The Villain in the Ocean is The Star in the Kitchen. It’s All About Octopus… September 22, 2017 - Don’t skip past this post. I know, the idea of cooking an octopus is something straight out of a comedy or in some cases a horror movie, but done correctly this sea creature goes from villain to shear deliciousness to the point it could can compete with more favored sea treats like shrimp and lobster. … Continue reading The Villain in the Ocean is The Star in the Kitchen. It’s All About Octopus…
Homemade Tomato Paste, The True Gold of Summer Gardens September 13, 2017 - I had grown up all my life thinking I knew what a tomato tasted like. You know, those red things in grocery stores. You slice into them, which is tricky in and of its self, and they are kinda light in color and even at times a bit mealy. Maybe they are the smaller oval … Continue reading Homemade Tomato Paste, The True Gold of Summer Gardens
The “Peanut Butter Cup” Cake September 12, 2017 - I make a lot of cake. My obsession with cake started over twenty years ago when I was in my early teens. Quite honestly I think cake has always been a fascination to me. Even before I got into it my mom made cakes for special occasions all the time and I can still remember … Continue reading The “Peanut Butter Cup” Cake
Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts September 8, 2017 - Anyone who knows me knows I love to bake. My obsession started with cake decorating, then quickly shifted focus to chocolate chip cookies and now knows no limits… OK, well I still don’t sculpt sugar or chocolate. So when a new cookbook comes out about baking I think “been there, done that”. There never seems … Continue reading Bravetart: Iconic American Desserts
Good Pickles Come to Those Who Wait… September 7, 2017 - I absolutely love a great sour dill pickle. I have tried and failed to make them myself many times. Each time I pick a new recipe that looks promising and then somewhere from when the fermentation begins and the pickle is bitten into it looses everything I love in a good pickle… The crunch. If … Continue reading Good Pickles Come to Those Who Wait…
Broccoli and Beef, a Great Combination August 28, 2017 - I can remember whenever my family when to the local Chinese Restaraunt my dad would always order Broccoli Beef as one of the dishes to share. This worked well as I would eat all the beef and my sister would eat all the broccoli. This dish for me is quite nostalgic. So when I saw … Continue reading Broccoli and Beef, a Great Combination
Cauliflower I Would Eat Every Day August 24, 2017 - A while back I got a cookbook called Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables. Part of what had prompted getting this book was my husbands loving but repetitive “we need to eat more vegetables”. What you need to know was that I was cooking with lots of vegetables but they often weren’t the star … Continue reading Cauliflower I Would Eat Every Day
Shrimp and Tofu Thai Green Curry August 16, 2017 - My husband and I love Thai. Being that we live in rural Iowa good Thai means making it at home, so for the last 3 years I have been working on my Thai Green Curry dish and I think I have finally found my perfect recipe and technique. Before I get into that I need … Continue reading Shrimp and Tofu Thai Green Curry
Mediterranean Chicken with Zucchini and Mushrooms August 10, 2017 - Expanding your skills can lead to new and more interesting dishes and meals for the family. Three years ago I thought of myself as an OK cook and a pretty decent baker. Recipes didn’t scare me off and I was willing to try anything. So when I saw a recipe in Fine Cooking Magazine (issue … Continue reading Mediterranean Chicken with Zucchini and Mushrooms
Sous Vide Cod with Beluga Lentils, Squid Ink, and a Seared Side Salad August 4, 2017 - I should warn you now you are going to be reading a lot of future posts about sous vide. This may seem like some many modernist cuisine technique that you’re not interested in but you’d be surprised to learn that this cooking technique will not only wow everyone you cook for but ensures perfect results … Continue reading Sous Vide Cod with Beluga Lentils, Squid Ink, and a Seared Side Salad
Peaches ‘n’ Cream Cake August 3, 2017 - When we think of cake we think of the classics. There’s plain or vanilla cake, there’s chocolate, there’s spice cakes, there’s carrot cake, there’s even red velvet cake but why stop there. Once you find a good cake recipe why not flavor it with whatever tickles your fancy? Well I am doing just that. To … Continue reading Peaches ‘n’ Cream Cake
Capturing the Essence of Spring June 29, 2017 - I spend a lot of time thinking about food. More specifically ingredients. I want the best. Who doesn’t? On problem is the cost. High quality ingredients cost more. One way to help with this is knowing when they are in season and where they are grown. If you can buy produce in season from a … Continue reading Capturing the Essence of Spring
Learning to Love Vegetables All Over Again… June 22, 2017 - In an effort to eat healthier without “dieting” my husband and I have been talking a lot about vegetables. Now, anyone who knows me will tell you I don’t like vegetables. Well, here’s the funny thing, I have learned and I continue to learn it’s not that I don’t like them it’s that I don’t … Continue reading Learning to Love Vegetables All Over Again…
