Chapter 1 “BILBO’S PANTRY”


Making Mincemeat…

Making Mincemeat…


Posted By on May 5, 2016

…out of “Bofur’s Mince Pie” When I was researching my original cookbook, I discovered that your basic traditional mincemeat pie was (of course, duh) made partially of meat. It usually had large amounts of beef suet as well, which was something I had usually relegated to bird feeders. I came across a recipe and made some modifications, which really means I omitted the meat and suet. However, the amount of...

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New Emoji…

New Emoji…


Posted By on Apr 17, 2016

and “Bifur’s Raspberry Jam and Apple-Tart” In general, I 🙂 the new Facebook emoji.  My newspaper ran this cartoon, however, and I think it really does represent what perhaps many of us would 🙂 to see as emoji: For years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Lately, it’s been mostly frustration. It seems it has become the place where relatively interesting people go to become boring. I have a...

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“Cheddar Sage Scones”

“Cheddar Sage Scones”


Posted By on Apr 4, 2016

From “The Hobbit”—Bilbo’s Pantry Some of the dwarves demolish Bilbo’s beautiful round seed-cakes (see my previous post) and are now “starting on a round of buttered scones.” The furious and “altogether bewildered and bewuthered” Bilbo now takes requests from all the dwarves and Gandalf, who, Bilbo suspects, “Seems to know as much about the inside of my larders as I do...

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The Oscar Rush…

The Oscar Rush…


Posted By on Mar 17, 2016

…and a “Beautiful Round Seed-Cake” Aside from the obvious controversy that (rightfully) loomed over this year’s Oscars, I thought the show was pretty average. It was filled with gorgeous dresses, some rather flat jokes, some very smart female comic actresses making very unfortunate jokes (yes, I’m talking about Sarah Silverman and my favorite, Tina Fey), as well as some charming moments and well-deserved...

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Serious Moonlight…

Serious Moonlight…


Posted By on Mar 4, 2016

…and “Shire Seasoning.” As usual, I’ve spent way too much time brooding about my blog and not actually writing anything in it. Then I was looking at old blogs, and I figured it was time to do a little purge of old stuff. All this brooding and purging led me to return to my roots and my original cookbook, which I still love. I felt I don’t blog enough, I don’t have any sort of regular schedule, blah,...

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