Cold noodle bowl

Man is it ever hot – we just moved from LA to Washington D.C. and the weather has totally changed how I want to cook – and eat! There is a grill outside that I have been using so the apartment doesn’t see the A/C combat the oven – though standing outside in the heat…

Coconut Curry Soup

I joined one of those weekly food boxes called Imperfect Produce and found myself with far too many sweet potatoes. These are the problems to have amirite? I decided that I wanted to make a soup and found a recipe online that seemed tasty, this is a slight modification of that recipe. Just a touch…

Surf and Turf

The key to this dinner is the timing – the lobster tail only needs a few minutes to steam and a few minutes to broil the butter on top and the pasta only needs a few minutes in the boil and a couple minutes frying in the sauce. The pasta took a while, including the…

Stout Ice Cream

This is pretty simple, but does require an ice cream maker – or a flippin’ lot of stirring by hand. There isn’t much of a trick to it, other than to follow the directions for your ice cream maker – usually you need to freeze the bowl overnight. I have the cheap Cuisinart one (~$40),…

Mango Ice Cream

1 cup heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 2 ripe mangos 3/4 cup sugar vanilla (optional) I only know how to make ice cream with a machine, so if you have another method you may need to adjust your recipe, but I peeled and cut the mango into a large dice and pureed with some…

Garlic Ghee

Roasting a bunch of heads of garlic at once is great (and will keep for a while in the fridge) but I wanted to just make a small portion for one meal and since I knew it was destined for mashed potatoes, I wanted to try to poach the garlic in butter. I used a small ramekin…

Black Bean Burgers

2 cups black beans 1 cup PLAIN bread crumbs 1 egg Half an onion – grated Several cloves of garlic – grated 1 tbsp chili paste (hot or not) 1 tbsp tomato paste 1tbsp powdered spice mix or blend of several spices or chilis (hot paprika, cumin and etc.) 1 tsp salt Cooking oil of choice…

Bacon sauce on Farfalle

This is a very effective, easy, inexpensive and delicious dish. The combination of crumbled bacon, creamy sauce and starchy farfalle makes a great, reasonably quick, lunch or dinner. Lay the bacon, two or more pieces per serving, on a baking sheet and put in the oven cold. Set oven to 375F and a timer for 17 minutes….

Crusty, rustic white bread

This is based on the Overnight White in Ken Forkish’s Flour Water Salt Yeast. 500g flour 380g water (@120f) Mix by hand and let rest for 30 minutes. Sprinkle 11g salt and .4g yeast and fold by hand, mixing with a pincer-grasp separation and then lifting and folding. Let rest 30 minutes, fold gently several…

French Fries at Home

French fries are fantastic. I like a crispy crust and a soft center – a perfect vehicle for ketchup. I like to add some sriracha to a bit of ketchup for a spicy option, and I’m not afraid to admit that I enjoy BBQ sauce, even as a dipping condiment. The secret to this at…

Real Waffle Iron

I don’t care for wet bread – pancakes, bread pudding, stuffing – not my thing. I DO like crispy bread stuff, waffles at the top of the list as far as breakfast choices go, but I haven’t wanted to add yet another bulky item to my kitchen. Then I saw what an old-school waffle iron…

Ice Cream Toast

The only thing to know about ice cream toast is that it requires vanilla sugar. To make vanilla sugar slice a vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape the seeds with the back of a spoon and mix well with good quality sugar. The beans will be sticky and hard to incorporate while wet, and I like to…