Category Archive Snacks & Goodies

Toffee Matzo Crunch

Toffee Matzo Crunch

If you think matzo is nothing but a flat cracker that pops up this time of year during Passover, think again. Matzo is so much more. You’d be hard pressed to find a tastier cracker to slather butter all over and the best part is the 8-inch crispy square means you only need to eat one to be extremely satisfied. But, it’s also the key ingredient in salted toffee matzo crunch and once you try it, you’ll wish matzo were sold year ‘round. So seize the day and make a batch until the matzos gone until next year.

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Grandmothers Irish Soda Bread

Grandmother's Irish Soda Bread

It’s not actually my grandmother but can’t we all be just a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day? This grandmother is my good friend Maura’s, whose recipe for grandmothers Irish soda bread came on the boat to Ellis Island with her in 1916. Just 16 years old, she left Ireland named Bridget and changed her name to Beatrice because there were too many “Irish Bridgets” in Newark NJ where she settled. Grandmother Beatrice continued to make Irish bread every day like she did back in Ireland in a cast iron skillet over an open fire and eventually an oven. Like any great recipe, Beatrice learned it from her mother who learned it from her mother, making it a 6-generation recipe…and counting! While my grandmother was making matzo balls in another country, I have no doubt if these two home cooks could have miraculously gotten together, they would have been great friends.

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White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

White chocolate peppermint bark screams Christmas. In fact it’s hard to imagine eating the stuff any other time of year and besides you can’t buy candy canes in summertime. So, go raid the white chocolate in the baking aisle and scoop up the last of the candy canes because this winter wonder is just the treat for right now.

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Golden Plum Ginger Jam

Golden Plum Ginger Jam

What’s a home cook to do with too much summer fruit, in this case, yellow plums? Make a quick batch of refrigerator golden plum ginger jam. When it comes to homemade jam, the canning process is what’s daunting, but actually making the jam is a simple combination of cooking fruit and sugar. The result is the best jam you’ve ever tasted. Store in the fridge and it will last for months, if it lasts that long.

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Cheesy Basil Garlic Bread

Cheesy Basil Garlic Bread

If you’re like Secrets of a Home Cook, you’re grill is on a lot right now. In the blazing summer, it’s much more fun and much less hassle to leave the heat, the cooking to the great outdoors. So, why not throw a doctored-up loaf of cheesy basil garlic bread on the grill while you’re at it? With a few basic ingredients like olive oil, garlic, herbs and cheese, you can turn your favorite bread into something unforgettable. The secret? Pick up a freshly baked loaf. You probably already have everything else.

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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce

There’s nothing wrong with last minute Valentine’s if you don’t mind spending a few minutes in the kitchen whipping up the best homemade salted caramel sauce ever. Not only is it tasty and luscious poured on almost any sweat treat, there are only four ingredients and you probably already have them in your kitchen. So, don’t delay.

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