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…

Cheesy Jalapeno Cornbread

I really need to figure out a good cornbread from corn flour recipe – it’s getting embarrassing that I use a Jiffy box – but I employ this recipe so seldom that it does make sense to just get a $0.69 box rather than keep masa in the back of my cupboards – but I…

Roasted Garlic

Raw garlic is not my favorite thing, and I didn’t want to have to saute some special for the mashed potatoes so I decided to roast off a few heads.┬áRoasting garlic mellows the flavor, so you will be able to use more of it in your dish. It is also much easier to puree when…

Braised Beef Sammy

Leftovers are the best – they cook quick and a little creativity is all it takes to make it a meal. Last night we had a chuck roast I braised in a savory liquid comprised of stuff I had in the fridge – vegan worcestershire, real-brewed shoyu and veggie Better Than Bouillon. About two and…

Dutch Baby Pancake

This impressive-looking pancake couldn’t be easier. Just a couple quick tips and you are on your way to a great breakfast, snack, dessert or whatever. Sweet pancake, how can you go wrong? Tip 1 – Use a blender Tip 2 – Preheat the oven AND the pan Tip 3 – Let the batter rest for…

Salish Smoked Salt Cured Ahi

I never thought that making a cured fish at home could be so easy and rewarding, but then, that is exactly why I love to cook. Always something to learn, and there’s always some new flavors to find. This preparation was so simple I’m almost mad I’ve never done it! The only real trick to…

Cut Fruit and Fried Shrimp with Onion Rings

I love fried food and shrimp is one of my favorite things to fry at home. The fruit salad got some softening and flavor development from the maceration and freezing, but other than that it is all pretty straight-forward. I did a round of thinly-sliced fingerling potatoes, that I’d softened in the microwave with a…