Mexico-Trip

¡Viva Mexico!

This review is a bit far afield from Pennsylvania, but I was so surprised at this culinary experience that I thought it deserved a blog post.  I was fortunate enough ...

icecream

Obsession: Ice Cream

Ok, I have a new obsession…and a new toy.  Obsession: ice cream.  Toy: ice cream machine WITH a compressor…how’d ya like THAT??  I always thought it was cool (cool. ice ...

I'm in LOVE with this oven.

‘Za Oven Testing

Today, I officially have the coolest job on earth.  My project is to test the new Kalamazoo Outdoor Pizza Oven-how does it function, tips for using it, foods that cook ...

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Wolf 54 Inch Gas Grill

Direct Heat Grilling vs. Indirect Heat Grilling

There are basically two grilling methods: Direct heat and Indirect heat.  Many times both methods are used.   Direct heat is cooking the food directly over the heat source; indirect heat is placing the food within the heat source, but not directly over it.  Kinda like being on the front line versus phoning it in. Direct […]

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medium rare steak

Tips for Grilling the Best Steak Ever

Let’s hear it for the weather this weekend! While I love winter (yes, I am one of those), I also get excited to be outdoors and especially to eat al fresco. Yes, we fired up the grill this weekend!  I grill all year round, but this year the igloo on the top of the grill […]

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The Dramatic Finish-Fish En Papillote

En Papillote Cooking Technique

Are you ready for a technique?  Once you learn this, you will use it all the time and not believe that you will ever intimidated by it before.  En Papillote [ahn pa-pee-yawt], is a French technique that means “in paper” or in Italian “al cartoccio”.  En Papillote is a method of cooking in which the […]

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Skillet Potatoes

Make a Meal of Potatoes: Skillet Potatoes

And while we are on potatoes, see last week’s post for the perfect mashed potatoes, skillet potatoes make a great breakfast side dish or pair them with any hearty beef or pork main course.  I especially like to make this when I have a few bits and pieces of veggies or other “ends” left.  I […]

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Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

It seems so simple.  Mashed potatoes.  Open a box, add liquid, and there you go.   Put a package in the microwave and you’ve got diner quality mashed spuds.  Frankly, I know nothing about these options, except to have had the misfortune of eating them.  I may believe, delusionally, that most respectable home cooks actually begin with […]

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It's Almost Spring! Orange Fennel Salad

Orange Fennel Salad

About this time of the year, I am anxiously looking forward to produce that heralds spring: local asparagus, fresh fava beans, fiddlehead ferns, Vidalia onions and local fennel to name a few.  Yeah, I know you can get a few of these all year round from far away parts unknown, but there is nothing like […]

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Rich and Spicy

Spicy Spinach and Pine Nut Dip

Last week I didn’t have a picture of the homemade onion dip, so I made a batch just so I could take a picture.  Shortly after the photo session, the hubby arrived and ATE THE WHOLE THING.  I hate him.  Never gains an ounce.  I gain just breathing air surrounding anything but carrots.  Needless to […]

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Deeeeeep Brown, not just brown

Ultimate Carmelized Onion Dip with Garlic Pita Chips

When I need to make something ahead, it has to travel, or I just want something to put on the kitchen counter while everyone stands around and watches me cook, this is a go to simple dish.  It bears little resemblance to the hyper-processed, salty, dried onion soup and sour cream mixture of my youth, […]

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Nectar of the Gods

Suds as Soup: Beer and Cheddar Soup

Got your attention, didn’t I?  It’s still soup weather!  Soup, salad, and some kind of bread is one of my favorite meals this time of year, BUT the hubster is not wild about this seemingly minimalist offering.  It’s not dinner unless it’s on a plate, like the FDA says.  Right.  Everyone eats like this at […]

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Delicate and hearty: Asian Orzo Salad

Orzo, The Big Pretender: Asian Orzo Salad

While we are on the subject of rice, we should give a nod to orzo, which is NOT rice, but pasta.  Orzo can substitute for rice in many recipes and it looks similar, like a fat version of rice.  The cooking method is boiling, like pasta, not absorption; you will drain off the cooking liquid. […]

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