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Happy Valentine’s Day Post!

  I couldn’t help but share this next recipe with all of you, mainly because of its perfect Valentine’s Day color!!

Gluten Free Lettuce Wraps

Being sad that the weather is turning cold 🙁 (our pool was just closed yesterday – I was really hoping summer would rally!) I was craving something “summer-y” yet warming.  Lettuce wraps seemed like the perfect dinner to satisfy both of my cravings.

Debate Snack

Last night was the final presidential debate. My friend Al, who recently got a new apartment, hosted a “debate party” of sorts. I find it sad the presidential debates this election are so entertaining (in a reality tv kind of way) that we’ve had parties to watch each debate…but I don’t want to get too politicalRead more

Chasing Summer

Summer is my favorite season.  Mostly because I REALLY don’t like winter.  I hate the cold, I hate the long dark days.  Summer is so much cheerier and fun.  Especially having a yard with a pool makes summertime that much more enjoyable.  So with summer this year wrapping up I decided to make a very summeryRead more

Tomato Time

I am not a tomato person. I have never liked tomatoes, which includes tomato sauce (even on pizza) and ketchup.  But in my wanting to grow my knowledge in all things culinary I decided to make something very tomatoey – gazpacho! 

Baking Empanadas

I am no fan of baking.  But in my quest to continue to learn and improve my skill I make sure to include baking recipes.  Why don’t I enjoy baking?  If I had to guess it’s because I really don’t like sweet foods, so I don’t find joy in making sweet foods.  I was reallyRead more

Another Fresh Roll

I usually try to follow the directions to the recipes I make as close to exact as I can.  For whatever reason this next recipe I failed at doing that.  BUT luckily for me, Matt and the kids, who all ate this next recipe, it still worked out!

Stretching out my legs-sssssss

Part of the awesomeness of going through my cookbooks and tagging a recipe and then opening that book again about 6 months later is it’s a total surprise to see what I will be cooking.  I have cooked some things I would normally shy away from (because I made it a rule that I can’t opt out ofRead more

Summer of Fresh Rolls

So loyal readers will remember last summer I made a crazy amount of soup recipes…at exactly the time of year you don’t actually want soup.  As it just so happened the stars aligned and cookbook after cookbook I opened to find I had tagged a soup recipe.  Well this summer instead of finding I hadRead more

Remember when we saw Gin Blossoms?

“Remember when we saw Gin Blossoms,” my cousin Rachel said as we were walking back to my house from Windsor’s Fork & Cork Festival, literally minutes after watching Gin Blossoms preform.  A few weekends ago my cousin Rachel and her husband Kenny came to visit from Chicago.  We had a short amount of time butRead more

Roasted then Smoked

We are recipe 2 out of 3 of the recipes I made for pool guests a few weekends ago.  This next recipe was a bit different because it required to me to make a fun contraption to smoke the food.  I’m not really sure how well the smoker contraption really worked but it was fun toRead more

Fresh Rolls

Not too long ago I made some vegan fresh rolls.  The next cookbook had a similar recipe tagged, this time for fresh rolls with shrimp.  I didn’t really care too much for the vegan version so I was excited to throw some sea meat into them for this time around.

Artichokes!

Another new cookbook and another ingredient I haven’t had much experience cooking, artichokes!!  I love marinated artichokes from the jar so I was excited to make a recipe with the fresh form of the vegetable.  Also an element of this recipe was to make a mayonnaise, something I have had difficulties mastering, but I reallyRead more

Fun with Tomatillos

I love Mexico.  We vacation there every year with a group of family and friends.  For Christmas I received a new Mexican cookbook so I was eager to start my first recipe from it.

Another easy one…

I’ve been on a roll lately with having some super simple (and yummy) recipes.  This next one fall right in line.  It comes for a new cookbook (well actually Matt gave it to me for Christmas…but I haven’t cooked from it until now – you’ve been warned that I have reached my Christmas cookbooks…which aren’t Christmas food,Read more

More Vegan

Yes, I own more than one vegan cookbook.  If you read my last post  you will know that I find my Thug Kitchen cookbook to be hilarious as well as actually have some good vegan recipes.  So when Thug Kitchen came out with a “party” cookbook, for social mofo’s as they say, I immediately putRead more

Smoked chicken and guacamole squares

Square in this case is a fancy way to say sandwich.  Sandwiches were the crust is trimmed off and cut into 2 bite pieces.  The sandwiches I imagine are served on a three tiered serving platter at tea.  Well these are the sandwiches I made next!

Pizza Balls

I love appetizers.  I think appetizers allow for a lot of creativity at a small scale.  A lot of times I end up eating an appetizer for a main course and this next recipe I did just that.

Beef

New Beginning!!

So I’ve made the leap, I’ve left  my career in architecture of nearly 15 years to begin a new career in the culinary field!!  In the coming weeks I will be redoing my website to offer personal cheffing and catering services while continuing to share great recipes on my blog….stay tuned for that!  On theRead more

Ques-a-dillas!

Like most people out there it’s important for my lifestyle to have quick and easy dinners recipes for busy weeknights. A lot of times I try to prepare sauces or do prep whenever possible during the weekends when I have more time. This next recipe was one where I did make the sauce ahead ofRead more

Grilling outside in November

Can anyone believe we are in November and temperatures are still in the 60’s?! Milking summer, I mean fall for all it’s worth I decided to make use of our new outdoor grill to cook dinner outside on it this past weekend.  Don’t worry, for those who don’t have such an awesome outdoor grill thisRead more

Indulge without Breaking the Bank

Filet Mignon/Beef Tenderloin or filet de bœuf if you are French. That tender beef that is highly praised and highly priced.  It’s a treat to have filet mignon.  My income, as I am sure many other people’s incomes, doesn’t allow for me to indulge in filet mignon very often.  But after making this next recipeRead more

Skipping ahead one cookbook

I am pretty particular about staying in order with my cookbooks and not skipping or make an recipe out of order.  But the next recipe in the next cookbook in line has required I skip ahead.  Not only did I have order some ingredients online but also the recipe takes several weeks to cure.  So moreRead more

Korean? Short Ribs

I mentioned Walkerville’s newest restaurant F&B a few posts ago.  Well here I go again on F&B.  Something that Matt and I always order when we go are the Korean Ribs.  We crave them actually.  So when I opened up my next cookbook and saw the recipe was for Korean Short Ribs I was immediatelyRead more

Burger Time

Another busy exhausting weekend!  This past weekend we had my mom along with friends Di and Jeff visit from Chicago.  We went to Art in The Park  and to see (half of) The Monkees at Caesars Windsor.  Come Sunday night I was pretty exhausted so I decided to make a fast and easy recipe for dinner.

Fast and Yummy Stir Fry Dinner

I am a carnivore.  I love meat.  I love beef especially, beef tenderloin being my favorite.  Well this next recipe was right up my beef alley.  I knew it would be good and it was!  Yay for winning!!

Seasonal Ingredient

So for the first time in when I started this cookbook project I’ve hit a road block.  I open the next cookbook in line and the recipe tagged is for a grilled corn on the cob in husk.  It’s winter in Ontario and while I went to about 5 different stores/markets I was unable toRead more

It’s all in the bread

Last year my friend Tash I did a bread making class at Sur la Table.  It was a lot of fun and we learned quite a bit.  Bread seems to be a common thing that keeps coming up lately in my life.  The night before I made this recipe I met my friend Scotty forRead more

Steak Sandwich and Pickled Carrot Slaw

I will start out by saying that this next recipe had a lot to live up to.  It came from the cookbook Street Food Diaries which last time I made a recipe from the cookbook Hunter proclaimed it was the best burger he ever ate (you can read all about it here).

Oui Oui…100% Possible and a French Feast

Sunday was a fun day (get it??)  We spend the day with friends and I made a recipe from the cookbook French Feasts, grab your own by clicking the link below.  It’s a beautiful cookbook and with Christmas coming (we are in December already!!) it is sure to make a great gift.

ANOTHER Beef and Noodle Soup

I have to say as I get more and more into cooking I am becoming more and more a fan of Mark Bittman.  I own several of his cookbooks and the recipe from today’s post comes from one of the first cookbooks I ever bought, How to Cook Everything.  I HIGHLY recommend this book forRead more

Fasted Dinner Ever!

I have to say I really like fast yet flavorful recipes during the week.  This next one I think is the fasted that I’ve ever made and is now in my regular rotation.  It comes from the cookbook Frame by Frame Quick & Easy by Parragon Books Ltd.  I bought it originally because I likedRead more

Beef Noodle Soup

Now that the weather is cooling off it’s nice to have a soup recipe next in line!  This recipe comes from 1 Stock, 100 Soups by Linda Doeser.  As the title states the cookbook contains 100 soup recipes which use 1 stock to create them.

Dinner and Survivor!

