Posted in June 2009


Made the Cooks Illustrated Recipe below for about the 5th time. It is pretty easy to braise in one pot and throw everything in, but doesn’t give me the same texture and appeal that my other recipe for Tamarind Glazed Pork Shoulder gives. Also made an un-noteworthy salsa on the side with radish, lime, orange, … Continue reading

Fajita Salad

HEB marinated fajita meat1 onion1 avocadoMexi-cheese or CotijaSalad bagSugarS&Ptomatoes (for davin)RanchSalsa The key ingredient is the caramelized onions. Cook the crud out of sliced onions with about a tbsp of sugar and a little salt and pepper. Brilliant. Mix 1/2C ranch with 1/2 c salsa for dressing. We used ot eat this with Tostitos Hint-of-lime … Continue reading

Blackberry Shortcakes

2 C smushed blackberries1/2 c whole blackberries1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger3 tbsp sugar reheated shortcakes in toaster oven So the ginger was the magic ingredient for this one and I was tempted to add mint but wanted to thoroughly evaluate the effect of the ginger first and not overwhelm the berries. I added about 1 … Continue reading


Homemade shortcakes. Strawberies. Fresh whipped cream. The Costco bounty is really making our desserts delicious! I used the Cooks Illustrated Best Recipe for shortcakes. This is mostly the version I found on their website with a few exceptions. Tonight we’re on to blackberry shortcakes! But with which liqueur? This deserves more investigation. Notes: Cointreau–adding a … Continue reading

mini Frittata

I just discovered that my 6 in nonstick pan fits in the toaster oven! While my first attempt at a makeshift mini-frittata leaves something to be desired, there is great potential there. Today I tried leftover creamed spinach (1/2 C)2 eggsparmesan Next time I will probably still mix in some milk or half & half … Continue reading

Broiled Lobster, Corn, Lettuce Soup

4 lobster tails (not prev frozen)garlic butter Heat broiler. Split tails completely in half and line up on foil-lined shallow backing sheet. Broil on High for 5 min or until opaque. It seems our lobsters this time were prev. frozen and we had a hard time getting them out of the shells. Lettuce SoupWhen I … Continue reading

Steak house dinner

Happy Father’s Day! Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoRibeye to shareSauteed MushroomsCreamed spinach2004 Sinskey Marcien (yum!) After a lovely day of doing nothing (except for Daddy and E going to costco), we had a delicious steakhouse feast. Notes: heirloom tomato was not all it was cracked up to be. Dry and somewhat tasteless despite its weirdo … Continue reading

Orzo with Spinach and Red Pepper

4 chicken breasts 1 bottle lemon pepper marinade (Newman’s Own) 1/2 box orzo 1-2 red bell peppers 1-2 bags baby spinach 1 tsp lemon zest 1/2 cup lemon juice (2 lemons) 1/4 c olive oil 1 clove garlic 1 package feta cheese pine nuts 1/4 c basil 2 tbsp parsley Marinate chicken 1 hour. Boil … Continue reading

Worth the gravy

I’ve finally conquered roast chicken. Tonight marks my second successful roasting of 2 chickens where they didn’t come out of the oven pink and clucking. The secret seems to be to brine (1 C sugar/1 C salt/ 1 gal water/ 30-60 min) and then cook the crap out of them. 2 3-4 lb chickens1 tbsp … Continue reading

More than one way to peel a peach

Peach Crisp Best Recipe recipe with a few changes: Blanching peaches for 30 seconds to remove the peel does not work. Nor does blanching them for 10 minutes. I have no idea what was wrong with my peaches, but the skin wasn’t coming off. So we had a rustic peach raspberry crisp with the skins … Continue reading