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Tammy Donroe
I am a freelance writer and mother of two with, apparently, too much time on my hands.
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Posted 3 days ago at codeSparrow
Our friend B is from Albuquerque, New Mexico. That means not only does he recognize all of the landmarks in Breaking Bad, but he also makes a mean posole. He makes this spicy pork and hominy stew every year for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
My last two WINTERSWEET book events are coming up, and then I'll finally get to return to being an antisocial shut-in as nature intended. The first is a meet and greet at Kitchen Outfitters in Acton, MA on Saturday 1/17... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
One of my New Year's resolutions for 2014 was to write another book. Obviously that didn't happen or else you would have heard ALL about it, I'm sure. But I did manage to write two book proposals over the course... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
codeSparrow is back, this time with a hugely entertaining book of cryptograms featuring Twitter's funniest comics, including Tim Siedell (@badbanana), Jason Sweeney (@sween), Alice Bradley (@finslippy), and many others. Crack the code for the wittiest one-liners and snarkiest social commentary on the web. The book is scheduled for release in Spring 2016 by Sterling Publishing. Check out past puzzles below (answers are displayed in the comment section). To learn more about the creator of codeSparrow, click here. To follow codeSparrow on Twitter, click here. Cheep, cheep. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at codeSparrow
It's Christmas Eve! Also known as the time you finally remember all the people you forgot to buy gifts for! Wow, that many? You're almost as disorganized as me! Well, don't fret. And don't even think about going to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Do you guys remember those buttermints they used to have at hostess stands at old-school Italian restaurants? God, I love those things. I remember pocketing more than one at a time as a kid—a secret, bonus dessert on my way... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Boy, is time getting away from me these days. I blame the piano. I'm supposed to be holiday shopping and planning the school bake sale on Friday, but instead I'm trying to learn Vince Guaraldi's Christmas repertoire on the piano.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
There were some requests for the dessert recipe I made for Thanksgiving, so here it is. It's one of my favorite special occasion desserts of all time, and it also happens to be gluten-free. It comes from Joanne Chang's first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Last week I bought a piano. It was a bit of an impulse purchase. By that I mean I agonized over whether to buy it for a period of weeks rather than months/years. An 800-pound instrument is maybe not the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I hope everyone had a great long holiday weekend. Above is the 40-pound turkey we had for Thanksgiving. I didn't know turkeys came that big. I only just woke up yesterday from all the tryptophan. Many thanks to the Ms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I was closing up the school garden yesterday, and look what I found. Actual carrots! Remember how I said the deer kept eating the carrot tops all the way down to the ground? Well, I guess they missed a few.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Every time I get a request to give a lecture or demonstration to promote my cookbook, I die a little inside. It's not that I don't want to talk about my book—I love my book! It just means I have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
UGLY FOOD ALERT! I'm on a roll with the brown food lately, but at least I gave you a glinty fork in the background this time so count your blessings. This Anglo-Indian beef stir-fry is a good dish to know:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Parsnip lovers rejoice! My recipe for maple-parsnip cake is in the November 2014 issue of Parents magazine. It's on newsstands now if you're interested in checking it out (picture p. 136, recipe p. 174). What's that you say, you don't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
That's what the kids dubbed last Tuesday's meal: The Dinner of Death. Talk about dramatic. I mean, it's just a bunch of Brussels sprouts, shiitake mushrooms, blue cheese, walnuts, herbs, and some kind of weirdo healthy looking whole grain also... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I don't know about where you are, but 'round here it's nasty outside: windy, cold, and sleeting. Like walking through a carwash that sprays cold applesauce. Here's my advice: stay inside and make something warm, sweet, and cozy. If that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I received a huge quantity of quinces a few weeks ago from the Quince Lady (who I wrote about in my cookbook). This was great news because homemade quince paste is one of my most favorite things to eat in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
This year's school garden saw a mix of success and failure. Many things thrived. The herbs flourished. The sungold tomatoes produced well. The nasturtiums blossomed all summer long. We had at least five pumpkins, though a couple were found smashed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I know, I know, my food styling has regressed to pre-2008 standards. But hungry kids have no patience for all that camera foolishness, and who could blame them? We get lots of tomatillos in our farmshare in the fall, and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Remember how much I hated black walnuts, the wild relatives of regular English walnuts? And how I couldn't imagine anyone putting such a strong, weird flavor into dessert? Well, look what I did: I turned them into dessert! Don't blame... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
I was wandering around the local library the other day following signs for a book sale. When I finally found it, the woman at the table was apologetic: it was the last day and pretty picked over. She seemed worried... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
Here's a cool mushroom I stumbled across last week: a lion's mane or bear's head tooth mushroom (Hericium americanum), a choice edible according to the books. I did not sample it as Husband was away on business and therefore unavailable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
We recently went camping at Cape Cod's Nickerson State Park. The weather was unbelievably gorgeous, an extension of the flawless weather we had all summer: warm, dry, sunny. Such streaks make me feel like we're going to pay come winter.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD
It's almost October, which means two things: 1. It's apple-picking season—get thee to an orchard!! and 2. Time to get your copy of WINTERSWEET down from the highest shelf and start making baked caramel apples, ginger apple cake, and apple... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at FOOD ON THE FOOD