That’s right, April 3rd is Chocolate Mousse Day. I don’t know when it became official, but I sometimes wonder why it isn’t at least as popular as President’s Day. I mean, I understand that we’re lucky to live in a democracy and we have had at least a few great presidents in the history of this country, but Chocolate Mousse Day has chocolate mousse! I think you see my point. Continue reading
Salmon is one of our favorite fishes to consume, especially wild caught sockeye. It has such a wonderful flavor, so flaky and mild. It blends nicely with many toppings and we never seem to have left overs, darn it! It’s high in omega 3’s making it heart healthy as well. We’ve made it with pecan coating, teriyaki and many others, however this is one of my all time favorites. Continue reading
A few weeks ago my aunt gave me an unexpected gift that I’ll treasure forever: the bowl that my grandmother used to make her homemade banana pudding. That bowl has been around longer than I have (according to my aunt my grandmother bought it sometime in the 1950s), and appeared at every large family get-together until my grandmother passed away.
To quote a phrase from an old Kris Kristofferson song, my grandmother was a “walking contradiction.” She had an old-fashioned first name and lived out in the piney woods of east Texas, but there was so much more to her than that. In addition to the typical things you’d expect from a “country grandma” like the quilts she made and her perfect fried chicken, she also introduced me to a little more culture than I otherwise would have been exposed to. Continue reading
Jan and I have been making as much as we can from scratch for so long now that we’ve gotten to the point where we sometimes forget that much of what we consider common knowledge we’ve only learned ourselves within the last five or six years. For example, did you know that many vanilla flavored prepared foods don’t actually have vanilla in them? Instead they use a substance called vanillin.
Not being something either of us wanted to put in our bodies (wood pulp, anyone?), we started making our own vanilla extract (surprisingly easy) and baking more often, rather than buying something prepared. Continue reading
A few years ago I needed to whip up some last minute appetizers for Thanksgiving and in a burst of creativity and desperation I came up with these garlic shrimp cheesecake puffs. They were a big hit, so of course I promptly forgot about them. I’m not entirely certain that I even got to taste them, but vividly remember my brother-in-law raving about how good they were. Continue reading
I am so excited today! Let me explain: as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t eat a lot of sugar. It’s really only at special occasions that I will indulge. It’s not that I don’t absolutely love sweets as I really do it’s that sugar wasn’t meant to be consumed in the amounts that we consume it today. It’s linked to so many illnesses… I promised I would not preach so I’ll stop there. So I just don’t eat much sugar and that has taken great self control trust me. Today because we love you we decided to feature a dessert for you to try. Yes, we are sending love your way! I can’t wait… Continue reading
I don’t know if pickled eggs fell out of fashion, or if I just stopped noticing them, but I went from seeing them practically everywhere to not at all. Last week I picked up a few organic chioggia beets and knew just what I had to do. These beet juice pickled eggs are not only colorful, but the cayenne gives a nice little spark to each bite. Continue reading
Slightly adapted from Food Wishes
This one has eluded me for a while. I tried the food processor method, the blender method, and even the (gasp) hand held whisk method, and was never able to get my mayonnaise to emulsify. A few years ago I complained to a friend of mine who also happens to be a highly skilled chef. He laughed and promised to show me how to properly make it the next time we saw each other. Continue reading
Once a week we share some of the food related things we are interested in. This will sometimes include links to recipes from other bloggers, articles about food in general, and perhaps even the occasional review of a kitchen tool. For now, at least, I’m calling this What’s Out There Wednesday.
For this first installment I’d like to highlight a few of the food bloggers that have inspired me these past few years. These are blogs that I visit not only for the recipes and gorgeous food photos, but for the writing as well.
Celebrated cookbook author David Lebovitz has one of the oldest food blogs out there. A former pastry chef at Chez Panisse in San Francisco, CA, he now lives in Paris, France. David brings a pastry chef’s eye for detail to all of his recipes, both sweet and savory, and writes with humor and candor about living in one of the greatest (and sometimes not so great) cities in the world. One of the first recipes I cooked from David’s site (and the reason I now own a few of his cookbooks) was Roast Chicken With Caramelized Shallots, and as simple, juicy, and delicious as it was, what impressed me the most about it was the fact that Continue reading