My mother-in-law Elaine, who also goes by “Lasagna,” is a huge fan of the show Survivor.  Elaine also currently has a foreign exchanged student from Germany living with her, Maike.  I thought it would be fun to have Elaine and Maike over for a dinner/Survivor night.  I reached for the next cookbook, Rocco’s Real LifeRead more

French Dip!

Well another sandwich recipe.  This one comes from The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches by Susan Russo.

Al and Rosemary – Cooking for Dummies

That isn’t just a funny title for this blog post – it’s the name of the next cookbook!  Cooking For Dummies by Bryan Miller and Marie Rama is a great reference guide for cooking that includes recipes. The recipe I had tagged was for Sautéed Peppered Sirloin of Beef.  Al joined me in the kitchenRead more

Recipe for a great birthday party

A bit of a break from The Cookbook Project to celebrate our friend’s Ivan’s birthday!  On Sunday we celebrated.  The recipe you ask – a pool full of friends (which can include new friends stranded in Windsor en-route from Chicago to Toronto) + lots of meat + 2 mini fridges full of booze + 1Read more

The Best Burger Hunter Ever Ate

“This is the best burger I have ever had!” proclaimed my son Hunter after taking his first bite into the burger I gave to him.  The kid has consumed a lot of burgers in his life so it really was a compliment.  The recipe came from Street Food Diaries by Matt Basile.  It is another cookbookRead more

Easy dinner party roast beef

Next up for the cookbook project is the cookbook In the Charcuterie by Taylor Boetticher and Toponia Miller.

Ooh la la – Cooking with Al

Saturday was an impromptu gathering at our house.  After a few weeks of a break from it, Matt was back at working on the fence lining the inside.  Since it was a nice day we invited over friends and I made the next cookbook recipe – bavette aux echalotes grillees or flank steak with grilledRead more

Another Attempt at Baking

Matt and I spend a lot of time and money at the pub a block from our house, Kildare House.  We joke that Kildare House is our living room.  As a result of all the time we spend in Kildare we have gained several friends.  If anyone is wondering where we picked up Al asRead more

Tom Colicchio Steak!!

STEAK!  Let me just say how much I love steak – I f-ing love steak!  I also love Top Chef.  Top Chef is my favorite reality tv show.  Top Chef has really been an inspiring turning point in my life getting more into wanting to try things in the kitchen and actually wanting to beRead more

Grill x2

The project continues with Clare Ferguson’s cookbook Barbecue – From Skewered Prawns to Hot Beef Satays.

Homerun.

I have to say that after two recipe fails I was in need of a homerun.  My next book in line was Frame by Frame Quick & Easy by Parragon Books Ltd.  Each recipe in the cookbook includes step by step pictures of the recipe being made.

Fast Stir-Fry

The project continues with the cookbook Rocco’s Real Life Recipes – Fast Flavor for Every Day by Rocco DiSpirito.  Rocco DiSpirito is celebrity chef and also a cutie.  He is know for his Italian/American cuisine and he is all about healthy cooking.

ROSE-BURGER!

Rose-Burger is a nickname of mine lovingly used by Matt and his friend Brad.  Luckily those are the only two humans who call me by this nickname.  

Bevie

More from The Truck Food Cookbook

One more quick fast recipe to share from The Truck Food Cookbook by John T. Edge.

Breakfast

Baking Empanadas

I am no fan of baking.  But in my quest to continue to learn and improve my skill I make sure to include baking recipes.  Why don’t I enjoy baking?  If I had to guess it’s because I really don’t like sweet foods, so I don’t find joy in making sweet foods.  I was reallyRead more

Breakfast before Tweed

One of the fun events in Windsor Matt and I try to do each year is the Tweed Ride.  It’s a bicycle ride where you are encouraged to ride vintage bicycles and wear vintage clothing.  The ride itself goes around the city making stops at bars and restaurants along the way.  The morning of theRead more

More Breakfast, Baking This Time

Oh baking.  Not my thing but you know…part of the reason for my cookbook project is to cook new things and improve upon my cooking.  So I guess that includes baking.  And right off the heels of my last breakfast recipe, I whipped up another breakfast recipe.  This time from a Gordon Ramsey cookbook!

Mini Yummy Breakfast Sandwich

I am a runner…or should I say I try to be a runner.  When I am running regularly it’s awesome, but as soon as I don’t run for a week/week and half it’s an uphill battle to get back into it.  Before making this next recipe, which  coincidently came from a cookbook aimed to cookRead more

Did I really tag a recipe for Okra?

Did I really tag a recipe for okra was what I was thinking when I opened the next cookbook in line.  Even though I have never cooked with (or probably ate) okra I couldn’t imagine it being good.  But my friend Al loves okra so perhaps about 6 months ago when I last used thisRead more

Breakfast for Hangovers?

This year for my birthday, my friend Tash got me a cookbook.  It’s not your typical cookbook, it’s a cookbook geared to be great hangover foods.  I figured I would make my first recipe from the book on a weekend morning after spending the previous night out.

Kind of a goodbye brunch to Maike

Maike has been living with Matt’s mom for about 6 months now while on exchange with the Rotary Club which means it’s time for  her to move in with another host family to finish up her year.  Matt’s mom had a bit of a “going away” brunch for Maike and I decided to check theRead more

Lobster Fail

One of the days during our break from work between Christmas and New Years I decided to make breakfast for Matt and I.  My next cookbook cooperated with a breakfast recipe as the next recipe I had tagged.  It came from The Great Lobster Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit.

Yummy Pub Food

I have to say I am so far really impressed with the next cookbook.  It’s called Great Pub Food: Make Home Your New Local.  Everything I have tried from the book, including the Beef and Guinness Pies I made last time I used this book, have been great!  Perhaps it would make a great Christmas gift for someoneRead more

Breakfast Sandwich for Breakfast

I am finding while doing this project that I am making a lot of soups and a lot of breakfast sandwiches.  Well here’s another breakfast sandwich.  It comes from the cookbook The Truck Food Cookbook.

More Breakfast? This time fruit!

I am on a breakfast bender I guess.  Well there are probably worse things I could be on a bender for.  The next recipe comes from another one of my new cookbooks, Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite.

Another Breakfast – Ham and Swiss Sandwich

Along with the cookbook Thug Kitchen, see last post, Matt had brought me another cookbook  home from the same business trip.  The other cookbook is called The Feed Zone Cookbook.  It’s made for athletes so the recipes tend to be healthy but also high in protein.

Healthy nutty Breakfast Bar

This next recipe took me out of my comfort zone a bit in picking up ingredients which I’ve never bought before…like quinoa and millet.  Luckily I was able to get all the crazy healthy ingredients at Bulk Barn (otherwise I would have had no idea where I could have possibly shopped).  The recipe came from theRead more

Back to Baking…

Baking, my favorite…which is meant to be sarcastic.  I am not a baker, as seen in the post from the last time I used this cookbook, Home Cooking’s Baking & Desserts.  But since I have the cookbook I will bake anyway – at least the tagged recipe.

Breakfast – Better than McDonald’s

Next up I revisited the cookbook 200 Best Panini Recipes by Tiffany Collins.  Last time around I made a breakfast sandwich (read about it here) and coincidentally the next tagged recipe was also for a breakfast sandwich!

Lobster Eggs Benedict!

A few month ago Matt and I took a trip to Toronto with our friends Jamie and Natasha.  During the trip we stopped in at a restaurant called Rock Lobster.  We had a snack and lobster Caesars and I bought their cookbook “The Great Lobster Cookbook” by Matt Dean Pettit.

Life is too short not to eat well.

Life is too short not to eat well is written on the wall of the checkout area of Eataly in Chicago.  Founded by Oscar Farinetti and partnered with B&B Hospitality Group, which includes Mario Batali, Eataly is an awesome “store” (meaning much more than a store, you can shop for groceries, eat at any of the many mini restaurants within Eataly,Read more

Starting the day off right.

What better way to start off a Sunday morning than a breakfast sandwich with friends?  On Sunday’s Matt and I are athletic and play an hour of tennis with our friends Jamie and Tash.  Sunday really is a fun day and luckily the next recipe worked right into that plan.  

Chicken

Satay with Peanut Curry Sauce

a couple weekends ago Matt and I spent in Montreal, one of my favourite cities to escape to, in summer and EVEN in the winter!  While there we went to Atwater Market, a great market btw, and snacked on some chicken satay from the Satay Brothers vendor in the market.  They were so tasty IRead more

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!

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!!

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

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.

Al’s Birthday!! Why not grill?!

My friend Al is one day older than I am.  For my birthday I received flowers from someone’s secret admirer (see the photo below) and we went out to Vito’s Pizzeria for a delicious meal with several bottles of wine.  The next day I asked Al if he wanted to come over for some grilled chicken forRead more

Japanese stuffed peppers

What?  Another Japanese recipe?  YES!  Another complicated very precise Japanese recipe.  I am up for the challenge.

