole other level.  I grew up with an electric range, so cooking with fire […]

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There’s a saying that’s been around for ever. I never really knew what it meant. Recently, I’ve heard others pondering: “what does that mean, anyway?” Since no-one seems to know what they are talking about, that’s my cue. Fact: the only type of quiche your average 70’s manly-man has ever heard of is quiche loraine […]

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