It’s Boxing Day!

We don’t celebrate this holiday much anymore. Traditionally, it was when the lord and lady of the manor gave small boxes and the day off to their servants. Gifts were also given to purveyors, like butchers and grocers, and to other service providers like post carriers and taxi cab drivers. Inside the boxes are usually […]

Happy Winter Solstice!

Today is the first day of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere North of the Tropic of Cancer. The tropical zone doesn’t have winter. There are many festivals associated with this holiday. China has a big one. The Winter Festival is full of dumplings and other foods. It’s called the Dongzhi Festival. In many Northern European […]

Happy Independence Day, America!

Enjoy a nice cookout followed by some fireworks displays.

We’re back!

We’ve been away for a while due to many other things happening in our lives. But Autumn is finally here and it’s time to get back to work. So expect more posts very soon.

Garlic Beef Stir Fry

Regular readers of this blog know our fondness for the stir-fry method of cooking. It is quick, easy and can be very flavorful, adjusted to your own taste. Also, stir frying can be applied to a wide range of ingredients. This can easily accommodate a weekly pot of rice. Cook the rice first. While that’s […]

Another Way To Make Really Good Coffee

What we discovered was one of the best cups of coffee we’ve ever had.

Happy Thanksgiving

The big day is here and there’s nothing more you can do to prepare for this big holiday feast. Be sure to enjoy this day. Get out of the kitchen as soon as you can. Enlist the help of your guests to clean up. And remember: it’s not what’s on your table, it’s about the […]

Build a Better Cheeseburger, Make Soup

This soup is rich, with lots of vegetables and cheese.

Thanks for all the fish…

We just wanted loyal readers to know we are still here and will return to our usual schedule of posts very soon. So, keep coming back and see what’s new. OR… Better yet, use the handy subscription form in the right column to get a regular delivery of Hot Stuff, with the latest postings in […]

Summer produce At Its Peak

Corn, tomatoes and zucchini are especially good this time of year.