Surprisingly good chicken wings

To start off with, I have not had any “winning” recipes yet from this cookbook.  So my hopes were not all that high for this next recipe to be a winner.  But to my surprise I really liked it, I mean I really really liked it.  The recipe came from The Portlandia Cookbook (which wasRead more

Unseasonably warm weather = bbq weather

We have had a pretty warm December, a few weeks back I took advantage of that and grilled outside.   Luckily the next recipe in line, from the cookbook The Meat Cookbook, worked well with my plans.

Confusion City – Curry Chicken and Rice Noodles

Well I have to say I am super happy I had help for this recipe.  There were a lot of elements and the recipe wasn’t the easiest to follow.  It was also a lot of work.  The recipe came from the cookbook Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and a Visit with my bro!

Yay!  My brother, Roger, came to visit me!  He doesn’t live close so I don’t get to see him (or my sister-in-law or my adorable nephew) as much as I’d like.  But Rog is a commercial pilot and he was able to manage a leg of a work trip with a day off not tooRead more

Easy Chicken Fajitas

It shouldn’t be a surprise to any readers at this point but I LOVE meat. 

Chinese Chicken Salad

A relatively new cookbook I own is Good Food Fast! by Chef Jason Roberts with Stacey Colino.  The book features healthy tasty gluten free recipes.

Recipe for a great birthday party

A bit of a break from The Cookbook Project to celebrate our friend’s Ivan’s birthday!  On Sunday we celebrated.  The recipe you ask – a pool full of friends (which can include new friends stranded in Windsor en-route from Chicago to Toronto) + lots of meat + 2 mini fridges full of booze + 1Read more

More SOUP!

At this point I am pretty much convinced that in the most artic point of the winter I will have all grilling recipes since in the summer I seem to have all soup recipes.  This soup recipe comes from the cookbook “The Best of Chef at Home” by Chef Michael Smith.  What I really likeRead more

Another Bittman Soup?!

I continued the project with my second Mark Bittman cookbook, How to Cook Everything – you can read about my attempt of making a soup recipe from my other Mark Bittman cookbook here.  As it happens I also no longer have the book jacket for this Mark Bittman cookbook either and also as it happens the recipe IRead more

Soup…or maybe not.

As luck would have it the next recipe in the project is also a soup recipe.  The recipe is called Whole-Meal Chicken Noodle Soup, Chinese Style and is from the cookbook The Minimalist Cooks Dinner by Mark Bittman.  Mark Bittman is also author to another cookbook I have, How to Cook Everything, and each areRead more

Brick Chicken!!!!!!

Brick Chicken is my favorite chicken recipe to make on the grill.  It’s super tasty and relatively easy.  While it’s not cookbook project recipe it’s so yummy I thought I would share!

Grilling

Grilling is actually the title of my next cookbook in line.  It is a small cookbook by an author in Sydney, Louise Parker.  I have no idea where I got this book – if was a gift (sorry if anyone reading bought me this book) or if I bought it.  I have to say IRead more

Dessert

Part III of Cuttlefish Ink Challenge

So perhaps the most challenging part of the cuttlefish ink challenge was to come up with a dessert. Not only does cuttlefish ink seem really out of place in a dessert, but also I avoid making desserts at all costs!  I am a pretty terrible baker, I don’t like to sweet things, I am justRead more

Remember when we saw Gin Blossoms?

“Remember when we saw Gin Blossoms,” my cousin Rachel said as we were walking back to my house from Windsor’s Fork & Cork Festival, literally minutes after watching Gin Blossoms preform.  A few weekends ago my cousin Rachel and her husband Kenny came to visit from Chicago.  We had a short amount of time butRead more

Easter Fun!

This year for Easter we stuck around home instead of traveling.  We got invited to our friends Brad and Jo’s house for a fish fry/bonfire on Saturday.  The next cookbook in line was the one and only baking cookbook I own…not even sure why I own it?  I am not a dessert person so itRead more

Back to Baking…

Baking, my favorite…which is meant to be sarcastic.  I am not a baker, as seen in the post from the last time I used this cookbook, Home Cooking’s Baking & Desserts.  But since I have the cookbook I will bake anyway – at least the tagged recipe.

Rosemary: Not a Baker

I will preface this post by saying that I am not a baker.  And in particular I don’t care for cakes and pastries so making a dessert is really out of my comfort zone.  That said the next book line happens to be the only dessert book I own, and I am not really sureRead more

Fish

Spice Hoarder

Indian food is not a cuisine I am very familiar with be it eating or cooking. What better way to get acquainted with a cuisine than to buy a cookbook and start making some of the dishes?!  I also found that while I have a ton of different spices, I needed to purchase several ofRead more

Part Two of Cuttlefish Ink Challenge

If you remember from this post 2 weeks back, my friend Jamie challenged me to make several dishes with cuttlefish ink.  I created a pasta with the ink and it was delicious!  Next up I decided to make a tempura batter incorporating some of the ink.

It’s been a while…

Hey, remember me? Rosemary who cooks a lot.  I can forgive you if you don’t, I have been SO busy I didn’t post a new recipe all last week!  That was first…and hopefully a last.  With the holiday’s approaching and some last minute airline tickets to use up, it’s been a while since I haveRead more

Coconut Curry, yes please!!!

More fish? Why not!  Since I am in a self-proclaimed fish kick why not embrace it.  This time I am making halibut!  Halibut is a lean mild fish.  It is pretty firm but also very tender.  It is often used in fish and chips (delicious), but I didn’t fry the halibut for this next recipe.

Ahi Tuna – super fast, super tasty!

I seem to be in a bit of seafood kick right now. In my last post I made a super easy clam recipe and really hope some readers do try that recipe.  Not only is it good but it’s a sense of accomplishment to use an ingredient which can be intimating.  This next recipe usesRead more

Everyone should make clams!!

Lately I have been noticing I have been buying and making clams a lot more. I really enjoy clams.  They are pretty versatile and they don’t take long to cook.  Plus there is something kind of fun about pulling your food out of a popped open shell!  As an Italian girl even though I don’tRead more

Stretching out my legs-sssssss

Part of the awesomeness of going through my cookbooks and tagging a recipe and then opening that book again about 6 months later is it’s a total surprise to see what I will be cooking.  I have cooked some things I would normally shy away from (because I made it a rule that I can’t opt out ofRead more

The Last for Thai Street Food

The next recipe tagged will the be last recipe I will be making from this cookbook.  I have gone through the entire book and have not found another recipe that peaks my interest.  It is a beautiful book, very large with lots of great photos.  But I have really had a hard time finding recipesRead more

Fun with Fish

MultiFood in Windsor is quickly becoming a favorite place for to grab groceries.  They have a lot of ingredients that I haven’t been able to find at other stores in the area.  For example – banana leaves, they have them, which was perfect because I needed them for this next recipe.  MultiFood also  has anRead more

Squid Salad

I really dislike wasting food.  I do my best to only purchase food that I will use.  It’s not always easy, schedules change, things come up, plans change and as a result I end up with rotten food.  This next recipe I was originally going to make a week ago, but life happened and IRead more

A salmon day

We had a busy fun exhausting weekend.  So when you notice there aren’t too many “in progress” photos of this recipe, it’s because while cooking my friend Tash asked me if I was going to take any pictures…I was half way done with the cooking at that point…oops.  So I’ve tried to make up forRead more

A Matt favorite dinner

Matt and I had spent a portion of the week in Montreal.  We ate some GREAT food and really noticed the difference between how food and serving are treated in Montreal vs. Windsor.  Food seems to be elevated in Montreal and servers seem to really respect what they do.  Not to say food and service isRead more

Fish Fry…and mayonnaise woes…

I CANNOT make mayonnaise.  I have tried several time using various recipes and it NEVER works out.  But I keep trying in the hopes that one day I will be able to master making mayonnaise.

Maike and Rosemary – Cooking for Dummies

Ok Maike and I aren’t dummies but the next cookbook in line is Cooking for Dummies.  The last time I used this book I cooked with Al, you can read about our yummy steak here.  The book is a great reference cook book with lots of good pointers and well as some really yummy recipes.

Another Seafood Cocktail?!

Something strange that seems to happen is that I have very similar recipes all clumped together.  In the summer I had endless soup recipes.  Well 2 recipes ago I had a scallop and shrimp cocktail recipe.  Well when I opened the next book I found I have another seafood cocktail recipe, or Salpicon de Mariscos, asRead more

Hunter’s Birthday!