Quite Possibly the Perfect Gym Smoothie June 21, 2017 - So this post is going to be a bit different. I need to start with some background and personal information but to keep you reading I need to tell you this smoothie is dairy-free and sugar-free! Curious? Then please keep reading. I should also add that a high-power blender is beneficial for this recipe but … Continue reading Quite Possibly the Perfect Gym Smoothie
Jackfruit, a Tropical Treat June 20, 2017 - When summer was approaching I knew I wanted to focus on the flavors of all of the delicious melons. Nothing says summer to me like watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew as I wrote in my post about the fruit bowls this got me thinking about a fantastic breakfast we had in Bali. That in turn lead … Continue reading Jackfruit, a Tropical Treat
Tropical Hummingbird Layer Cake June 19, 2017 - Thumbing through “Bake from Scratch” Magazine I came across a recipe for a Tropical Hummingbird Cake. This grabbed my attention right away. The original “Humming Bird Cake” was something the made a big splash in the 70’s. The actual origins are a bit of an unknown as there are a few different sources that claim … Continue reading Tropical Hummingbird Layer Cake
The Power of Food June 16, 2017 - I have been going through a lot of rough personal issues recently, which combined with getting our garden in and the crazy weather we’re having here in the midwest, has been keeping me from blogging. Yesterday however, I was out mowing our acreage thinking about life and everything I am going through right now. Then … Continue reading The Power of Food
Fool Proof Poached Eggs, but There’s a Catch… It’s All About Sous Vide. June 8, 2017 - So back in October when I started blogging I wrote a post: There’s more than one way to poach and egg. It was yet another hack and trick which used the microwave. This worked somewhat OK but was inconsistent at best and left a lot to be desired. At that point I was happy enough … Continue reading Fool Proof Poached Eggs, but There’s a Catch… It’s All About Sous Vide.
Mediterranean Salad with Squid, Feta, and Olives June 7, 2017 - Before we even begin I need to give a HUGE disclaimer… this is done “sous vide” using a Joule by Chef Steps. You can cook the squid other ways for this salad if you don’t have the ability to sous vide it but the recipe was written using this particular technique.
Bali Inspired, Tropical Fruit Bowls with Homemade Granola June 6, 2017 - Breakfast was never anything I was big on. Well, let me clarify… first thing in the morning trying to come up with anything interesting to eat was the furthest thing from my mind. If we happened to be on vacation or out and about early sure eating always sounded great and I do love many … Continue reading Bali Inspired, Tropical Fruit Bowls with Homemade Granola
I Have Been Cooking Lobster Wrong All This Time… June 1, 2017 - This week I set out to make Braised Rabbit, Shrimp, and Lobster Rice Stew out of Jose Garces’ cookbook The Latin Road home. This is a recipe that has many parts. One of the pieces to it was to cook lobster tails and/or claws according to his recipe Poached and Seared Main Lobster. This recipe … Continue reading I Have Been Cooking Lobster Wrong All This Time…
Chicken Pho May 31, 2017 - My husband absolutely loves Pho. So when I heard Andrea Nguyen interviewed on Splendid Table about her cookbook, The Pho Cookbook: Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam’s Favorite Soup and Noodles, I knew this was a must buy cookbook. Although it’s not the most well written cookbook I have ever seen it gives you huge … Continue reading Chicken Pho
The Best Things Come to Those Who Wait… May 26, 2017 - So I have had this image in my head for a while now of a perfect fried chicken dinner. One with juicy well seasoned pieces of chicken, a nice creamy coleslaw, and tender biscuits. The problem was I have never made fried chicken before. I have seen it done a few times but the results … Continue reading The Best Things Come to Those Who Wait…
Motivation May 18, 2017 - I was recently asked, “What is your motivation to make everything so beautiful for just two people?” Since then, I have been thinking a lot about this. There are the short easy answers. “It’s just who I am.” But that doesn’t answer the question. Those who might ask obviously don’t have the same drive that … Continue reading Motivation
Herby, Creamy Dressing May 17, 2017 - Learning to make your own condiments is a big part of eating healthier. Most commercial products are packed full of chemicals, preservative, artificial flavoring, and sugars. One that has become a American staple is “Ranch Dressing”. Americans will eat this on just about anything but making a homemade version is tricky. There are tons of … Continue reading Herby, Creamy Dressing
Beginning of my Summer Menu Planning May 17, 2017 - With summer only being weeks away it’s time to think about what are the flavors and influences of the season. Summer and Fall are probably my favorite seasons to cook. There is so much bounty it can be a daunting task to try to focus in on the flavors that showcase the season best but … Continue reading Beginning of my Summer Menu Planning
A Boozey Blondie. Adding Depth to this Perfect Treat. May 16, 2017 - My favorite sweet treat is a chewy chocolate chip cookie. A close second? The blondie. This is essentially a cookie in bar form. However, as easy of an idea it might sound it is far from easy. The issue is getting it fully cooked without over cooking the sides.
