Brick Chicken – a favorite grill recipe…

Summer is right around the corner. I had Matt go out and get a new propane tank for our grill so we can take advantage of the warm weather we are finally having consistently. I went to the market and picked up 2 chickens…yes 2 chickens for 2 people. The way I think of itRead more

Ginger Braised Chicken

The next recipe is kind of comforting dish. There is a lot of ginger in it and I think that all adds to the overall “comforting” factor of the dish.  Ginger is not only used for its taste, it’s said to help treat various disorders from nausea to arthritis.  I always have a knob ofRead more

Easy Roast Chicken and Seasonal Vegetables

This past Christmas I received several new cookbooks.  This is the first of the new (Christmas) cookbooks I am trying a recipe from.  So far I am impressed!  The recipe I made was easy to follow, gave some great tips (which I even learned something new) and had options for vegetables medleys to use basedRead more

New Year Rice Bowl

I receive a lot of cooking/food website newsletters. I would say on an on average day I will receive between 7-10 newsletters from different sites.  What I find hilariously funny is the vast difference from the theme of the newsletters from Christmastime to January 1st.  Prior to New Year the recipes are all decadent andRead more

One Pot Wonderful

One pot wonder meals, they seem to be the modern day once loved, now loathed casserole. The idea for one pot wonder meals is simple, cook your entire meal using only one pot!  For kitchens without dishwashers, like my own, one pot wonders mean quick and easy clean up!  If you look on the internetRead more

An unusual delicious way to make fried chicken

I love when I get to try out new cooking tools and appliances for the first time. In this next recipe I had to purchase a Chinese bamboo steamer basket.  Well actually I have been eyeing these steamer baskets every time I shop at my Asian grocery store MultiFood, this next recipe gave me theRead more

When it’s too cold to grill

Well, as luck would have it now that our unseasonably warm weather has left us the next cookbook on my shelf is a grilling cookbook. Also as luck would have it, after getting home late for work I found the propane of my grill was empty.  (Actually I think that last one was actually luckRead more

Brine Time

  Another new for me in this next blog post, brining! I’ve never really brined before but seemed like a good time as any to try out brining.  Brining is similar to marinating.  You place your meat in a liquid for a certain amount of time.  Except when a marinade tends to be more ofRead more

Character Building

As my quest to advance my culinary abilities continues I find I have begun to use and like cuts of meat which I might have overlooked before. I use to like to eat chicken breasts, and by chicken breasts I mean the boneless/skinless version.  As my culinary abilities continue to improve I have found myRead more

Confit this!

A few months ago my friend Pam and I took a cooking class at The Chef Next Door in Walkerville.  One of the dishes featured was duck confit.  For those of you who were like me about 6 months ago and don’t know what confit means meat cooked in it’s own rendered fat.  It soundsRead more

Chicken Adobo

Onto the final recipe I made a few weekends back.  When opened the next cookbook I knew why I had tagged this next recipe originally.  Years ago I was watching a cooking show and there was a mom and two daughters who sold their chicken adobo, a Filipino dish, in a food hall.  They were asked the recipe soRead more

Side Dish Star!

yum!

I recently read an article about how to be a better cook. One of the things the article talked about is how you should read the recipe in it’s entirety before even starting to cook.  This is something that I do for every recipe I make.  Actually I tend to read a recipe several times.  IRead more

Recipe of LIES!!

Rosemary's Way

One of the things I am finding as I am going though my cookbook project is that it doesn’t really seem like all published recipes in cookbooks are actually ever tested prior to being published.  My next recipe falls into on of those recipes that I don’t think was ever tested…or even proof read.  SadlyRead more

Tasty Fried Chicken Sandwiches

Back in the kitchen after returning from vacation I was excited to open up the next cookbook.  The recipe I had tagged was for a fried chicken sandwich (yum!) and was from a super awesome sandwich cookbook I have…

Part Science Experiment, Part Dinner

One of my favorite chefs is David Chang.  For some reason I don’t seem to have much luck mastering his recipes though.  And then I started to think…maybe he doesn’t actually want anyone to master his recipe.  What if this is really just a game or cruel joke.  That was my frame of mind when IRead more

Perfect Day for Soup

Let's eat!

Brrrrr….it’s super cold out.  We are smack dab in the middle of January and winter temperatures finally decided to come, full fledge!  This particular night Matt was traveling so Maike came over for dinner and a movie.  I was very happy to see the next recipe tagged was a soup recipe.