For Hunter’s 18th birthday we gave him the option of where he wanted to go for dinner.  He said he wanted to eat at home and for me to make the best burger he ever ate again.  I was very excited he wanted me to cook for him rather than go out so I reachedRead more

Easy Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail

The next cookbook up is one of my few Mexican cookbooks.  It’s called Mexican Made Easy by Marcela Valladolid.  The recipe tagged was for Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail.  This recipe was pretty quick and easy so there aren’t many photos.  We had it as a snack one night while watching Shameless.

Easy, Good and Fast!

I really like recipes that are easy and fast.  Of course if they are also tasty I consider the recipe to be the trifecta.  This next recipe was one of those.  It came from a cookbook that I have a had a lot of success with.  The cookbook isn’t as pretty as many of myRead more

A New Orleans Feast!

January has a lot of birthday’s…mine, my Aunt Lorrie, my Uncle John, my Uncle Mark, my friend Al, my son River, the best bartender in the world Vinny, my friend and Cheetoh’s vet Andy and I am sure a bunch of other people too!  My friend Andy has a love of New Orleans cuisine.  When IRead more

New Year’s Eve Seafood Feast!

For New Year’s Eve Matt and I arrived at the idea of making dinner for 10 friends at our friend Andy’s house.  Andy has a Viking Range (as seen in the background of the photo above) which I might want for my own kitchen when we finally redo it.  So it seemed like the perfectRead more

Lobster Fail

One of the days during our break from work between Christmas and New Years I decided to make breakfast for Matt and I.  My next cookbook cooperated with a breakfast recipe as the next recipe I had tagged.  It came from The Great Lobster Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit.

I caught you a delicious bass…

So technically I did not catch this fish but couldn’t resist a chance to quote one of my favorite movies Napoleon Dynamite.  A movie I recently watched with Maike as a “culture experience.”  But I did buy and cook bass for the next recipe with came from the cookbook Thai Street Food.

My favorite cooking companion is back!

Sorry Al, Maike has replaced you in becoming my favorite person to cook with.  With Matt traveling again Maike came over to keep me company and hopefully learn another great meal to impress  her family with when she returns to Germany.  I gave Maike a heads up prior to her coming over as to whatRead more

Easy and Delicious Appetizer

Matt was coming home from a trip right around dinner time so it seemed perfect to make the next recipe, an appetizer, for his arrival.  The recipe came from Charles Phan’s cookbook The Slanted Door.

Ceviche

For dinner this particular night I decided to tackle 2 cookbook recipes.  The first cookbook for the evening was World Market’s Seafood.  World Market is one of Matt’s and my favorite stores to visit when visiting family in suburban Chicago.  There are several locations throughout the states and one happens to be VERY close toRead more

Marinated Trout and Cucumber Tarts

We had some short notice visitors this weekend – my mom and Diane had plans to go to friend’s cottage which fell through so they came to Windsor instead!  They assisted in the next recipe which came from the cookbook “Fingerfood” by Murdoch Books.

Cod Stuffed Peppers – lot of work but worth it!

Warning…this post is a long one, lots of steps, lots of pictures and while I am guessing probably nobody will make these, due to all the work they take, I have typed up the recipe anyway because they are worth it and I really hope someone will make these!  The recipe comes from Tapas by JoyceRead more

The Final Birthday Dish – Thai Fish with Shrimp

Matt’s birthday ended with a bang (or as Andy would say a BOOM).  We had a potluck style meal.  The dish I made came from Quick and Easy’s Stir-Fry Cookbook.  Backstory on the cookbook – I actually bought this cookbook for Matt on our first Easter together.  I also bought a wok and filled it with allRead more

Flavorful Thai Soup

Guess what?!  Another soup recipe in the summer!!  This one comes from the cookbook “Thai Street Food” by David Thompson.  This is the largest cookbook I have, it doesn’t fit on my book shelf upright but it contains beautiful huge pictures of each recipe.

A yummy fish dish this time!

So…last night for dinner I made a recipe (a non-cookbook project recipe) but it was really tasty and easy so I decided to share!

Lamb

Eastern Market Lamb

Eastern Market in Detroit is a super fun place to go. The market is open year round on Saturday’s from 6AM to 4PM.  Not only can you get some really great produce in the farmer market sheds, but the buildings surrounding the sheds are great as well.  You can find a great seafood store, meatRead more

Bloody Valentine

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!! Because I LOVE food so much I decided to put up 2 posts this Valentine’s Day!!  Ever hear the old saying “the way to the heart is through the stomach?”  Whoever came up with that I don’t think ever took an anatomy class.  BUT for me I know I put out a lotRead more

Actually Cooking with Rosemary!! Actually good…

So a recipe that actually uses rosemary.  And it comes from Tom Colichio’s Think Like a Chef cookbook.  The recipe tagged was for roasted leg of lamb.  I am not a huge lamb lover but Matt loves it so when I tagged this recipe long ago I did so for him.  Love you Matt <3

Pasta

I have been challenged!

I have been challenged with an ingredient. Back in the summer my friend Jamie (who has since moved to Toronto 🙁 ) challenged me to make a meal using horseradish.  I put together 5 or 6 dishes, including a dessert – a horseradish cheesecake, and served all our friends.  Once again Jamie has challenged me withRead more

Herb Garden Pasta

For Christmas this past year my brother and sister-in-law wanted an indoor herb garden. Getting them this indoor herb garden was harder than I thought.  In Windsor every grocery store I shop at seem to have potted herb plants in the produce department.  Stateside I went to SEVERAL grocery stores, called a few more andRead more

Spaghetti with …

One of the many awesome things about living in Walkerville is there are several great restaurants which are easily walkable to. One of my favorites is Vito’s Pizzeria.  When we go I typically get the steak or seafood feature while Matt goes for something I never make, mainly because I hate tomatoes, spaghetti with tomatoRead more

Everyone should make clams!!

Lately I have been noticing I have been buying and making clams a lot more. I really enjoy clams.  They are pretty versatile and they don’t take long to cook.  Plus there is something kind of fun about pulling your food out of a popped open shell!  As an Italian girl even though I don’tRead more

Back to Vegetarian

Guess what…I am back to the start of my bookshelf, which means we are revisiting my vegetarian cookbook, Plenty, which according to Amazon is a best seller!

Yum Broccoli Pasta

The more and more I cook recipes from cookbooks the more and more I find there are some pretty terrible cookbooks out there.  Cookbooks where it seems nobody actually proofread or tried out the recipes.  Perhaps some of my funnier/more popular posts are those that have recipes that don’t work out.  Well sorry to disappointRead more

Simple Simple

As many already know I am a big believer in easy weeknight dinners.  I don’t want to have to prep a ton of ingredients and spend a lot of time actively cooking after getting home from work.  This next recipe delivered on that, which was much appreciated because after work with Matt out of townRead more

Sometimes cheese doesn’t make things better.

The next recipe comes from fellow Windsorite Rino Bortolin’s cookbook: Rino’s Kitchen – Cooking Local in Windsor & Essex County.  The last time I used this book my friend Jen was really happy (which is sarcastic) that I made asparagus and put up a whole post discussing it.  (you can read about it here.)  ForRead more

Surprising great dinner

I have to admit when I opened the next cookbook in line and saw the recipe tagged I wasn’t that excited.  It seemed kind of blah but as soon as I took my first bite I immediately was happy with the results!  The cookbook the recipe came from is The Minimalist Cooks Dinner by MarkRead more

Pork

GochuJang

  GochuJang is a Korean sauce that is kind of new to me. It is a red chile paste that contains glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, salt and sweetener.  It has a pretty unique flavor, it’s super thick and is pretty strong – meaning it really needs to be stirred into something to make a sauce or marinade ratherRead more

Sweet & Spicy

I had a bit of pork tenderloin left over from the recipe I made I my last post. I decide to make a quick stir fry and throw in some shrimp too, why not?  The whole dish came together quickly, didn’t use a ton of ingredients and had such great flavor – a perfect busyRead more

Perfect Dinner Party Main

There are so many recipes out in the world it’s rare that I have a single recipe on repeat. Of all the recipes I’ve made I think this next recipe is one that I have gone back to make the most.  It’s my go to dish for a dinner party.  It’s delicious, unexpected and best ofRead more

Easy Veitnamese

I find that lemongrass is kind of an odd thing. For being a stalk of grass I find it really strange that it carries such a citrus scent and flavor.  Lemongrass is used as an herb in Asian cuisine (which is how the next recipe uses it) but also as a medicinal herb in IndiaRead more

Since I bought mushrooms…

For my last post I used mushrooms, I had a few left over so I decided to put them to use. If you might recall I said I really don’t like eating mushrooms, but I do really like sauces made with mushrooms…so I went ahead to make a pretty popular mushroom sauce.  And while typicallyRead more

Long process with tasty reward

This next recipe had been an ongoing process for about a month.  Reason it took so long is because it involved curing meat!  Something completely new to me but given my love for cured meats I was extremely excited when I opened up the next cookbook and saw what I was going to be doing!

