Read about our cooking group’s March event: Traditional and not-so-traditional Irish fare, in honor of St. Patrick’s day! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s February event: All you ever wanted to know about root vegetables, and more!! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s January event: Brunch, followed by a lesson in coffee roasting, hosted by Damian and Rick! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s December event: Our annual cookie bake at Joyce and Jessica’s home! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s November event: Our annual business meeting and dinner at William’s home! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s October event: Ropa vieja and other Cuban delights, courtesy of Fernando! Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

These were amazing! William shared all his secrets, and reiterated his offer to coach us through it in person. Click through for the recipe…You’re welcome!

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Besides being as cute as a button, I found the content of this little girl’s video to be important. Elise decides to do an experiment to see how long it takes a sweet potato placed in a glass of water to grow vines.

Time needed to grow vines for conventionally-grown sweet potatoes, sprayed with “Bud-Nip:” Forever. No vines will grow.

Time needed to grow vines for organic sweet potatoes from the supermarket: After a full month, the potatoes yielded a few “wimpy little vines.”

Time needed to grow about a bajillion hearty vines from organic sweet potatoes from a local certified-organic market: Less than a week, and the vines that have grown are close to taking over the kitchen!

Young Elise goes on to explain that Bud-Nip is the commercial name for common herbicide Chlorpropham, and that it works systemically within the plant, so washing produce treated with Bud-Nip has very little effect on reducing the amount of this chemical that one would presumably consume. Bud-Nip is commonly used on conventionally-grown blueberries, carrots, onions, spinach, tomatoes, beets, and cranberries.

I think young Elise says it the best: “Which potato would YOU rather eat?”

Read about our cooking group’s August event: Easy, breezy summer pasta dinner with Meg and Shawn. Click through to our Kiss the Cooks blog!

Read about our cooking group’s July event: Easy, breezy, beautiful summer fare with Damian and Joyce. Click through to our KTC blog!

Read about our cooking group’s May event: Chocolate adventures with Jessica and Rick. Click through to our KTC blog!

Read about our cooking group’s April event: Homemade Thai food at Frank and Damian’s place. Click through to our KTC blog!


Read about our cooking group’s March event: Pastry dough with Frank and Fernando! Click through to our KTC blog!

William’s Pie Crust

April 12, 2011

Pie Crust (enough dough for one double crust pie)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 6 oz. frozen butter, grated, and then re-frozen
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream

In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, and salt.

Cut in frozen butter (use a pastry blender).

Combine lemon juice and heavy cream.

Add lemon-cream combination by the tablespoon and mix by hand only just until the dough is the right wetness.

Make two discs, wrap and refrigerate about 30 minutes.

Roll out dough, place in pie pan, add filling, cover with top crust, brush with milk and sprinkle sugar on top.

Place in preheated oven at 450 degrees F for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature of oven to about 375 and bake about 45 minutes.

You might want to place the pie/pies on a pan to stop the “juicing over” from messing up your oven.

~William Keegan, March, 2011

I saw a funny tool at a kitchen store the other day. It was marked “Duck Press,” and I assumed it was some kind of old-fashioned tool used to squeeze out more fat from duck skin or something like that. Reasonable assumption, I thought.

In an effort to find the “real” answer (or maybe in part to congratulate myself for having such finely-honed deductive powers!) I did some research, and found I was grossly (emphasis on the ‘gross’ part) mistaken.

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I’ve had this conversation myself (from both sides, I am embarrassed to admit, at some time or another!)… It’s kind of long, but hilarious! “That crap is white water!” ¡Cómo nos engañamos!

Read about our cooking group’s annual cookie bake at Rick and Anne’s house! Click through to our KTC blog.

Read about our cooking group’s annual business meeting at William’s house! Click through to our KTC blog.

Read about our recent tamalada (tamale-making party) at Shawn & Fernando’s house! Click through to our KTC Blog. ¡Buen provecho!

Chocolate Pavlova

October 26, 2010

Recipe from our recent cooking group.

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