A Work in Progress… Another Step in Perfecting My Lasagna… May 15, 2017 - Lasagna is not a hard thing to make, but that said it’s a hard thing to perfect. It’s often either the simplest or most familiar dishes that are ones that can take a life time to perfect so each time I make headway on a dish I want to make my own I am going … Continue reading A Work in Progress… Another Step in Perfecting My Lasagna…
Red Cooked Chicken with Chestnuts April 29, 2017 - This dish caught my eye early on in the spring season. Yet again Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees offered another unique flavor combination that I couldn’t pass up. With having been using chestnuts through the holiday season I became fascinated on how to use these both in sweet and savory applications. So when I encountered … Continue reading Red Cooked Chicken with Chestnuts
How to Have Home Cooked Meals When My Husband is Out of Town for Work… April 29, 2017 - It’s not often anymore that my husband has to travel for work but when he does I still want to have enjoyable meals. This is hard enough when feeding only two people but gets even harder when trying to feed just myself. What I need are meals that are fully cooked (cause I don’t want … Continue reading How to Have Home Cooked Meals When My Husband is Out of Town for Work…
Lunch, a Delightful Balance Between Jewish and Chinese Flavors in Schnitzel Bao! April 28, 2017 - When looking for a lunch for this week I was drawn to another Molly Yeh recipe. It was for Schnitzel Bao with Sriracha Mayo and Sesame Pickles. In her recipe she shaped her bao into something that resembled more of a taco but being short on time and not having much luck with the shaping … Continue reading Lunch, a Delightful Balance Between Jewish and Chinese Flavors in Schnitzel Bao!
Tart, Sweet, and a Little Unexpected… The Perfect Spring Cake April 26, 2017 - As any follower of my blog knows, we eat a lot of cake here at our house. To keep it interesting I am always looking for a seasonal slant on cake. This means I am always keeping my eyes open for any new and or interesting cakes in all of the food blogs and cookbooks … Continue reading Tart, Sweet, and a Little Unexpected… The Perfect Spring Cake
Not Your Average Matzo Ball Soup… April 25, 2017 - Becoming a good cook is all about the basics. I would say if you’re wanting to work on your cooking skills start with chicken stock. Learning to make a good chicken stock will change so many of your dishes and will give you a depth of flavor that no store bought version can offer. If … Continue reading Not Your Average Matzo Ball Soup…
Flash-Fried Lamb with Leeks and Sichuan Crisp Fried Mushrooms April 24, 2017 - Breaking out the deep-fryer… This weekends Asian inspired dinner showcases some great reasons why everyone should have a deep-fryer in their kitchen arsenal. When most people think of deep-fried foods they think it’s drenched in oil, super fatty, and bad for you. Though there are good reasons for this the concept of cooking submerged in … Continue reading Flash-Fried Lamb with Leeks and Sichuan Crisp Fried Mushrooms
Quick and Easy, Coconut Macaroons April 21, 2017 - A favorite tradition of mine during Passover is coconut macaroons. This are not the fiddly Parisian almond treats but instead this mountain of coconut. The tradition is one that my grandfather started, well, at least to the best of my recollection. When he started attending our family Seder he would always come with a can … Continue reading Quick and Easy, Coconut Macaroons
Chicken Caesar Salad April 20, 2017 - Last week was so busy with Passover I never got to posting about my go-to lunch for the week of Passover. This lunch is quick and easy and the only special equipment you need is a good blender. Word to the wise: If you are going to be spending time around people after eating it … Continue reading Chicken Caesar Salad
Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad April 18, 2017 - Some might call it a chopped salad. Some might call it a chef salad. This weeks lunch is definitely one of my favorites. When my husband and I started trying to eat healthy this was the first thing I made as a “take to work lunch”. The key for making these ahead and keeping it … Continue reading Everything But the Kitchen Sink Salad
Easter and Passover: How to Celebrate Both Through Food Without Overdoing It. April 17, 2017 - I was raised in a Christian household but we also celebrated some of the big Jewish holidays. We even went through a period of celebrating the sabbath every week. Depending on the time of year it seemed like there was either a heavier emphasis on my Christian upbringing, say like Christmas, or my Jewish heritage, … Continue reading Easter and Passover: How to Celebrate Both Through Food Without Overdoing It.