My name is Rosemary and I love Ramen

Ramen is awesome!  I love ramen.  I love it’s richness.  I love it’s complexity of layers of flavors.  When I see a bowl of ramen I smile.  It is my comfort food.  It’s like a hug of deliciousness.  I have been crafting my own recipe for ramen for the past month.  Trying out different things andRead more

Crumbly mess pork burgers

Well it’s winter and I am grilling outside!  I was super excited to fire up the grill for this next recipe but my hopes of a great burger were diminished when I realized the elements of the burger were not sticking together.

Recipe didn’t work out but there’s a back-up…

I had to plan ahead for this next recipe, since the marinating time was 3 days!!  The recipe came from the book: In The Charcuterie.  The recipe tagged was for Pork Brochettes with Herbes de Provence. (sounds fancy!)

Pulled Pork – kind of…

It has been fun now that I am getting back to cookbooks I have already visited and comparing to what I made the last time round.  Last time I used this cookbook I made a BBQ burger, you can read all about it here.

Prosciutto Time!

On our last trip to Eataly (you can read about it here btw), I bought a new book called “Prosciutto” by Carla Bardi.  The book is not only a guidebook for prosciutto but it also contains a few recipes.

Bizarro Riblets

One of my favorite shows to watch is Portlandia.  Portlandia is a sketch comedy show staring Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen along with Carrie Brownstein.  They play all sorts of characters.  It is a pretty funny, yet out there, kind of bizarre show.  I was really excited when my friend Jen got me “The Portlandia Cookbook” byRead more

Rice

Paella!!

I LOVE paella. Paella is a Spanish rice dish which can include sausage, chicken, shrimp, clams, mussels, and on and on.  This past summer I made a big dish of paella and had a bunch of friends over.  Paella is a great way to feed a lot of people, and it’s not your typical “dinnerRead more

Cooking with my new Multi-Cooker!

It’s always fun to get a new kitchen tool or appliance and use it for the first time. After seeing a crazy multi-cooker in a Sur La Table catalog I decided I wanted to get one.  I’d been considering getting a rice cooker.  And I think I may be one of the only humans whoRead more

Rosemary makes Risotto!

In an effort to make use of all the pancetta I have, read about making pancetta here, I decided to think up some creative ways to try incorporate it. The first thing I thought of was risotto.  I had never made risotto before so it seemed like a good time to try!

It’s Complicated!

I have a LOT of cookbooks.  On my last trip to the bookstore I stood in the cookbook section and noticed I had most of the cookbooks within the three shelves I happened to be standing next to.  As I thought about writing this post I decided I should count and found out I have 66 cookbooks. Read more

Shrimp HEADS!!!

Fair warning to all blog readers, this post contains fish heads!! 

Salad

Hello Chaos!

well… when I switched careers I had no idea how busy I would be in my new career right from the beginning. I thought I would have some time to get organized, get my website revised and slowly begin to gain clients. Instead can’t believe the amount of interest I’ve had in my cooking…so here’sRead more

Chicken Caesar Salad

Every year when we go to Mexico we seem to always dine at the restaurant No Way Jose.  The main dining room of the restaurant is on the second floor of a building with an open roof – it makes for a nice setting.  The restaurant serves contemporary Mexican cuisine.  It’s thoughtful, creative and delicious.  The ownerRead more

When you need a simple side…

I am not sure how many people noticed but my website was down for about a day.  For me, a person who really doesn’t understand computer codes, nor do I really want to, it is super frustrating when something isn’t working.  Whenever my site is down I tend to spend way longer than I shouldRead more

Let’s make something with Rose Water!

I love using new ingredients! A few months ago my friend Sandy gave me a bottle of rose water for my birthday.  Rose water is made by steeping rose petals in water.  Its flavor is used quite a bit in Persian cuisine.  Rose water is also used in cosmetics and has medicinal uses as well. Read more

Vegan Caesar

A couple of years back we took a cruise with my parents and my brother’s family. We had never been on cruise, didn’t really know what to expect and honestly didn’t think we would like it as much as we did.  It helps we went on a pretty awesome ship – Royal Caribbean’s Allure ofRead 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

Mushrooms

Mushrooms. They are an ingredient that I have never really liked.  Well I like sauces and such made with mushrooms, but actually eating a mushroom is not my thing.  So when I opened the next cookbook in line, I was surprised I had actually tagged a recipe which featured mushrooms.  But in the quest toRead more

Indulge without Breaking the Bank

Filet Mignon/Beef Tenderloin or filet de bœuf if you are French. That tender beef that is highly praised and highly priced.  It’s a treat to have filet mignon.  My income, as I am sure many other people’s incomes, doesn’t allow for me to indulge in filet mignon very often.  But after making this next recipeRead more

Chasing Summer

Summer is my favorite season.  Mostly because I REALLY don’t like winter.  I hate the cold, I hate the long dark days.  Summer is so much cheerier and fun.  Especially having a yard with a pool makes summertime that much more enjoyable.  So with summer this year wrapping up I decided to make a very summeryRead more

All star way to serve celery

One of the fun things about my blog is there are actually people out there who read my blog!  And a few readers even get super into reading my posts.  One reader in particular, Jolie, wants to start a Cooking with Rosemary Fan Club and has even joked (or maybe it’s not a joke) about makingRead more

Easy Healthy Transportable Lunch

Brown rice is something I really have never cared for.  It always seems gritty to me.  And it takes a lot longer to cook than white rice.  But it’s said to be the healthier better choice.  If you haven’t guessed it the next recipe features brown rice…and I have to say it kind of made meRead more

Squid Salad

I really dislike wasting food.  I do my best to only purchase food that I will use.  It’s not always easy, schedules change, things come up, plans change and as a result I end up with rotten food.  This next recipe I was originally going to make a week ago, but life happened and IRead more

Never say Never…

Matt and I are approaching our 2 year anniversary.  We had a very romantic wedding in Las Vegas, just the two of us.  When we came home we had a big celebration at our house.  To keep it “simple” we hired a couple of people to cook hotdogs and hamburgers on demand and had a “bar”Read more

Not my favorite of salads

As I have stated a bunch before I love Vietnamese food.  I will also say I have had this next dish in a restaurant before and liked it…so even though this recipe was a fail for me, it could have been my technique or it could have been the actual recipe I was following.

Poached Veggies with Sweet Sesame Dressing

Well this one was kind of a failure, on a couple of levels, but not necessarily the fault of the cookbook I used, Plenty.  Plenty is a vegetarian cookbook, and if you are into that sort of thing you will be happy to know a second cookbook, Plenty More, was recently released.

Rice Noodle Salad

Well I had a good streak of good recipes going, this recipe sadly ends that streak.  The recipe comes from the book Barbecue by Clare Ferguson.

Back to the BEGINNING!! Grilling – again, kind of…

Well remember WAY back when I started my blog and had my first successful dish?  Well it came from the cookbook Grilling by Louise Pickford.

Ceviche

For dinner this particular night I decided to tackle 2 cookbook recipes.  The first cookbook for the evening was World Market’s Seafood.  World Market is one of Matt’s and my favorite stores to visit when visiting family in suburban Chicago.  There are several locations throughout the states and one happens to be VERY close toRead more

Sandwich

Burger Queen

I have the reputation in my home for making delicious burgers. A couple of years ago I made my son Hunter a burger that when he took a bite he proclaimed that it was the best burger he’s ever eaten.  Hunter even asked that I remake that burger for his birthday dinner last year.  WhenRead more

Easy Panini

I really enjoy those long, several day process recipes. I look forward to spending that time in my kitchen and after working on something for days and days to finally taste the result.  Oddly equally also really like those quick and easy recipes.  The ones that you can throw together in minutes.  This next recipe isRead more

Beets taste like dirt.

As my cooking and skills in culinary continue to increase I have decided to evolve in my blog posts.  Going forward I have decided to no longer post about each and every recipe I make in my cookbook project, instead I will only blog about those exceptional recipes. Those I really want to share andRead more

Lobster!

This week a new restaurant opened in Walkerville.  It’s called Ceilidh Maritime Pub located at 1801 Wyandotte Street East.  I went opening night to check it out.  They serve East Coast Maritime food, which means seafood!  Lots of seafood!!  (If you aren’t into seafood you won’t have much to choose from…but since I love seafood theRead more

Yum sandwich

In my last post I gave the spoiler that the next recipe is for a sandwich.  It comes from a cookbook that I have had a lot of great recipes from so far…so definitely one to think about purchasing if  you are into having cookbooks with really yummy recipes.  We had a yard full of hungry swimmersRead more

Burger Time

Another busy exhausting weekend!  This past weekend we had my mom along with friends Di and Jeff visit from Chicago.  We went to Art in The Park  and to see (half of) The Monkees at Caesars Windsor.  Come Sunday night I was pretty exhausted so I decided to make a fast and easy recipe for dinner.

