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Polpettone: Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

April 25th, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, Carrots, Garlic, Homemade Sausage and Meat Cookery, Honorable Herbs, Most Popular, Onion, Parsley, Succulent Spices

Polpettone: Italian Stuffed Meatloaf

I daydream a lot about cooking during the week, especially when I’m on the train. Its rhythmic click-clack, the morning fog, and a warm cup of coffee are just the right combination for daydreaming about things I want to cook. During the week not so many of those dreams become reality, but during the weekend […]





Orange, Pomelo, Lemon and Ginger Preserves

January 7th, 2010  |  by  |  published in All, Fantastic Fruits, Farming, Gardening, & Food Preservation, Ginger, Lemon, Most Popular, Orange, Preserves and Pickles, Succulent Spices, Weekend Projects

Orange, Pomelo, Lemon and Ginger Preserves

Yesterday I inaugurated my new canning equipment — a huge 12 quart stockpot, a canning funnel, a magnetic lid lifter, and a bright red rubber coated jar lifter. Joy! Granted…





Poulet Sauté Aux Herbes de Provence

August 23rd, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, Basil, Delectable Dairy, Honorable Herbs, Most Popular, Sausages, Meats, Weeknight Recipes

Poulet Sauté Aux Herbes de Provence

I read cookbooks to relax. There is no better way for me to unwind than to read a recipe, imagine the finished dish, and consider when I might possibly try my hand at making it. I go in phases…





Shrimp Louis Salad with Homemade Thousand Island

July 22nd, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Cilantro / Coriander, Honorable Herbs, Most Popular, Veritable Vegetables, Weeknight Recipes

Shrimp Louis Salad with Homemade Thousand Island

I have been craving some serious American food as of late. A week ago I had the overwhelming urge to make meatloaf. Then it was chili. Then it was deviled eggs. This past weekend I was dying for pulled pork…





Oven Baked French Onion Soup

July 11th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, Honorable Herbs, Most Popular, Onion, Thyme, Veritable Vegetables, Weekend Projects

Oven Baked French Onion Soup

A few weeks ago on the same France trip that introduced me to Feves au Lard Fume, Steven and I met up with his Aunt and Uncle in the northern foothills of the Pyrenees. After not having seen each other…





Homemade Tempeh

June 9th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, DIY Food Projects, Farming, Gardening, & Food Preservation, Most Popular, Weekend Projects

Homemade Tempeh

When I try to explain what tempeh is to a person who isn’t familiar with it, it never ends up sounding very appetizing… well, it’s cooked, hulled soybeans that have been mixed with a special mold spore and incubated for about 24 hours until a thick layer of white mold grows throughout the beans…





Crustless Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

May 10th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Delectable Dairy, Honorable Herbs, Most Popular, Parsley, Summer Squash & Zucchini, Tomatoes, Veritable Vegetables, Weeknight Recipes

Crustless Quiche with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I had a quiche epiphany the first time I tasted the quiche from Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. The texture was amazing — light, fluffy, and almost custard-like. It was a far cry from the dense, slightly dry…





Green Garlic Soup

April 20th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, Garlic, Most Popular, Veritable Vegetables, Weeknight Recipes

Green Garlic Soup

Besides the expected potatoes and cabbage, green garlic is one item that I have been coming across with great frequency here in Germany. I rarely remember seeing it back in California…





Homemade Celery Salt

March 31st, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, DIY Food Projects, Most Popular, Succulent Spices, Weekend Projects

Homemade Celery Salt

Hands down, my favorite breakfast is two soft boiled eggs, a touch of butter, a piece or two of good ham or salami, a nice warm crusty roll or some dense wheat bread, and a cup of strong coffee with real cream…





Homemade Garam Masala

March 24th, 2009  |  by  |  published in All, Around the World, DIY Food Projects, Most Popular, Succulent Spices

Homemade Garam Masala

The range of culinary emotions I’ve experienced living here in Germany for the past three months span the whole gamut: rage that I cannot find dried ancho chiles, miso, or beef other than stew meat or flank…




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