Busted Braided Bread No More! Troubleshooting a Recipe with Tremendous Success! April 17, 2017 - The idea seemed simple enough. Make a enriched dough add some amazing flavors. Complete the loaf with braiding and baking. What could go wrong? Well how about everything. It started with the best of intensions. I was going to make a special bread for easter. Time kept getting away from me but I was confident … Continue reading Busted Braided Bread No More! Troubleshooting a Recipe with Tremendous Success!
Rustic and Elegant: My Passover Salad April 14, 2017 - When looking for a new Passover salad I quickly discovered a huge gap in cookbooks. Where are all the salads to compliment a dinner. There are tons of recipes for salads that are meant to be a meal but where are the ones meant to be a side salad or the salad corse of a … Continue reading Rustic and Elegant: My Passover Salad
A Delicious Disaster April 13, 2017 - For those of you who don’t think I have kitchen disasters let me just put that misconception to rest. I, like the rest of you, have failures in the kitchen. Ok, so you’re looking at the featured image and thinking “that doesn’t look like a disaster to me”, well hang on because it’s all headed … Continue reading A Delicious Disaster
A Modern Twist on a Timeless Classic: The Seder Plate April 12, 2017 - For over 30 years I have looked at the Seder plate and wondered why we don’t eat everything on it. If it’s about symbolism and reverence what better way to create a lasting memory than with flavor. Our ability to remember something from a smell or taste is truly remarkable. The taste, the smell, the … Continue reading A Modern Twist on a Timeless Classic: The Seder Plate
Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Beitzah with Karpas April 12, 2017 - On the Seder plate there are two items. The romaine lettuce or “Karpas” and the roasted hard-boiled egg or “Beitzah” of the two typically you only eat the Karpas. This is actually the first thing you eat during the Seder. It is dipped into a bowl of salt water. The salt water dripping off the … Continue reading Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Beitzah with Karpas
Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Zeroa April 12, 2017 - On the Seder plate this would be the shank bone. I grew up in one the the families that treated it as something not eaten or handled. However in Jewish culture that was not always the case. The shank bone came from the time of the lamb being offered to the Jewish Temple as the … Continue reading Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Zeroa
Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Chazeret with Matzo April 11, 2017 - The horseradish sandwich. This strikes strong memories for anyone in my family and/or anyone who has attended our families Seder. Here’s the idea if you’re not familiar… The leader of the Seder will take a piece of matzo from the three stacked on the table. Then they will break it up in to bite sized … Continue reading Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Chazeret with Matzo
Ras El Hanout Crusted Leg of Lamb April 11, 2017 - This years Passover meal was not only a huge success but it was also completely overhauled. Recently I read an article by Jeffrey Yoskowitz (co author of The Gefilte Manifesto) titled Don’t Make Passover Too Easy. Not only was this a fantastic read but the overarching sentiment is to embrace the traditions and foods of Passovers … Continue reading Ras El Hanout Crusted Leg of Lamb
Tzibbele Vegetable Kugel with Spice Blends April 11, 2017 - Kugel. What is it? It seems like there’s every flavor of kugel imaginable. There are sweet kugels and there are savory kugels. For all account farfel was introduced about 800 years ago to the mix by the Germans; then eventually eggs were added. From there it continued to grow and evolve. Essentially kugel is an … Continue reading Tzibbele Vegetable Kugel with Spice Blends
To Buy or Not To Buy Matzo, That is the Question… April 10, 2017 - When thinking about todays post I was thinking about all the things I have been prepping for days. Sauces, fillings, stocks, schmaltz are just a few things I have been working on. However, those of us who grew up with the tradition of Passover and/or a full on Seder all have one thing in common, … Continue reading To Buy or Not To Buy Matzo, That is the Question…
Pizza Night Just Got A Makeover! April 8, 2017 - One of the keys to surviving putting a homemade meal on the table every single night is to not have to cook every single night. There are a few ways to do this. One is to make a large meal at the beginning of the week and serve it throughout the week and the other … Continue reading Pizza Night Just Got A Makeover!
Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Charoset April 6, 2017 - I would think that every Jewish household that does a Seder has their own take on Charoset. The base that most will agree on is a mixture of apples and nuts but it can be so much more than that. Growing up our mixture was apple, nuts, and grape juice. There’s something about this sweet … Continue reading Seder Plate Amuse Bouche: Charoset
Pressure Cooker Lamb Stock April 6, 2017 - When people thinking of stock they will usually just grab a box from the store or throw a cube into some water. This is fine if you’re pinched for time or are still working on building up your skill set but stocks play a critical role in cooking. They are the base flavor to your … Continue reading Pressure Cooker Lamb Stock
Falafel Fattoush: The Perfect Spring Salad April 5, 2017 - Salads are a tricky business. The idea should be… hmm, could be… how about, ought to be… healthy. Yet once you load them up with all the toppings the “healthy” aspect has kinda gone out the window. I should interject here that if you’re not wanting a healthy salad then go for the good stuff! … Continue reading Falafel Fattoush: The Perfect Spring Salad
Shepherd’s Pie: A Complex Recipe That Offers Exquisite Taste and Texture April 4, 2017 - You can not have a spring dinner that features lamb without at some point having shepherd’s pie. So this week dinner was just that but this is no quick 30 minute meal. This is time consuming, this is painstaking patience, this is indulgence. However in my opinion it’s worth every bit of it and who … Continue reading Shepherd’s Pie: A Complex Recipe That Offers Exquisite Taste and Texture
Shulchan Orech: Passover Style April 3, 2017 - One of the things I love about special event dinners is setting the table. I love this so much I have coined the term “tablescaping” primarily because it’s so much more than just setting the table. It’s about height, scale, proportion, theme, and balance of color. So when as Passover was approaching quickly on the … Continue reading Shulchan Orech: Passover Style
Lemon Debutante Cake April 3, 2017 - I am on a journey to learn more cakes, to learn new techniques, and to end up with at least a dozen different cakes that all taste equally amazing but where do you start? For years I had been doing a white cake that included white chocolate in the batter. I enjoy this cake but … Continue reading Lemon Debutante Cake
Miso Lime Chicken Salad March 31, 2017 - A couple years ago I a renewed inspiration in my passion of cooking and baking. With this renewed focus I started purchasing cookbooks in heaps. One of the first books I got was one called Keepers by Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion. The concept is quite clever it’s recipes are all “keepers” ones that as … Continue reading Miso Lime Chicken Salad
Kurdish Fried Chicken with Black Rice and Kerchief Flatbreads from Kurdistan March 30, 2017 - Dinner this week I again turned to Taste of Persia. It was made of three main components chicken, rice and bread. Sounds simple enough but it wasn’t without it’s challenges. There was some scratching of the head and even a bit of harsh language directed at the recipes but in the end it was another … Continue reading Kurdish Fried Chicken with Black Rice and Kerchief Flatbreads from Kurdistan
Aronofsky Creations 2017 Passover Menu March 29, 2017 - I have been running behind on my post of what I have been cooking this week. Fear not, I will get caught up. I have some fun dishes to write about. What’s been keeping me too busy to post is finalizing my Passover menu. This meal of all the ones I do throughout the year … Continue reading Aronofsky Creations 2017 Passover Menu
Next to NO Waste, Menu Planning and Time Management are Key. March 28, 2017 - If the saying goes “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”, then I would posit “give a home cook all the ingredients in a box to make a single meal and you feed him for the night; teach … Continue reading Next to NO Waste, Menu Planning and Time Management are Key.
The Secret of Blueberry Muffins is All in The Topping March 27, 2017 - Blueberry muffins are a sensory memory for me that go quite aways back. When I was a kid and we would go visit my maternal grandparents.The first morning we were there my grandmother always made a batch of blueberry muffins. It was something right out of a Norman Rockwell painting to wake up to the … Continue reading The Secret of Blueberry Muffins is All in The Topping
My Tips for Eliminating Food Waste. March 24, 2017 - So this morning I woke to a post on thekitchn.com titled “This is how much you should really be spending on food and groceries”. Then in my Facebook feed there was “4 reasons why Martha & Marley Spoon is America’s best meal kit”. These both play into a growing trend I am seeing on social … Continue reading My Tips for Eliminating Food Waste.
Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Quinoa Tabbouleh March 23, 2017 - I discovered this recipe in Williams Sonoma’s cookbook Two in the Kitchen. In it they have a whole section on “Supper for Two”. This is an invaluable section of any cookbook. Being that it’s just my husband and myself I am always grateful for recipes that are tailored for two but these recipes are also … Continue reading Moroccan Lamb Burgers with Quinoa Tabbouleh
Roasted Chicken with Barley and Vegetables March 22, 2017 - If you have read my blog you know I am a huge fan of The Gefilte Manifesto. Not many cookbooks can have hit after hit. I am usually happy with a cookbook if I get 3-4 successful recipes. With this book though I have yet to have a miss. I am up to eight amazing … Continue reading Roasted Chicken with Barley and Vegetables
Braised Lamb with Jujubes… No, Not the Candy… March 21, 2017 - Anyone who wants to know why I cook so many regions just needs to look in my pantry and in my spice drawer. Being able to go from Ashkenazi to Persian, then Chinese, to German, and on and on keeps the meals as well as the preparation interesting and exciting. So when I came across … Continue reading Braised Lamb with Jujubes… No, Not the Candy…
Tips and a New(ish) Recipe For a Better Waffle March 20, 2017 - Getting from point A to point B is never a straight line. There’s a journey. Being able to look back on that journey and see all the turning points can be fun and interesting to see how small things lead to big changes. This waffle recipe was one of those things.
Double Checking What You Bought, Menu Planning (Part 4) March 19, 2017 - Just over a month ago I wrote a post about putting away your groceries. As part of my new shopping strategy I am trying to take more control over my food budget by buying all the meat I need for the months meals all at once. Yesterday I made my monthly trek to St. Paul … Continue reading Double Checking What You Bought, Menu Planning (Part 4)
Rosewater & Pistachio Vanilla Cake March 17, 2017 - Yesterday I wrote a post about my struggle to produce my latest cake. The goal was a harmonious blend of rose, pistachio, strawberry and vanilla. After struggling with my cake batter and then again with my buttercream I was feeling defeated. Then, last night I just into it for the first time and boy was … Continue reading Rosewater & Pistachio Vanilla Cake
Successes and Failures, But In The End There Was Cake… March 16, 2017 - One of the things I love to do in the kitchen is revision a recipe, adjusting the flavors, or presenting the final dish in a new and exciting way. So when we were wrapping up with the Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Icing I started giving thought as to how I wanted to approach the next … Continue reading Successes and Failures, But In The End There Was Cake…
This Weeks Lunch? Chicken Tacos with Kale and Salsa Verde! March 15, 2017 - Last week for much we I made Lamb Barbacoa. The dish was complex and delicious so this week I opted for a different direction. Chicken Tacos. These were simple and took minimal work but what they lacked for in complexity in technique in making them they made up for in taste.
Hands Down the Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese I Have Ever Had… March 15, 2017 - It seems like everyone has some twist on homemade mac and cheese. It wasn’t until I stumbled across this recipe in Heston Blumenthal at Home that I knew I was going to have to try my hand at making one. What got me was the name. Cauliflower Mac ‘n’ Cheese. This did NOT sound good … Continue reading Hands Down the Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese I Have Ever Had…
A Middle Eastern Culinary Adventure March 14, 2017 - About a month ago, knowing that spring was coming, I started giving thought to the meats I would be working with, being lamb and chicken. Chicken was going to be easy enough to come up with ample recipes but I knew lamb would be more of a challenge, not because it’s not versatile but because … Continue reading A Middle Eastern Culinary Adventure
Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies March 13, 2017 - I love cookies. Well, I should be fair. I love a nice soft chewy chocolate chip cookie. It’s actually to blame for me getting into cooking. Sure watching my mom meticulously decorate cakes and then later trying it myself satisfied the artist in me, but cookies were the “gateway drug” into the world of cooking. … Continue reading Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cumin Beef with Sweet & Sour Zucchini March 9, 2017 - When trying to figure out a realistic menu plan I was constantly stumped with the weekends. Saturday’s we spend the day shopping for the coming week and are gone a good chunk of the day. Then Sunday’s were doing most of the food prep for the coming weeks lunches and dinners. So cooking even more … Continue reading Cumin Beef with Sweet & Sour Zucchini
Lamb Like You’ve Never Had It Before March 8, 2017 - Growing up with Jewish traditions, the Passover Seder was like our Thanksgiving. It was always a big to-do and the meal was always the same. Lamb. Lamb roasted over hot coals through the entire seder so you had this waft of amazing meat cooking, charring, and smoking making you eager for dinner. Lamb was always … Continue reading Lamb Like You’ve Never Had It Before
Kamut Oatmeal with Rose Mallow & Strawberry March 7, 2017 - In my husbands efforts for a healthier living and digestion started looking to whole grains for breakfast. Since breakfast wasn’t something I normally ate he just made it “functional food” meaning he would cook a big pot of grains with some nuts and dried fruit along with some chia and flax meal. He would package … Continue reading Kamut Oatmeal with Rose Mallow & Strawberry
The One Pot Dinner You Have To Try. March 7, 2017 - Chicken, prunes, and carrots doesn’t sound particularly interesting or appetizing but let me stop you right there. This is maybe one of the best dishes I have ever had. What is amazing is that it’s super simple but there’s a trick to this being stunning. Trick number one, the best ingredients you can source. Trick … Continue reading The One Pot Dinner You Have To Try.
