Blueberry Galette

Blue’bs were on sale so I bought a flat of ’em, not knowing what I’d do but having faith in the universe to show me the way. That darn universe, always speaking to us, never listening (shakes fist in air a la Grandpa Simpson). I took the recipe for the pate a foncer (tarte pie…

Easy Slow Cooker Pork

Damn if this isn’t easy. Pork tenderloin was on sale, and I’m cheap, so that worked out well. Pork tenderloin is known for being lean and tasty, so when you see it marked-down, and not expired, there is a lot to be done with it. I felt like reading, not tending a stove-top, especially since…

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…