Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I just had to.  Everyone talking about this season's lobster catch.  I wasn't disappointed.  It was clean tasting, sweet and tender.  If my mom was here, she would have picked through the body...too much work for me.  It was delish...and a treat.  Have a second one for lobster roll...

Happy Eating!

Canning Time.

Canning season is in high gear. Over the weekend, zucchini relish, yesterday "Garlic Dill Pickles". I would call them Kosher Dills, but I'd probably get some push back from my NY friends...;)

I'm trying to develop my own recipe.  This is a 'hot pack' method with dill blossoms, dill seed and garlic.  In several I added some black mustard seeds to see what type of "kick" I could get.  Seven pounds of cukes yielded 3-quarts and 5-pints.  Gotta' work on the poundage.

Happy Eating!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Chinese Style Chicken Thighs

Can be made with any chicken dark meat.  You need the extra cooking time of dark meat to get the glaze to happen.

2-3T Tamari or Soy
2-3T Honey
A few spinkles of Five Spice Powder (I find this spice mixture invaluable. From chicken, to sugar cookies to grilled shrimp)

Oven and 375
Toss everything in pan. Start on skin side down until desirered crunchy/gooeyness.

Monday, July 16, 2012

While the cat's away . . .


As most of you know Robbie's had a health crisis and is recovering in a facility near home.  Most nights I've been getting heat at home meals, but a couple of times I've cooked.  First is Marinated Lamb Shoulder Steak with Pan Roasted Potatoes and Fava Beans.  I marinated the lamb in lemon, garlic, olive oil and oregano.  Below is also the mis-en-place for the roasted potatoes. Another meal was a Tamari Marinated Wild Sockeye Salmon with Jasmine rice with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Scallions

The lamb was moist and very flavorful.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Almond Crusted Salmon

Tonight:  Sustainable Sockeye Salmon with Almond Crust.  The veg is Beer Braised Cabbage with Bacon.  Delish.  Send an email for the details.  Not really recipes.

Veal Milanese w/Peas

Once and a while I splurge for veal cutlets...not from the mega mart but from the Italian market. They are sublime and simply prepared.  These are the first garden peas from our garden.  Love to pick and eat the same day.

It's really a splurge...but so yummy...and reminds me of my childhood.  Veal was so it's a delicacy.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lentil Salad Tonight.

This was the salad tonight.  Lentil with grated radish, carrots, spices, chopped red pepper and toasted almonds.  Delish!

Recipe here.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Before an after

I don't like it when my Robbie has to travel for business...but I do get to eat foods he won't.  Tonight it was Mussels in White Wine.



Mussels are so quick to make.  Health protein and yummy.  This recipe is shallots, garlic, white wine, chicken stock, diced tomato and parsley.  You can add a little saffron when sauteeing the shallots to get an exotic taste and color.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fava Beans

I seem to always fail at finding Fava Beans at the Italian market near me so this year I decided to grow my own.

Fava beans have a very mild tasted.  They can be boiled, sauteed, or blended into a dip...and much more.

What I really like about them is the foliage.  It's very 'artistic'.  I don't know if it comes through well. They don't like warm weather so I'm hoping they fruit out before the heat sets in.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Roasted Asian Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts.

Dinner tonight: Roasted Asian Shrimp with Parmesan Brussell Sprouts.

Preheat oven to 500
Minced scallion, garlic and fresh ginger
Soy sauce, Miran and a T of canola oil
Mix well
On a baking sheet, mix peeled cleaned shrimp shrimp with the marinade
Place in hot oven for 10 minutes

Brussells Sprouts
Clean and half enough brussell sprouts for two
Blanch for two minutes in well salted boiling water
Drain and then plunge into ice water bath that is salted
In a non-stick pan melt some butter and add sprouts.
After browning begins add grated parmesan.

Play with the proportions based on what you like. Was yummy!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bangalore Chicken Curry

One of my 'goto' Indian dishes.  Great spice, creamy sauce. Served with white rice, Major Gray's Chutney and sour cream.  Very smooth.

Very good.  Email me for the recipe.

Happy Eating.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Indian Spiced Pork Tenderloin

I love pork tenderloin.  Tender, juicy, it cooks fast and takes flavors very well.  Many think about pork and fruit.  I went with Indian inspired flavors. And my take on a standard, green beans almondine. 

The spice rub:
1T brown sugar
1t salt
1t garlic powder
1t cumin seed ground
3/4t smoked paprika
3/4 fenugreek seed ground
1/8t cayenne pepper
1/2t pepper ground

I had a single tenderloin that I first pat dry and put a little drizzle of olive oil on it then the spice rub.  Put it back in the fridge for an hour.  Then browned on all sides and finished in a hot oven. It came out medium and very juicy.

The take on the green beans is....sauted not boiled.  And I toasted the almonds to bring out the flava. 

Very good.

Happy Eating!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dinner tonight.

Maybe if I post right after I eat I'll get more of these up here.  Halibut Steaks in Papilloite. A bed of saffron rice with yellow raisins and toasted almonds cooked in chicken broth.  A layer of sauted sweet onions and red onion and on top a halibut steak cooked in papilloite with lemon slices, white wine and fine herbs.



Very light and delish!  The raisins are a nice sweet surprise in a savory dish.

Happy Eating!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Some Randoms

Hi everyone.

I am still cooking!  Here are a few dishes.  If you'd like the recipe, let me know and I'll post.

Chicken and spinach empanadas 

Pork Ragu for Easter Dinner
Pork chops, sausages and meatballs

Beef and Mushroom Pie
(Left over roast beef)
Out of the oven

 Plated with Asparagus with Parmesan Chips

Happy Eating!  I have lots of pics to post!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Red Beans and Spicy Sausage

I don't remember what I did here, exactly.  Red beans, red pepper, chilies, probably ground cumin and then spicy Portuguese sausage.  I did add some liquid and then mashed a bunch of the beans to thicken the brew.