Stuffed Flank Steak with Bell Peppers and Spring Onions March 3, 2017 - What’s for dinner in the final week of beef? How about one last roulade. Yeah, I know I have been kinda stuck on roulades but they are a fun way to dress up an ordinary piece of meat. For this dinner it all starts with a flank steak that’s been marinaded. Next, you make a mixture … Continue reading Stuffed Flank Steak with Bell Peppers and Spring Onions
Pastrami on Rye! March 2, 2017 - You can almost hear it being shouted in a Jewish deli. You can make this as a traditional sandwich or an open faced sandwich but it’s as simple as a thick slice of rye bread some spicy mustard and then layer after layer of pastrami. I mean really, does it get any better? When I … Continue reading Pastrami on Rye!
Bread. Crusty. Chewy. Slightly Sour. Bringing Rye Back to the MainStream. March 1, 2017 - Bread. It’s all bad carbs. Don’t eat it! We hear this all the time. I turn 40 this year and was just in seeing my doctor today for a routine check up. Of corse I get the lecture again about cutting out or at least down the amount of carbs I eat. So I asked … Continue reading Bread. Crusty. Chewy. Slightly Sour. Bringing Rye Back to the MainStream.
Home-cured Pastrami March 1, 2017 - Maybe my all time favorite meat is pastrami. There’s something about the flavor of the beef, the strong seasoned crust, and the smokiness. What I find interesting is that it’s not well known to most, nor is it the superstar in sandwich meat category that I think it should be but I think I am … Continue reading Home-cured Pastrami
English Muffins, It’s All About Technique. February 28, 2017 - English muffins, this breakfast bun dates back to the turn of the 20th century and was brought over to the US by a immigrant from the UK. Over the years it has evolved to what we buy in the stores today but if you’re feeling empowered, willing to get a little messy, and can put … Continue reading English Muffins, It’s All About Technique.
Chocolate Cake, Raspberry Icing, Does It Get Any Better Than That? February 27, 2017 - “I eat cake every single morning. I go into the bakery, I pour a cup of coffee, and I have a piece of cake… and I don’t ever want to wake up any other way.” – Chef Owner Meg Ray or Miette Bakery in San Francisco.
Crab Cakes… Brunch, Lunch, or Appetizer… They Don’t Disappoint! February 26, 2017 - I love a good crab cake. The problem is in finding one. Most often crab cakes come out dry, dense, and or disappointing. It seems like all too often they end up resembling something more like a hockey puck of over processed ingredients rather than the treat they really are. For me the perfect crab … Continue reading Crab Cakes… Brunch, Lunch, or Appetizer… They Don’t Disappoint!
Why Rye? Depth of Flavor! February 24, 2017 - Rye Bread. Is there anything more Jewish? OK, maybe Matzo Ball Soup, but rye bread is right up there with it. At the turn of the 20th century Jews were immigrating to America in large numbers. They were looking for a fresh start and many found that in the boom of the delicatessen. With them … Continue reading Why Rye? Depth of Flavor!
The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices February 22, 2017 - Spices. What was the first thing that came to mind? Was it heat? Zing? A jolt? Was it curry or other middle eastern dishes doused in heavy colorful sauces? Maybe it was as simple as the word spicy. Maybe your mind went to chili and South American and Mexican dishes. Don’t feel bad this is … Continue reading The Spice Companion: A Guide to the World of Spices
French Toast February 21, 2017 - You may have seen my post about homemade challah this morning. In it I mentioned making fresh toast out of it. If you’re interested in how I do that this is my recipe slightly altered from Alton Brown.
Kamut & Millet Challah February 21, 2017 - Growing up in a Jewish household was interesting. Although my dad was not a practicing Jew at the time the traditions and foods were always part of our life for as long as I can remember. Maybe the most memorable was challah. This braided egg bread is packed full of flavor.
Homemade Cracker Jacks?! February 20, 2017 - So over the weekend I happened to stumble across a recipe on Food52.com for homemade cracker jacks. This to me is about as American as apple pie and hot dogs. Whether you grew up with actual cracker jacks, knock offs or things like Fiddle Faddle this treat is easy to make and just as delicious.
