February 13th was Fat Tuesday and wife Jan asked for Louisiana food for dinner. I had decided on red beans and rice as my main dish. Since that dish is mainly meat and starch, I thought that I wanted a vegetable side dish.
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Several month ago, Eilene asked me to make Mac and Cheese sometime when her friends came over. While I have made this dish several times for her friends, this time she wanted something different. She wanted me to use pancetta, brie, apples, and almonds—instead of the usual cheddar or Emmentaler cheese. She also did not want me to use macaroni, but some kind of spiral pasta. Since, I am always sneaking in more vegetables, I also added some leek to the mix.
I made a Japanese feast on Sunday and one of my dishes was hamachi shots—Chef Jeffrey Stout’s signature recipe at The Sea by Alexander. Whenever, I make these taste treats I have a small piece of fish left over—in this case it was the dark fatty bits near the fishes center line. I usually eat this for lunch the next day.
The prospect of fresh hot bread is one of the joys and reasons to get up in the morning. Most cultures have some form of baked good, but in the end it is mostly flour mixed with some kind of liquid and then baked—or fried. However, because of the complex chemistry involved in exactly what other ingredients you add—and how you treat the resulting dough—it produces amazingly different results.
I frequently make some food for Jan’s Ethno Breakfast. For the last one I had made a dozen curried deviled eggs, that apparently disappeared in the first few minutes of the event. They went over so well that when one of Jan’s Chinese students came to dinner, I did a variation of those deviled eggs. Jan told me that she was expecting 30 ethnographers to show up to this month’s event. She asked me to make 24 dozen—48 half eggs—because they were so popular last time.
One of my early recipe posts was for orange infused sugar. I was making candied orange peel and I was left with about two cups of orange infused sugar. I found that this orange sugar was very good for giving recipes a sweet citrus flavor. A jar of this sugar now sits on my counter—next to the salt and pepper—ready to add as needed.
Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe
I woke up this morning thinking, “Waffles!” As much as I like to cook, breakfasts have not been a high priority for me. My secret sin is that my morning pancakes and have always come from a box. Recently, I learned how easy pancakes and waffles from scratch were to make. Today, I thought about using cinnamon in the waffles and topping them with a fruit compote.
Before I left home for the first time, I sat down with my mother’s recipe box and wrote down my favorite dishes. About twice a month, my mother would make tacos—in those days, that meant beef tacos. While I have very fond memories of these grease bombs, they were neither very healthy nor really Mexican cuisine. Continue reading