Which rice cooker to buy

People keep asking me which rice cooker to buy. Unless you spend hundreds of dollars on a rice cooker, I consider them expendable. I use mine for several years and buy a new rice cooker when a better one comes out. I have yet to throw one away. I donate my old ones to a [...]

Don’t heat up your kitchen in the summer

When it’s hot outside, you don’t want to heat up your kitchen with boiling water on the stove. A great way to avoid that is to use your rice cooker any time you would boil something on the stove. You can boil your corn on the cob in your rice cooker. You can hard boil [...]

The spirit of the season

It was so wonderful to be with family over the holidays. I caught myself several times beginning to give “helpful advice” and quickly zipped my lips. Of course the lip zipper didn’t work a few times, but I was better this year than in times past. This year I just enjoyed being with the people [...]

Christmas Dinner

I will cook Christmas dinner for my whole family this year. I’ll cook the mashed potatoes in one rice cooker, veggies in another, and I’ll keep the gravy warm in another. I may even make some fresh cranberry sauce too.

Apples, apples, apples

I love apples. They are in abundance now. Ray and I took a drive out to Front Royal, Virginia, on Sunday. It was a bit cloudy, but the leaves were still beautiful. The rolling hills have patches of yellow, red, and even a bit of green. Fall is lovely here. On the way back, we [...]

Getting what you want

I read an advice column yesterday. The reader was a married woman who longed for her husband to give her flowers. She asked and asked, but her husband dug in his heals and refused to even consider it. The columnist told the woman to stop being so controlling and get over it. I wanted to [...]

Why have just one cutting board?

Some cooks, like my mother, have only one cutting board. I have a bunch. I have plastic ones that go in the dishwasher. I have a wooden one my son made in cub scouts. I have a long, thick wooden one that is carved out to have a shallow basin to catch the juice when [...]


Getting what you need

I just got back from taking my mother to Indiana to visit her sister. I thought traveling with mom would be a pain. Imagine trying to get an elderly woman up those metal creaky stairs into a little airplane. It was just the opposite. We got to Dulles (Washington, DC)  airport and were met with [...]

Perfect kitchen appliance for busy people

What do college students, senior citizens, and busy people have in common? They get distracted when they cook! That’s why the rice cooker is the perfect cooking appliance. It just won’t burn up food. It cooks like mad and then, when it senses that it’s too hot, it shuts down to warm.That’s why I love [...]

Great smelling house

Because I have allergies, especially in the fall, I keep the windows closed all the time.  When the house seems stuffy, I pop some apples (or other fruit) and spices into a rice cooker (see Cinnamon Apples recipe).  Not only does it make the house smell great, it’s great to eat!