Welcome to my kitchen. I may not be here right now but please, feel free to snoop.
Curious about what my must have tools are? Maybe you want to know, just how many food storage containers does he really have and does he actually have all the matching lids?
You could be wondering what kind of vanilla extract I use or whats in my fridge that I need to use. You may be looking for my go to recipes. Some I have written and devised and some I reviewed and tested but they are the ones I use regularly.
I will be developing this page to allow you the reader to feel like you can get a peek inside even if I am not here. Have fun!
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 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 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 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. 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 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 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. 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 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 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 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. 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. 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 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! 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! 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. 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. 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 Farm February 10, 2017 - Do you like uncomplicated, simple, straight forward recipes with fewer ingredients? If so The Farm is a great cookbook. However, if you like fresh, seasonal recipes that showcase the essence of an ingredient this too is your cookbook. The Farm is a non intimidating cookbook that takes you through the life cycle of a true … Continue reading The Farm Labor Intensive vs. Time Saving February 9, 2017 - Quick and easy, 30 minutes or less, make it tonight, minute rice, shortcuts, and even text messaging; all of these are designed to save you time. So where is it? Where is all this time you’re saving? Do yo have some bit account some where with all this “free-time” “banked-time” and the rest of the … Continue reading Labor Intensive vs. Time Saving 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 The Seasonal Baker February 8, 2017 - There are more cookbooks on baking than I can even imagine. Everyone has some take on it. Trying to navigate through them to find ones that speak to you and how you like to bake or even more importantly what you like to bake can be hard. So when I stumbled across John Barricelli’s The … Continue reading The Seasonal Baker 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?! 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 Black Forest Cake February 7, 2017 - In my journey to expand my cooking skills and knowledge I had decided I wanted to learn how to make many of the classic and not so classic cakes. I wanted a full repertoire so I wasn’t always relying on the couple cakes I knew were great. Then as I began thinking about seasonal cooking … Continue reading Black Forest Cake The Grocery List… February 3, 2017 - There are far fewer things as a homemaker to do than to put together “The Grocery List” and actually get everything you need and stick to it. Now, you may be looking at the featured image and think, “Oh, heck no!” and that’s OK. Everyone will approach putting together their grocery list differently. The key … Continue reading The Grocery List… Recipe Apps? A Digital Library… February 2, 2017 - In this day and age you would think that recipe apps would have been figured out by now but in my opinion they are still severely lacking. This got me to thinking about what is needed to make a good recipe app? What would I want in a recipe app? Tacos: Recipes and Provocations February 1, 2017 - Do you love Mexican food? Do you suffer, as I do, from not having a drop of Mexican heritage to explain your desire and obsession for this delicious food? Have you ever thought of trying to replicate the flavor and authenticity in your own kitchen but then think somewhere in the heavens that the creator … Continue reading Tacos: Recipes and Provocations Cheeseburger…Tacos? Say, Wha! February 1, 2017 - Yes, a cheeseburger taco. If you have been following my posts you will have seen I have been working through a cookbook called Tacos: Recipes and Provocations and since winter is all about beef what better recipe to whip up than one for these gooey tasty tacos. Simplicity At It’s Finest January 30, 2017 - Popcorn. Do you know how to make it at home? Can you make it without burning it? Are you only doing microwave popcorn? I grew up with a popcorn popper. It was a “small appliance” that had a shoot so as the popcorn popped it went into the bowl you set in front of it. … Continue reading Simplicity At It’s Finest Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees January 30, 2017 - Have you ever had really good Chinese food and wondered what the secret is? Have you ever walked the aisles of an Asian food store and wondered what on earth do you do with tangerine peels and tripe? Chef Kian Lam Kho walks you through Asian cooking in a very approachable way in his cookbook, … Continue reading Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees Pastrami Tacos January 19, 2017 - Pastrami tacos. Is this even a thing? What does that even mean? Wait, isn’t pastrami more Jewish deli and less Mexican street food? Though I understand these thoughts, as I had them myself when I first saw this recipe, it actually excited me. Here’s a cookbook that is not afraid to explore, evolve, and expand … Continue reading Pastrami Tacos Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins January 18, 2017 - A great chili con carne needs a great cornbread and Heston Blumenthal at Home delivers yet again. Often when we think of cornbread we think of dry crumbly breads that are cooked in cast iron pans, sometimes cooked in glass baking dishes, but however they are baked they often stick to the pan. Getting the … Continue reading Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins Homemade Flour Tortillas January 18, 2017 - Learning to make common things you buy at the grocery store at home is both rewarding and demystifying. The other effect is that you can often make something that tastes so much better. Items sitting on shelves in the grocery store have to be able to sit there for a long time. This means they … Continue reading Homemade Flour Tortillas My Big Beef with Stock January 16, 2017 - Making stocks and broths is not hard. This is something every home cook should learn how to do. Being able to control your flavor profile by choosing the right stock or broth and what they are flavored with will make a huge difference compared to using store bought liquids or dry cubes and powders. The … Continue reading My Big Beef with Stock Kugel or is it Kigel, maybe Kugelis? January 11, 2017 - What makes a kugel, kugel? Depending on where your ancestors come from it could be a variety of different answers but for the sake of this post and how I was raised, it was always called kugel and it was always a baked casserole or sorts.