Occasionally, I will lend my opinion to those looking for cooking help via the internet but more often than not I am confronted by trolls, sometimes even the person seeking the advice! I know…I know kinda goes with the territory. Continue reading Updated Wedge Salad
Biryani is one of my favorite rice dishes ever, it can however, be quite labor intensive . It was only within the last 5 years or so that I was made aware of its delicious and elegant existence. Mine is based on a few different versions I have eaten and is relatively mild, and simplified so that you can do it all in one skillet and make it on the stove top, I cook the chicken in the oven for an extra level of flavor. Continue reading Coconut Chicken biryani
Jarom gave me the news last night about Ziggy Stardust/goblin king/style icon, disbelief,shock, as impossible to me as a pink unicorn walking over Cathedral bridge, he always seemed not human, immortal.From what I have read, he made the last album fully aware of the fact he had cancer and the end was near, like Mozart wrote “Requiem”, his final album is his last gift to humanity, it captures the heavy emotions that come with crossing over to the non-physical realm…with style I might add… what a legacy! Continue reading Turkey thigh pot pies and why David Bowie is the Mozart of our time.
Taco Time is anytime.
Blergh! I think I watched too many documentaries in the last week, not since my “Issues in Globalization” course in college have I felt so powerless, but kind of empowered at the same time. Some folks say that ignorance is bliss, and for some situations Continue reading Crock pot carne guisada (Mexican chuck Roast) tacos
Hola! Well I am still recovering from the “Holidays”….they should call it the “un-Holidays” because holidays are supposed to be fun and restful. I can’t complain for the most part but there is always something or someone that makes things more complicated…thus is life, but it still exhausts me to the max. I did this year have an outstanding birthday, which didn’t happen last year, and I am so pleased that it is 2016 and the people, places, and things of 2015 are in the rear view mirror. Continue reading Sopa De Tortilla (weeknight gringo version)
As a young child I remember one thing about Sunday nights in my hometown….Chicken Gumbo was the soup du jour at China Nite. It was my favorite thing in the whole world, and once I saw what a traditional gumbo actually was, the only resemblance to my my childhood fav was okra. Continue reading Chicken Gumbo China Nite Style
We have a few different tofu factories here in Portland, they are both really good and many a trendy restaurant offer them as an option, many times as one of my all time favorite Japanese dishes, Agedashi tofu. Continue reading Grilled tofu + Nuac cham
With the weather in full blown rain mode, it is officially soup WEATHER! (cue the trumpets). It took me a while to get used to several months of rain, but now that I have discovered vitamin D capsules, and got an incredibly, unfashionable rain coat, I relish it! Soup is one of my favorite ways to receive nutrition, and I can’t think of a more comforting food when it’s blustery and wet. Continue reading Lighter Corn chowder
Today I have teamed up with Chocoley Chocolate to bring you a delicious recipe, right in time for the holidays. I don’t fancy myself a baker whatsoever, but I do make a mean Baklava! I did a rolled version today, which simplifies the process a bit, and infused some new flavor combinations that rival any of the traditional versions I have made. Continue reading Chocolate drizzled pistachio and cherry baklava
I grew up in a quirky place, it’s of a particularly high altitude, it was once a booming train stop across the great plains, and it has a high demographic of LDS (Latter Day Saints). Yes, I grew up in Ogden, UT. If you know or have any LDS kinfolk, you will recognize the subject of this post quite well. “Funeral potatoes” are often served potluck style…at well, funerals, usually afterwards in the Stake center with the ward members of the loved one’s life that is being honored. Served with ham, salad, and those sweet, yeasty, homemade dinner roles, and if you’re lucky.. Jell0! This meal is one of my childhood, nostalgia favorites. Not all funeral potatoes are created equal, and it is always interesting to taste the variations, today I will give you mine, and feel free to eat these whenever you feel inclined, Easter, Wednesday, Christmas. I took out all the “cream of ….” soups and made a Mornay (Cheese Bechamel) sauce, par boiled, peeled, and shredded Yukon gold potatoes, and added a few more tricks. So next time you need to bring a side dish or want a delicious casserole, test out this version and let me know what you think. Continue reading Funeral potatoes…modernized.