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July 15, 2020

Anime or Malaysian style Curry Buns | The Mixing Bowl

Curry buns, sometimes called kare pan, are popular street food sold across Asia from India to Japan. Like a lot of portable food, it can be eaten without utensils or plates making a nice lunch to take to work or on...

Traditional casserole of the Americas

In South America, you would recognize this dish, Pastel de Choclo, as a popular family casserole. To me, it resembles the classic 1950’s American Tamale Pie that appeared at least monthly on the Ringler family dinner table when we lived in Bakersfield....

Lazy morning sticky buns | The Mixing Bowl

Have you ever watched a magician and wondered, “How does she do that?” I feel that way about food. Given the importance of food in our lives, references to it are almost everywhere although if you have ever read a Dan Brown...

The Holy Grail of cornbread | The Mixing Bowl

Somewhere between cake and bread, this loaf is light, sweet and great to serve with soup or toasted for breakfast. It also could be an easy to make and portable contribution to a potluck Thanksgiving Dinner. I have been...

Cashew coconut meatballs with creamy tomato sauce | The Mixing Bowl

By SARAH RINGLER Like many recipes from Christopher Kimball’s cookbook, “Milk Street Tuesday Nights,” the flavors in these meatballs are subtle and original. Ground cashews and chopped cilantro mixed with ground beef form the base of these meatballs. Indian...

Orange cornmeal cake baked in cast iron pan | The Mixing Bowl

This is not your fancy bakery cake, but rather a homey dessert that would work following a light dinner. It resembles sweet cornbread but has orange slices embedded in the top that become caramelized and candied when baked.  Also,...

Old world membrillo, spelt and poppy seed bars | The Mixing Bowl

By SARAH RINGLER Long ago when people ate whole grain foods and sweets came mostly from fruits, cakes like this one evolved and were considered a real treat at this time of year. Its sweetness comes from little jewels...

Big cooking holiday: Stock, stuffing, turkey and gravy

I nervously submit these recipes because so much of the Thanksgiving cooking tradition is passed on through families, as these ones are from mine. I’m just offering suggestions here and bear in mind, it is difficult to offer exact amounts or instructions...

Greek butternut squash and sweet potato moussaka | The Mixing Bowl

This is one hearty, heavy and flavorful casserole with the wonderful, natural, sweet flavors of butternut squash and yams that is buttressed with savory sage, red onions and salty feta cheese. It is a twist on the typical Greek meat and...

Sticky sweets from the Philippines | The Mixing Bowl

I’m dazzled by all the flours that have come onto the markets these days.  As well as the usual wheat, rye, buckwheat, barley and corn, varieties I have never heard of like spelt, teff, amaranth, oat, flaxseed and...
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Rail Trail Santa Cruz County

Transportation advocates touting rail-trail project

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—A group of local transportation organizers is hoping that, within the span of a decade, a passenger rail will run...