Barbara - lucky you to be married to a chef! I do most of the cooking in the colder months because my husband is so good about grilling for us all summer and well into autumn. I've come up with some new dishes, our favorite being a chicken chow mein recipe from the old Nankin Restaurant here in Minneapolis that I found online and tweaked to make a bit healthier for us.
Kathy, we're neighbors! I will absolutely let you know how the new cinnamon Biscoff butter cookies turn out. Every year I try a few from the contest - some make the permanent rotation, some don't. This afternoon I came across a recipe for Cherry Pinwheels I saved from a few years back which I will give a chance this year. It took me a while to figure out the pinwheel shape but I practiced with a 2 x 2 inch piece of paper, feeling quite ridiculous, and I'll think they''ll be yummy too - and pretty!
Sammy - that sounds terrific! You've inspired me to use my cast iron more often. Regarding the white wine vinegar shortage, your guess is probably correct. We still have shortages, too, but it seems to rotate - one week it's tp, the next it's flour, etc. We've learned to adapt.
Nigel - thanks, very interesting. In every church cookbook I've ever looked at there is always at least one "Shipwreck Hot Dish," which is basically throwing whatever you have on hand (cooked meat or poultry, rice, pasta, frozen vegetables, condensed soup, milk or broth, sour cream, grated cheese, whatever) in a casserole dish, cover it with crushed corn flakes, and bake it in a 350 degree oven and hope for the best. The church ladies knew their stuff. It wasn't gourmet but it filled the hole. We benefit from their experience.
Avirosemail - crepes! I'm going to have to check out that video. I've never made them but I surely loved them while in Paris, especially the savory ones.
cj-traveler - Baking rocks! I love it, especially this time of the year. I've been making my grandmother's Swedish Rye Bread since I was a young adult and I'd make it for my Mom several times a year until she left us in 2014. She always hid it from my Dad. I would love to know what new creation you decide to try!