The Fool on the Strawberry Hill

The Fool on the Strawberry Hill

What better way to open the month of April, which welcomes us as fools (and I with a total malapropism of Beatles classics) than with the Foole of Strawberries. Strawberries are a treat; delicious sun sweetened harbingers of the bounty to come, they are among the...
Proper Fish ‘n Chips

Proper Fish ‘n Chips

   I think my friend Rebecca, from Chow & CHatter would agree: sometimes there are few things as satisfying as some proper fish ‘n chips. My good friends Steve and Nancy at Whitney’s hooked us up with some superb cod.  Add a little beer, batter and...
Day 21: Pip, Pip, Piperade it’s The Last Supper

Day 21: Pip, Pip, Piperade it’s The Last Supper

 A piperade is a Basque dish, which according to La Rousse Gastronomique is “rich stew of tomatoes and sweet (bell) peppers, sometimes seasoned with onion and garlic, cooked in olive oil or goose fat and then mixed with beaten eggs and lightly scrambled.” This version...
Day 20: Veggie Pot Pies

Day 20: Veggie Pot Pies

  It’s day 20, and I am having Pavlovian responses to grilled meat noises or smells. Yet the end is in sight, victory draws nigh. So to get myself through the homestretch I constructed these veggie pot pies. The portobello mushrooms and altered tofu give a...
Day 19: Comfort Food-Sort of….

Day 19: Comfort Food-Sort of….

It’s that time of year and Mother Nature knows it. On the  eve of the Global Warming Summit she slams a huge fierce snowstorm across the Eastern U.S. just to remind us that She need not be all warm and fuzzy all the time. We did not get the snow, but we got cold...
Day 18: Latkes

Day 18: Latkes

  I was reading a great blog discussing the merits (and demerits) of different potato types for latkes over at Kitchenhacker’s blog (http://www.kitchenhacker.net). I felt inspired to make some as they looked delicious. I recommend popping over and checking out the...
Day 17: Revenge, a dish best served with curry

Day 17: Revenge, a dish best served with curry

Sweet and Savory Curry Spiced Eggplant I’ve been waiting for this dish; mostly because I’ve despised eggplant. My Mom was mostly a great cook, but not when it came to eggplant. What I recall of eating eggplant was a bitter, slimy gooey experience which is what I...
Day 16: “Simply Delicious, My Dhaling”

Day 16: “Simply Delicious, My Dhaling”

  As you can guess from the header, today is dhal. Not having a tremendous experience with  Indian cuisine, I have been experiementing with some recipes and flavor profiles. There are number of excellent recipes of Indian dishes over at Chow and Chatter...
Day 15: French Omelet with Truffle Butter and Brie

Day 15: French Omelet with Truffle Butter and Brie

  Skill is oft revealed in the simplest of tasks. Frequently, simple is confused for easy. This is not the case. Examine the uncomplicated egg and its preparation. A saying in cooking circles is that if you want to really see how good a chef is, have them cook an...
Day 14: Vegetarian Chili

Day 14: Vegetarian Chili

  The addition of unsweetened cocoa may seem strange. Yet, it adds a subtle smoky undertone to the chili that is important in this vegetarian based dish. Including mushrooms, particularly portabella, in the assorted vegetables also can add a beefy flavor and texture...
Day 13: “Cacio e Pepe”

Day 13: “Cacio e Pepe”

Don’t call the grammar police. I did not misuse the quotations. I know cacio e pepe is a Roman pasta dish consisting of cheese, pepper and pasta. There is an excellent recipe for it in the latest edition of Cooks Illustrated – one of my favorite magazines and...
Day 12: A Hard Day’s Night

Day 12: A Hard Day’s Night

  I knew this day would come. There is no way to get through the Holidays without a dinner party. A dinner party that required some culinary prowess. It filled me with dread and a certain longing. Like a Tiger in a Nightclub I would be surrounded by temptation; sights...

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