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…

Cooking on Vaca!

Matt and I just spent a lovely 9 days in Mexico.  We go to Puerto Vallarta each winter.  I started going around 15 years ago with my mom and some friends of my mom (which are now my friends too :).  Eventually our annual trip grew to included Matt and last year we also brought Matt’sRead more

Smoked chicken and guacamole squares

Square in this case is a fancy way to say sandwich.  Sandwiches were the crust is trimmed off and cut into 2 bite pieces.  The sandwiches I imagine are served on a three tiered serving platter at tea.  Well these are the sandwiches I made next!

It’s all in the bread

Last year my friend Tash I did a bread making class at Sur la Table.  It was a lot of fun and we learned quite a bit.  Bread seems to be a common thing that keeps coming up lately in my life.  The night before I made this recipe I met my friend Scotty forRead more

Steak Sandwich and Pickled Carrot Slaw

I will start out by saying that this next recipe had a lot to live up to.  It came from the cookbook Street Food Diaries which last time I made a recipe from the cookbook Hunter proclaimed it was the best burger he ever ate (you can read all about it here).

Breakfast Sandwich for Breakfast

I am finding while doing this project that I am making a lot of soups and a lot of breakfast sandwiches.  Well here’s another breakfast sandwich.  It comes from the cookbook The Truck Food Cookbook.

French Dip!

Well another sandwich recipe.  This one comes from The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches by Susan Russo.

No so great sandwich

Tom Colicchio is one of my favorite chefs.  He is head judge on one of my favorite shows Top Chef, a new season is suppose to start this fall – YAY!  I own 2 Tom Colicchio cookbooks, you can read about my first post using a Tom Colicchio cookbook here.  This cookbook is a sandwichRead more

The Best Burger Hunter Ever Ate

“This is the best burger I have ever had!” proclaimed my son Hunter after taking his first bite into the burger I gave to him.  The kid has consumed a lot of burgers in his life so it really was a compliment.  The recipe came from Street Food Diaries by Matt Basile.  It is another cookbookRead more

For sure the strangest sandwich I have ever made

I continue on the project with The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches by Susan Russo.  Susan is a fellow blogger, her blog is Food Blogga.

Starting the day off right.

What better way to start off a Sunday morning than a breakfast sandwich with friends?  On Sunday’s Matt and I are athletic and play an hour of tennis with our friends Jamie and Tash.  Sunday really is a fun day and luckily the next recipe worked right into that plan.  

ROSE-BURGER!

Rose-Burger is a nickname of mine lovingly used by Matt and his friend Brad.  Luckily those are the only two humans who call me by this nickname.  

Sauce

Sauce or Salsa

I had tagged a recipe for a salsa in one of my Mexican cookbooks. But the salsa did not contain the typical salsa ingredients.  No tomatoes in a salsa??  WHAT???  Well what ended up being created, while called a salsa in the cookbook, I would consider a sauce.  A very complex sauce that takes yourRead more

Fish Fry…and mayonnaise woes…

I CANNOT make mayonnaise.  I have tried several time using various recipes and it NEVER works out.  But I keep trying in the hopes that one day I will be able to master making mayonnaise.

Lucky Peach!

Lucky Peach is an awesome food magazine that I subscribe to.  It is my favorite magazine actually.  It contains fun articles about the restaurant business and fun interviews with some of my favorite chef’s.  It’s super fun to read.

Surprisingly good chicken wings

To start off with, I have not had any “winning” recipes yet from this cookbook.  So my hopes were not all that high for this next recipe to be a winner.  But to my surprise I really liked it, I mean I really really liked it.  The recipe came from The Portlandia Cookbook (which wasRead more

Poached Veggies with Sweet Sesame Dressing

Well this one was kind of a failure, on a couple of levels, but not necessarily the fault of the cookbook I used, Plenty.  Plenty is a vegetarian cookbook, and if you are into that sort of thing you will be happy to know a second cookbook, Plenty More, was recently released.

Sauce Bar

Last week I helped with a BBQ at work.  The menu consisted of shish kabobs, salads and rice.  To compliment the meat and veggies on the kabobs I offered to make a few sauces.  The sauce “bar” was a pretty big hit!

SALSAS!

In recent years Food Trucks have become a big deal around US and Canada.  They offer another option for hungry people outside the confines of a typical restaurant.  Typically the food served from food trucks is easy to eat with your hands not requiring utensils.  Food trucks also tend be pretty creative and offer different flavorRead more

Seafood

Dinner on the table in Minutes

Now that I am “cheffing” as a profession some may think I now make elaborate meals every night of the week.  Well what I have found in actuality is I am spending less time in my own kitchen, cooking less for myself and more for others.  So I am still all about quick fast mealsRead more

Quick and Easy Scallops

Scallops are the fast thing I seem to make, and also the easiest.  They literally are placed in a hot pan with oil for a minute and then flipped and cooked another minute.  So if you, like me, like to have some quick weeknight dinners to pull out of your back pocket here is another oneRead more

Shrimp Boil!

Sometimes I feel like a broken record when I talk about my love for quick and easy weeknight dinners.  But I really love discovering those recipes which don’t necessarily taste like they were a simple dish to throw together.  This next recipe is just that!

Winter Clams

I have a favorite recipe for clams which involves placing them on the BBQ until they pop open and then tossing in them a spicy garlic oil. I have never made a clam dish that I like better until this next recipe.  And since this next recipe does not involve having to go outside toRead more

It’s been a while…

Hey, remember me? Rosemary who cooks a lot.  I can forgive you if you don’t, I have been SO busy I didn’t post a new recipe all last week!  That was first…and hopefully a last.  With the holiday’s approaching and some last minute airline tickets to use up, it’s been a while since I haveRead more

Forget Chinese Delivery!

As much as I love to eat Asian food I have never made a dumpling, wonton or potsticker from scratch. It has always seemed like SO much work, especially when I can easily order delicious dumplings/wontons/potstickers from my Chinese delivery restaurant.  But in the interest in expanding my culinary ability I decided it was timeRead more

Trick or Scallops

  Ok so there is no trick, only scallops.  But Happy Halloween everyone!!  Scallops are one of those ingredients which are a treat. I love not only eating scallops but since scallops cook quickly they make for a nice fast dinner to cook.  But scallops can be expensive so I really don’t cook them allRead more

Coconut Curry, yes please!!!

More fish? Why not!  Since I am in a self-proclaimed fish kick why not embrace it.  This time I am making halibut!  Halibut is a lean mild fish.  It is pretty firm but also very tender.  It is often used in fish and chips (delicious), but I didn’t fry the halibut for this next recipe.

Ahi Tuna – super fast, super tasty!

I seem to be in a bit of seafood kick right now. In my last post I made a super easy clam recipe and really hope some readers do try that recipe.  Not only is it good but it’s a sense of accomplishment to use an ingredient which can be intimating.  This next recipe usesRead more

Everyone should make clams!!

Lately I have been noticing I have been buying and making clams a lot more. I really enjoy clams.  They are pretty versatile and they don’t take long to cook.  Plus there is something kind of fun about pulling your food out of a popped open shell!  As an Italian girl even though I don’tRead more

Stretching out my legs-sssssss

Part of the awesomeness of going through my cookbooks and tagging a recipe and then opening that book again about 6 months later is it’s a total surprise to see what I will be cooking.  I have cooked some things I would normally shy away from (because I made it a rule that I can’t opt out ofRead more

Lobster!

This week a new restaurant opened in Walkerville.  It’s called Ceilidh Maritime Pub located at 1801 Wyandotte Street East.  I went opening night to check it out.  They serve East Coast Maritime food, which means seafood!  Lots of seafood!!  (If you aren’t into seafood you won’t have much to choose from…but since I love seafood theRead more

The Last for Thai Street Food

The next recipe tagged will the be last recipe I will be making from this cookbook.  I have gone through the entire book and have not found another recipe that peaks my interest.  It is a beautiful book, very large with lots of great photos.  But I have really had a hard time finding recipesRead more

Fun with Fish

MultiFood in Windsor is quickly becoming a favorite place for to grab groceries.  They have a lot of ingredients that I haven’t been able to find at other stores in the area.  For example – banana leaves, they have them, which was perfect because I needed them for this next recipe.  MultiFood also  has anRead more

Squid Salad

I really dislike wasting food.  I do my best to only purchase food that I will use.  It’s not always easy, schedules change, things come up, plans change and as a result I end up with rotten food.  This next recipe I was originally going to make a week ago, but life happened and IRead more

A salmon day

We had a busy fun exhausting weekend.  So when you notice there aren’t too many “in progress” photos of this recipe, it’s because while cooking my friend Tash asked me if I was going to take any pictures…I was half way done with the cooking at that point…oops.  So I’ve tried to make up forRead more

A Matt favorite dinner

Matt and I had spent a portion of the week in Montreal.  We ate some GREAT food and really noticed the difference between how food and serving are treated in Montreal vs. Windsor.  Food seems to be elevated in Montreal and servers seem to really respect what they do.  Not to say food and service isRead more

Fish Fry…and mayonnaise woes…

I CANNOT make mayonnaise.  I have tried several time using various recipes and it NEVER works out.  But I keep trying in the hopes that one day I will be able to master making mayonnaise.

