Jan’s Fresno friends come to San Jose every year for the Quilt Festival and we feed and put them up every year. Pat likes chicken and Barb does not eat tomato, so a coq au vin came to mind as a dish that they would both would like. In my mind, red wine never seemed to go with chicken, I prefer a coq au vin with a nice white wine.
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This is a weekday meal of simple hamburgers, but I wanted a salad—rather than fries—to go with them. Jan really likes coleslaw. To make it interesting and different, I decided to add apples.
Daughter Miriam has been “off” onions and garlic for several months now. As a result I have been adapting some of my old recipes. The last time I made a Sichuan pepper tri-tip I used a wet overnight marinade with lots of ingredients and garlic. This time, I greatly simplified the recipe and I used a dry rub. This came out very well.
I love stuffed breads, whether you call them a samsa, a pasty, a samosa, or a bierock—the major difference between all of these pockets is the type of bread used to wrap the savory filling. A bierock is not now, nor has it ever been haute cuisine, it is essentially a workingman’s lunch. When you are working, traveling, or having some kind of festival event, you do not always have time to sit down for meal. Having a meal in a neat, sealed bread package that you can slip into a pocket or pouch is a solution that many cultures have discovered.
Wife Jan got back from Burning Man on Monday. She broke her arm while she was there and I have spent much of the week “doing for her”—tying shoes, driving, etc. Getting the pictures she took on her trip has not been a top priority. Jan did get pictures of some of the dishes, before they were gobbled down. I had made enough of each dish that her group could gift the remaining mixes to the camps around them. Continue reading
Eilene’s friends are coming over for dinner after a long hike. Wife Jan is still at Burning Man and while she would find this dish “too rich” the kids will like it. While I could have made my own Alfredo sauce I decided to try a short cut. I like to make the dishes that I make for Eilene’s friends one dish meals—protein, starch, and vegetables all in one recipe.
We have a new neighbor across the street and my usual practice has been to gift new neighbors with a jar of jam as a welcoming to the neighborhood. Surprisingly, I had no jam on hand—normally I have 4-5 jars ready to distribute or for personal consumption. I needed to make a new batch.
I recently learned how to make pancakes from scratch. When Jan decided to go to Burning Man this was an obvious choice for one of their meals. There was how ever a hitch, out in the middle of the desert there would be little refrigeration available—which kind of knocks out using fresh milk and eggs.