Any-time Sugar Cookies

There’s no trick to baking these treats. Big thanks to Ella and Maggie, first and third-grade cookie bakers, for dropping by The Cookery for this sugar cookie post. Bake these sugar cookies any time and decorate with your favorite buttercream frosting. Any-time Sugar Cookies ¾ cup shortening 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla […]

Never let gifts of food be returned to sender

Have you moved during the past year? Friends and family may be trying to send greetings in the way of festive food packages. I encourage you to update your address for their benefit and yours. We’re a little remiss in updating ours, but we’re rejoicing this week as our favorite gift of food found us. […]

Pumpkin-spittin’ image

It’s quick and easy to spit out those pumpkin seeds once you’ve carved up the pumpkins, but keep your pumpkin-spittin’ image in check. Roast on and repurpose those pumpkin seeds. Test The Cookery’s best pumpkin seed tip.

Back-to-school readiness begins with food allergy awareness

With or without kids, back-to-school time gives us a chance to look forward and improve readiness for new challenges. That could mean the challenge to pack healthier lunches for ourselves or to help others learn about food allergies. Give yourself and your family members a refresh on food allergy readiness. –Get to know your child’s school nurse. Healthcare professionals […]

Fresh from the farm

Want to pick your own? Find a friend and a farm and stock up on seasonal fruits and vegetables. With four young and hungry helpers, The Cookery  gathered enough Hudson Valley peaches to keep the cobbler coming long after Labor Day. If you’re in the area, pick your own at Ochs Orchard in Warwick. With […]

Prep pizza for family appetites

Pizza prep invites the whole family to pitch in for dinner. Whether it’s Father’s Day or any day, invite all hands to help prepare a family meal.  Austin’s Jane Manaster shares her variation of pizza prep, and she’s often among a crowd of children and adults–some vegetarians, some not. Provide pizza crust dough, sauce, and a selection of toppings, and let […]

Have yourself a little chocolate fudge

As hoped by more than one of us, the festive tins have arrived, and their contents produced a little joy and guilty pleasure.  Around The Cookery, these tins are filled with Pa’s Famous Fudge, and we love and appreciate receiving them every year. Want to share a merry little batch of joy? Mix up Pa’s Famous Fudge.

Bento Box filled with healthy fun for one

Yum-Yum Bento Box How long does it take to fix a school lunch? For the experienced parent, good at keeping chips or the equivalent, fruit and veggies, a sandwich and a treat, maybe two minutes. That’s unless the peanut butter has separated or the jelly cowers at the unreachable bottom of the jar. It’s a […]

Pumpkin roll

I’m on the annual pumpkin roll, and to start things off with sugar pumpkins, The Cookery rolled out four festive pumpkin lovin’ loaves yesterday. Pick up a sugar pumpkin and try my candied pumpkin bread recipe. Up next . . . my family will be testing Metrocurean’s tempting take on pumpkin pancakes.

Raisin reason

Need a reason to stock up on raisins? Try this variation on raisin & bran muffins. My 9-year-old neighbor prepared this batch with minimal assistance. The thick and creamy batter produces a generous result.           Raisins in the muffins  1 box (15 oz.) bran or raisin bran cereal  ½ cup raisins  ½ cup […]