Maike and Rosemary – Cooking for Dummies

Ok Maike and I aren’t dummies but the next cookbook in line is Cooking for Dummies.  The last time I used this book I cooked with Al, you can read about our yummy steak here.  The book is a great reference cook book with lots of good pointers and well as some really yummy recipes.

Another Seafood Cocktail?!

Something strange that seems to happen is that I have very similar recipes all clumped together.  In the summer I had endless soup recipes.  Well 2 recipes ago I had a scallop and shrimp cocktail recipe.  Well when I opened the next book I found I have another seafood cocktail recipe, or Salpicon de Mariscos, asRead more

Hunter’s Birthday!

For Hunter’s 18th birthday we gave him the option of where he wanted to go for dinner.  He said he wanted to eat at home and for me to make the best burger he ever ate again.  I was very excited he wanted me to cook for him rather than go out so I reachedRead more

Easy Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail

The next cookbook up is one of my few Mexican cookbooks.  It’s called Mexican Made Easy by Marcela Valladolid.  The recipe tagged was for Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail.  This recipe was pretty quick and easy so there aren’t many photos.  We had it as a snack one night while watching Shameless.

Easy, Good and Fast!

I really like recipes that are easy and fast.  Of course if they are also tasty I consider the recipe to be the trifecta.  This next recipe was one of those.  It came from a cookbook that I have a had a lot of success with.  The cookbook isn’t as pretty as many of myRead more

Kind of a goodbye brunch to Maike

Maike has been living with Matt’s mom for about 6 months now while on exchange with the Rotary Club which means it’s time for  her to move in with another host family to finish up her year.  Matt’s mom had a bit of a “going away” brunch for Maike and I decided to check theRead more

Mussels

I really like mussels.  But they have to be fresh!  Whenever buying mussels I make sure that any open mussels stay shut when I squeeze them.  I also smell them.  If you pick up a bag of mussels and you place it under your nose it might look weird, but if they smell rotten you won’tRead more

A New Orleans Feast!

January has a lot of birthday’s…mine, my Aunt Lorrie, my Uncle John, my Uncle Mark, my friend Al, my son River, the best bartender in the world Vinny, my friend and Cheetoh’s vet Andy and I am sure a bunch of other people too!  My friend Andy has a love of New Orleans cuisine.  When IRead more

New Year’s Eve Seafood Feast!

For New Year’s Eve Matt and I arrived at the idea of making dinner for 10 friends at our friend Andy’s house.  Andy has a Viking Range (as seen in the background of the photo above) which I might want for my own kitchen when we finally redo it.  So it seemed like the perfectRead more

Lobster Fail

One of the days during our break from work between Christmas and New Years I decided to make breakfast for Matt and I.  My next cookbook cooperated with a breakfast recipe as the next recipe I had tagged.  It came from The Great Lobster Cookbook by Matt Dean Pettit.

I caught you a delicious bass…

So technically I did not catch this fish but couldn’t resist a chance to quote one of my favorite movies Napoleon Dynamite.  A movie I recently watched with Maike as a “culture experience.”  But I did buy and cook bass for the next recipe with came from the cookbook Thai Street Food.

My favorite cooking companion is back!

Sorry Al, Maike has replaced you in becoming my favorite person to cook with.  With Matt traveling again Maike came over to keep me company and hopefully learn another great meal to impress  her family with when she returns to Germany.  I gave Maike a heads up prior to her coming over as to whatRead more

A weird way to cook shrimp

The next recipe came from a pretty cookbook  I have, Home Made by Yvette Van Boven.  It’s gives a lot of instruction on techniques for cooking – today’s recipe features a way to make an in-house smoker.  Might I suggest this cookbook would make a great Christmas gift…

Easy and Delicious Appetizer

Matt was coming home from a trip right around dinner time so it seemed perfect to make the next recipe, an appetizer, for his arrival.  The recipe came from Charles Phan’s cookbook The Slanted Door.

More cooking with Maike – Salmon Taco edition

With Matt traveling I decided to invite Maike over for dinner so she could learn to cook another dish to impress her family with when she goes home to Germany.  Luckily for us the recipe ended up being a far easier recipe to follow than the last time we cooked together.  It came from theRead more

Ceviche

For dinner this particular night I decided to tackle 2 cookbook recipes.  The first cookbook for the evening was World Market’s Seafood.  World Market is one of Matt’s and my favorite stores to visit when visiting family in suburban Chicago.  There are several locations throughout the states and one happens to be VERY close toRead more

Marinated Trout and Cucumber Tarts

We had some short notice visitors this weekend – my mom and Diane had plans to go to friend’s cottage which fell through so they came to Windsor instead!  They assisted in the next recipe which came from the cookbook “Fingerfood” by Murdoch Books.

Shrimp Stuffed Peppers

The next recipe comes from “Mexican Made Easy” by Marcela Valladolid.

The Final Birthday Dish – Thai Fish with Shrimp

Matt’s birthday ended with a bang (or as Andy would say a BOOM).  We had a potluck style meal.  The dish I made came from Quick and Easy’s Stir-Fry Cookbook.  Backstory on the cookbook – I actually bought this cookbook for Matt on our first Easter together.  I also bought a wok and filled it with allRead more

And the birthday continues – Shrimp Toasts

Matt’s birthday continues on with Shrimp Toasts.  The recipe came from “Everyday Chinese”  by Paragon Books.

Clams in Tomato and Saffron Sauce

The next recipe comes from “Easy Tapas” by .  FYI this draft got lost so it was meant to be published a few weeks back.  Oh well, better late than never right?!

Totally normal to clean squid while being in the pool

For my handsome husband Matt’s birthday we invited over our collection of friends for a day of swimming and eating.  I decided to tackle 4 cookbook recipes in one day!  The first cookbook recipe came from “The Food of Vietnam” by Luke Nguyen.

More summertime soup!

Well another soup recipe.  I will remember this summer fondly as the summer of soup! 

Lobster Eggs Benedict!

A few month ago Matt and I took a trip to Toronto with our friends Jamie and Natasha.  During the trip we stopped in at a restaurant called Rock Lobster.  We had a snack and lobster Caesars and I bought their cookbook “The Great Lobster Cookbook” by Matt Dean Pettit.

Flavorful Thai Soup

Guess what?!  Another soup recipe in the summer!!  This one comes from the cookbook “Thai Street Food” by David Thompson.  This is the largest cookbook I have, it doesn’t fit on my book shelf upright but it contains beautiful huge pictures of each recipe.

Shrimp HEADS!!!

Fair warning to all blog readers, this post contains fish heads!! 

Side Dish

SPRING!

Spring is here!! Spring is here!! What better way to celebrate weather warm enough to be outside without a coat than to grill out?  I decided to grill some lobster this past weekend.  I needed a couple of sides to serve with my lobster.  I decided to make a spring vegetable, asparagus and I hadRead more

Kimchi!

In recent years kimchi has become more and more popular in North America. Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine.  It is salted and fermented spicy vegetables, traditionally napa cabbage and radishes.  I had never made kimchi before but I was curious to make some.  It is a process to make but is by noRead more

Tomato Hater No Mo

Are you ready for this, another tomato recipe from a person who really doesn’t like tomatoes. My Tash now says I am not allowed to consider myself or call myself a tomato hater since I have now successfully made several dishes which feature tomatoes and not only do I eat them but I also likeRead more

Is duck the “new” thing?

Duck and duck fat seem to be the new “hot” thing right now. And when I say hot I mean literally hot, remember this post when I burned myself with scorching hot duck fat?!  I wanted to make more use of the duck fat I have so I decided cook potatoes in duck fat.

All star way to serve celery

One of the fun things about my blog is there are actually people out there who read my blog!  And a few readers even get super into reading my posts.  One reader in particular, Jolie, wants to start a Cooking with Rosemary Fan Club and has even joked (or maybe it’s not a joke) about makingRead more

A little bit of home…

Growing up my favorite dinner that my mom ever made was a German-esque dish of sliced potatoes, bacon and onions.  My dad wasn’t fond of the dish, too breakfasty for him, so we would only ever have it on the rare occasions when my dad wasn’t be home for dinner.  As an adult I haveRead more

Not as planned

Sometimes you make something and it doesn’t turn out quite as expected, but it still turns out good.  It’s a happy accident.  A few years ago I was at friends Brad and Jo’s house and I was asked to prepare the salad.  I mixed greens with oil and vinegar and then sprinkled on salt and whatRead more

Roasted then Smoked

We are recipe 2 out of 3 of the recipes I made for pool guests a few weekends ago.  This next recipe was a bit different because it required to me to make a fun contraption to smoke the food.  I’m not really sure how well the smoker contraption really worked but it was fun toRead more

Three Recipes, One Day!

