Toasted Bagelwiches

You will need:
A toaster oven (regular oven will suffice but is really too big)
plain or sesame seed bagels, sliced
ripe tomatoes
sliced cheddar or jack cheese
dijon mustard

On each bagel half, spread a thin layer of the mustard. Arrange a tomato slice and slice of cheese on top of each one. (If you like, you can add a slice of meat such as ham, turkey, or roast beef under the cheese.) Place in the toaster oven and set the timer to medium (or until cheese melts.) Eat.

Serves one person per bagel.


Chocolate Bread Pudding With Spiced Cream

For the pudding, you will need:
1 tsp unsalted butter
2 cups half and half
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, about 1 pound
4 large eggs
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinammon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
8 slices day old white bread (or just store bought sliced white bread), crusts removed and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 4 cups).

Preheat the oven to 350º F. Grease a 6 cup loaf pan with butter.
Heat the half and half in a large saucepan over medium heat. When it comes up to a gentle boil, whisk in 1 cup of the chocolate chips, whisking constantly unil the chips have melted and are incorporated into the cream. Remove from heat.
Whisk the eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and Grand Marnier together in a large mixing bowl until very smooth. Add the egg mixture to the cream mixture and mix well.
Add the bread, incorporate thoroughly and let the mixture sit out for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Pour half the mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with the remaining chocolate chips. Pour the remaining bread mixture over the chocolate chips.
Bake until the pudding is set in the center, about 55 minutes.
Let cool for 5 minutes.
To serve, cut the pudding into 1 inch thick slices. Top with spiced cream.

Spiced Cream
1 quart heavy cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Beat the cream with an electric mixer on high speed in a large mixing bowl for about 2 minutes. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and beat again until the mixutre thickens and forms stiff peaks, another 1-2 minutes.


You will need:
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 lb. lean ground pork
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 small grated onion
2 eggs
1 cup milk
4 tbsp. butter or margarine

Mix the first six ingredients. Add eggs, milk, and butter. Form into eight patties or small balls and fry in butter until brown. Turn down the heat; cover and cook for another half hour.

This goes really well with mashed potatoes.

Kill-Sin Pimple (and other Puritan names)

  1. Dancell-Dallphebo-Mark-Anthony-Gallery-Cesar. Son of Dancell-Dallphebo-Mark-Anthony-Gallery-Cesar, born 1676.
  2. Praise-God. Full name, Praise-God Barebone. The Barebones were a rich source of crazy names. This one was a leather-worker, member of a particularly odd Puritan group and an MP. He gave his name to the Barebones Parliament, which ruled Britain in 1653.
  3. If-Christ-had-not-died-for-thee-thou-hadst-been-damned. Praise-God’s son, he made a name for himself as an economist. But, for some inexplicable reason, he decided to go by the name Nicolas Barbon.
  4. Fear-God. Also a Barebone.

Puritan names

Snickerdoodle Drink

You will need:
Chocolate syrup, dark for preference
Vanilla syrup
Almond syrup
Whipped cream

I made this with a steamer wand. You can heat the milk in the microwave but be very very careful to not boil it.

Heat the milk until just shy of boiling. Add in chocolate syrup until the color is nice and dark. Yes, you can make this with hot chocolate mix but it isn’t as good and is often too sweet. Then you add 1/2 measure of vanilla syrup— this varies by brand, so a “measure” is what you’d put into a drink to make a flavored latte— and 1/4 measure of almond syrup. Stir in some cinnamon and nutmeg, then top with whipped cream and dust that with cinnamon.

And by the way… don’t make this with skim. You’re only fooling yourself if you do.