Author Archive | Barr

Fantastic Fannie


The original Fanny Farmer, born Mary Watson Merritt, is best known for having standardized American cooking measurements . Instead of “1 teacup full” and “a pat of butter the size of an egg” she designed our current system of cups, teaspoons, tablespoons.  She was a reluctant student of the Boston School of Cooking and later became […]

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Rice Done Right


                  I have to confess that I love kitchen gadgets;   I am likely to test drive any gadget that has the potential to do something better, faster, and in this case free up stove top space. My favorite new gadget is my Rival Rice Cooker. I have a small one […]

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Pasta Pronto


          Mom’s Pasta Sauce is one of the best prepared sauces out there. Each year, the makers of Mom’s contract to purchase tomatoes from one California farmer. The result is an incredibly consistent sauce with intense, sun-ripe flavor.  It is as good as homemade. There are pieces of whole garlic and large basil leaves […]

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Barilla Plus – Stealth Health


Barilla Plus was developed by a man who visited 250 families and was appalled by the fact that children were eating plain pasta with butter on it. He decided that he would develop a pasta that would actually deliver some nutrition so that the kids would get some fiber and protein and other whole grain […]

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