Cesear Salad

There are probably a zillion recipes for this salad...let me add mine.  I like lots of garlic and the creamy dressing made from the almost raw egg.  We're having this with a small steak tonight.  My perfect summertime dinner.

Garlic croutons:
Slice a baguette into 1/2 inch ovals and toast both sides under the broiler on high.  I like to have for or five croutons per person.

Mince 6 or more cloves of garlic.  When is fine, add a sprinkle of kosher salt and slide the flat side of the knife across the garlic until its a fine paste.

In a cold 10" skillet put in a layer of olive oil and add the garlic slowly warm the garlic when hot add the croutons and shake them around to coat.  At this point I saute until the garlic turns a light brown.  Remove all from heat.

They now sell Organic Romaine Hearts for the same price as conventional.  I take a head out of the bag and cut off the first two or three inches from the top (greenest) part.  I then cut across the circumference of the head and then wash well and dry in paper towels so all water is gone.  It helps the dressing ad hear to the lettuce.

In a big bowl, add about 1/4c olive oil, a couple shakes of Worcestershire sauce or one anchovy mashed around the size of the bowl.  Add the juice from 1/2 lemon...more if you like more...and 1/2c finely grated Parmesan cheese.  Mix well. 

Boil water in a small pan. When rolling, add one egg that you have stuck a needle into one end to prevent an explosion. Cook exactly one minute and then run under cold water so you can handle it.  Open end over bowl and mix well.  If you are skittish about raw eggs, people say a little good quality mayo can sub.

Add romaine and mix well.  Add more olive oil if it's just too dry.  I like there to be nothing fat the bottom of the bowl after serving the salad.  Add croutons with the garlic bits and toss well.  Serve.

Cornish Hen (Small Chicken)

We're trying to eat lighter dinners...and keep down the leftovers.  Here's my attempt at Cornish Hens.  I put some lemon wedges in the bird before wrapping it in bacon and trussing.  It's laying on a bed of aromatics that really add value to the pan drippings.



One little acted done...but wasn't.  This was about the third roast that wasn't finished in an appropriate time.  A couple of nights ago, I made homemade pizza and after 10 minutes on 450...not much was happening.  So then I went to reset the temperature and when I did it showed it was down at 315 degrees.  So I went to the broiler and that didn't come on!  Needless to say GE is coming in the AM.

Happy Eating!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Roasted Garlic

This is one of our favorites...Roasted Elephant Garlic.  Slice off the top.  Drizzle with good olive oil, some salt and put in a small roasting pan in a 375 degree oven.  In the oven for about 30-45 minutes, until soft.  Remove the outer husks. 

Stuffed Poblanos

Very easy. Roast the poblano, remove skin.  Cut a V-shaped opening on the top and fill with your favorite.  Here I used some leftover chili.


The girls are laying again.  This is just four days production.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sweet Italian Sausage

I've been wanting to make sausage at home for quite some time.  Finally acquired the rest of the equipment...and the raw materials of a Boston Butt roast and hog casings...

My Kitchenaid stand mixer, my friend for almost 30 years, is the work horse along with the grinder and sausage stuffing attachments.  If I enjoy sausage making, I'll make the investment for a metal meat grinder...but all in time.

Here's the recipe.  I change from Anise seed to Fennel seed doubling the amount in the recipe and I added a little more garlic.  I'll try to scan this to a document and post with my changes.

Here's an example of a Boston Butt or Picnic Roast.  It's actually from the shoulder of the pig.  So there is sinew and good marblization.  I also added about a quarter pound of saltpork that I cut and blanched to get the salt out.  Should have added even more.  Today's pig - unless your being locally grown Heritage breeds as so much leaner than 10 or 15 years ago.
As you can see, the marbling.  The five pounds had to be cut into 1" squares.  Thanks for my 10" chef knife that had just recently been professionally sharpened! 

Then, you need to put in the freezer for a few to firm them up before grinding.

Next, grinding.  This took a lot more time than I had anticipated and my hands were sore by the end of the process.

Then mix!  One of the chef's I follow recommended adding a little water to the sausage and mix with the paddle of the Kitchenaid to make a smooth filling.  Mines a little rustic, but that didn't bother me.

Next comes the stuffing part.  Supposed to lube the tube with Crisco, which I couldn't find in the pantry, so I used veggie oil.  I'll buy Crisco for the next batch!  It took a little bit to get the diameter of the sausage the same and not go too fast and not get enough sausage in there.  Oh, and you have to manually fill the stuffer as well.  A lot to manage.

Then the money shot.  I figured that the width of my hand was a good size for the links.  It made about twenty sausages and I had some left over mix that I froze as well.  Total cost of the ingredients (pork and salt pork) was about $27 for 5lbs, might not be a bargain, but you know what's in it.

Happy Eating!

Posting Absence.

I've come back to the blog after a long time missing.  I have a camera full of pictures to match up with the recipe and get back on track.

Sausage making is my first new post back.  It was a lot of fun and didn't set me back that much to get started.  I've purchased a mini-fridge because my eventual goal is to make Italian Salami.

Happy Eating everyone!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gratin Parmentier

I just picked up a copy of Jacques Pepin's "Essential Pepin".  I love it.  It's like "Joy of Cooking" for French food in the American market.  My first try was a recipe for leftover beef.  Even Robbie ate the potatoes...laced with eggs, cream and Gruyere cheese!  It was like a heavy souffle on top of beef stew.  Highly recommended.

Then there were potato leftovers.  I put them into a smaller gratin dish.  It looks lovely.

Great flavor.  Can't wait to try more recipes from the book!

Happy Eating!