Reinventing a Recipe. An Update to Surf and Turf. February 17, 2017 - A couple years ago I came across a recipe in Cuisine at Home for Stuffed Filet Mignon Oscar with Crabmeat Filling. I made this recipe as my alternative Thanksgiving. I had been looking for something that would be “special” enough to take the place of the classic dinner. The meal was fantastic but was too … Continue reading Reinventing a Recipe. An Update to Surf and Turf.
The Gordita Reinvisioned February 16, 2017 - When my husband and I decided to get in shape and start eating better we looked at what foods we love and if there were options to make them healthier at home. Well, spoiler alert, almost anything you make at home will be healthier than if you order out. One of the things we loved … Continue reading The Gordita Reinvisioned
Final Batch of Winter Oatmeal, What’s Next? February 15, 2017 - Starting last fall I began crafting season breakfasts, more specifically oatmeals. In fall there was a Quinoa Oatmeal with Persimmons and Pears and in winter there was Teff Oatmeal with Chocolate, Chestnuts, and Winter Fruits. With winter wrapping up this month (for seasonal cooking I use a 4 quarter calendar rather than the “official” start … Continue reading Final Batch of Winter Oatmeal, What’s Next?
Slow-Cooked or Stir-Fried, This Meal was a Perfect Weekend Treat February 15, 2017 - Have you ever heard of tofu “bamboo”? How about dried shrimp? I hadn’t either. This is one of the many aspects I love about cooking asian dishes. I put together my grocery list from the recipes I selected and then head off the the Asian Food Store. There I wonder through the isles looking at … Continue reading Slow-Cooked or Stir-Fried, This Meal was a Perfect Weekend Treat
Cranberry Nut Muffins February 14, 2017 - Muffins are difficult to make exciting. Even more so they are difficult to make new and interesting but One thing I have learned in the kitchen is that mistakes can yield amazing results and this muffin is the prefect proof of concept.
Beef and Turnip Stew with Red Russian Kale February 14, 2017 - I first made this beef stew last year. This simple and delicious stew is very forgiving and flexible. The original recipe came form Williams Sonoma Soup of the Day cookbook. It was featured as their October 14th recipe. I say this recipe is forgiving because it specifically calls for “1 bunch of turnips with their … Continue reading Beef and Turnip Stew with Red Russian Kale
A Better Blondie February 13, 2017 - The Blondie. No, I am not talking about the band or the barbie I am talking about the perfect baked treat. Blondies are the prefect blend between a Chocolate Chip Cookie and the Brownie. This sweet chewy treat is one I have been doing for years. Every time I make them it’s a bit of … Continue reading A Better Blondie
Quick Asian Stir-Fry, The Prefect Weekend Dinner February 10, 2017 - When it comes to quick and easy there’s nothing quite like a great stir-fry. I first featured this meal in my post about weekend dinners and meal planning. The key to a great stir-fry is flavor and for that you need a solid understanding of Asian cooking or great recipes and cookbooks.
The Classic Reuben February 9, 2017 - When most people think of corned beef they may immediately think of “corned beef and cabbage” that is often though of as the epitome of an Irish St. Patricks day. Here’s a fun fact, corned beef and cabbage is not a tradition in Ireland it’s an Irish-American tradition. However the story of corned beef has … Continue reading The Classic Reuben
Home-cured Corned Beef?! February 8, 2017 - We often think sandwich meats need to be store bought from a deli or meat counter. These giant hunks of meat dry or wet cured, tightly wrapped meats, sitting in behind the glass case seems like something that isn’t meant for the home cook to even try to take on. Heck, corned beef for that … Continue reading Home-cured Corned Beef?!
Creativity. Culinary or Otherwise. The Secret to Menu Planning (Part 2) February 8, 2017 - If the saying goes “necessity is the mother of all invention” then I would argue that “limitations are the mother of all creativity”. In this day and age choices are virtually unlimited. Whatever you want, whenever you want it, you can get it or have it. We like to think this is a good thing … Continue reading Creativity. Culinary or Otherwise. The Secret to Menu Planning (Part 2)
Mayonnaise, Pure and Simple February 7, 2017 - When I started looking at food seriously and wanted to see how I could impact our diet the first thing I decided was to cut back, if not out all together, commercially prepared foods. Chemicals and preservatives have corrupted our food and it’s time as home cooks we take back that power and it starts … Continue reading Mayonnaise, Pure and Simple