We are well into summer, my favorite season!  Weekends in the summer involve drinking by the pool all day and then in the evenings preparing dinner for all our guests.  A few Saturday’s ago I started menu planning and decided to take on the task of making 3 cookbook recipes, since the next three recipesRead more

Another new Cookbook!

A few weekends ago we were in Chicago for my cousin Ryan’s wedding and our nephew Nathan’s 2nd birthday.  I had a proud Auntie moment when playing with Nathan in his play kitchen.  Along with all his fake food  he had a pig beanie baby.  I put the pig in with a pot and pretendedRead more

Almost too much excitement for one post!

So something which was very exciting for me was I had a request from a blog reader for me to cook some Indian recipes.  Not to let my readers down I immediately ordered an Indian cookbook.  Something else very exciting happened the night before I made the recipe from the Indian cookbook, I was invited toRead more

Side Dish Star!

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

Easy Bread Making

So I wouldn’t typically consider bread making to be easy.  Well to be more precise it’s not technically difficult to make bread and it doesn’t take a lot of ingredients.  But bread making does take time which is probably the biggest reason I don’t make it more often.  This particular weekend Matt and I decidedRead more

Fun with Tomatillos

I love Mexico.  We vacation there every year with a group of family and friends.  For Christmas I received a new Mexican cookbook so I was eager to start my first recipe from it.

Another easy one…

I’ve been on a roll lately with having some super simple (and yummy) recipes.  This next one fall right in line.  It comes for a new cookbook (well actually Matt gave it to me for Christmas…but I haven’t cooked from it until now – you’ve been warned that I have reached my Christmas cookbooks…which aren’t Christmas food,Read more

More Vegan

Yes, I own more than one vegan cookbook.  If you read my last post  you will know that I find my Thug Kitchen cookbook to be hilarious as well as actually have some good vegan recipes.  So when Thug Kitchen came out with a “party” cookbook, for social mofo’s as they say, I immediately putRead more

Never say Never…

Matt and I are approaching our 2 year anniversary.  We had a very romantic wedding in Las Vegas, just the two of us.  When we came home we had a big celebration at our house.  To keep it “simple” we hired a couple of people to cook hotdogs and hamburgers on demand and had a “bar”Read more

Hunter’s Birthday!

For Hunter’s 18th birthday we gave him the option of where he wanted to go for dinner.  He said he wanted to eat at home and for me to make the best burger he ever ate again.  I was very excited he wanted me to cook for him rather than go out so I reachedRead more

Easy Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail

The next cookbook up is one of my few Mexican cookbooks.  It’s called Mexican Made Easy by Marcela Valladolid.  The recipe tagged was for Scallop and Shrimp Cocktail.  This recipe was pretty quick and easy so there aren’t many photos.  We had it as a snack one night while watching Shameless.

New Year’s Eve Seafood Feast!

For New Year’s Eve Matt and I arrived at the idea of making dinner for 10 friends at our friend Andy’s house.  Andy has a Viking Range (as seen in the background of the photo above) which I might want for my own kitchen when we finally redo it.  So it seemed like the perfectRead more

Easy and Delicious Appetizer

Matt was coming home from a trip right around dinner time so it seemed perfect to make the next recipe, an appetizer, for his arrival.  The recipe came from Charles Phan’s cookbook The Slanted Door.

Yummy Pub Food

I have to say I am so far really impressed with the next cookbook.  It’s called Great Pub Food: Make Home Your New Local.  Everything I have tried from the book, including the Beef and Guinness Pies I made last time I used this book, have been great!  Perhaps it would make a great Christmas gift for someoneRead more

Poached Veggies with Sweet Sesame Dressing

Well this one was kind of a failure, on a couple of levels, but not necessarily the fault of the cookbook I used, Plenty.  Plenty is a vegetarian cookbook, and if you are into that sort of thing you will be happy to know a second cookbook, Plenty More, was recently released.

More Breakfast? This time fruit!

I am on a breakfast bender I guess.  Well there are probably worse things I could be on a bender for.  The next recipe comes from another one of my new cookbooks, Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite.

Cooking with Rosemary and IVAN!

Summer is winding down 🙁  We decided to have our usual crew over for our last “sure” pool party of the summer.  I had a recipe from the next cookbook in line “Stonewall Kitchen Appetizers” by Jonathan King, Jim Scott & Kathy Gunst.  (If you click on the book below it will bring you to AmazonRead more

And the birthday continues – Shrimp Toasts

Matt’s birthday continues on with Shrimp Toasts.  The recipe came from “Everyday Chinese”  by Paragon Books.

Pickled Fruit? And links for Andy…

Matt’s birthday continued with some pickled fruit. I am a huge David Chang fan. I first got “acquainted” with him on the first season of Mind of a Chef.

Recipe for a great birthday party

A bit of a break from The Cookbook Project to celebrate our friend’s Ivan’s birthday!  On Sunday we celebrated.  The recipe you ask – a pool full of friends (which can include new friends stranded in Windsor en-route from Chicago to Toronto) + lots of meat + 2 mini fridges full of booze + 1Read more

Pickling!

“Home Made” is a cookbook by Yvette Van Boven.  It is a really nice cookbook featuring step by step tutorials.  The page I happened to have tagged was the pickle page!  I love pickles so I was excited!!

The Best Burger Hunter Ever Ate

“This is the best burger I have ever had!” proclaimed my son Hunter after taking his first bite into the burger I gave to him.  The kid has consumed a lot of burgers in his life so it really was a compliment.  The recipe came from Street Food Diaries by Matt Basile.  It is another cookbookRead more

Local Asparagus

As stated in the last post, this post is about the asparagus I made to go along with my Tom Colicchio Steak.  The recipe comes from a local cookbook, “Rino’s Kitchen – Cooking Local in Windsor & Essex County” by Rino Bortolin.  For those of you not familiar, Rino Bortolin is a councilor for the cityRead more

Grill x2

The project continues with Clare Ferguson’s cookbook Barbecue – From Skewered Prawns to Hot Beef Satays.

Soup

Sinus Clearing Dynamite Soup

This is the first recipe from another new cookbook I have! The cookbook is from a British fast food restaurant which makes Asian inspired (more particularly Japanese) food.  They also have a grocery store which they sell their retail products.  All I can say is that after making this first recipe if I lived inRead more

Best Tomato Soup

This week’s posts are all about soups! Tomato soup may seem like a basic soup but I promise you this take on tomato soup is not basic at all.  When I made this soup I was fully expecting to only serve it and not actually have a bowl.  But when I tasted it I changedRead more

Shrimpy Soup

I have tried to get into the habit this winter of making a soup over the weekend and then bringing the soup into work for lunches during the week. I try to make different soups week to week to keep myself from getting bored.  Most of the time I use either my chicken or veggieRead more

Soup made with leftovers

Brrrr. It is FRIGID outside!  And this past weekend all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball under a mound of blankets and watch tv.  Instead I spend some time playing around with my new multi-cooker I talked about in my last post.  And I made a really delicious soup using someRead more

Forget Chinese Delivery!

As much as I love to eat Asian food I have never made a dumpling, wonton or potsticker from scratch. It has always seemed like SO much work, especially when I can easily order delicious dumplings/wontons/potstickers from my Chinese delivery restaurant.  But in the interest in expanding my culinary ability I decided it was timeRead more

Let’s use some mushroom stock!

It was cold, windy and sleety last weekend. I guess our nice fall weather has finally left us. So it seemed like the perfect time to stay inside and make a warming, comforting soup with some of the mushroom stock I made in my last blog post. 

Another Stock

  I hate wasting food. I always have a large Ziploc back in my freezer to hold vegetable scraps and vegetables which are about to go bad in my fridge.  Once my Ziploc is full I make vegetable stock, see my recipe here.  Recently I had a bunch of recipes for mushrooms, and I findRead more

Let’s use that stock!

I hope all my readers did go ahead and make stocks this last weekend, read my previous post about stock making here, because now that I/we have stock it’s time to use it! Stocks don’t just need to be for soups, I made a pretty tasty risotto a few weeks back with stock here…which isRead more

Make Stocks this Weekend!!

Now that summer’s over 🙁 it’s time to start thinking about soups.  A few years ago I stopped buying packaged broths and instead decided to make my own, which is WAY healthier.  The first few times I made stocks I thought it was a total pain, I did not see how I could or wouldRead more

Tomato Time

I am not a tomato person. I have never liked tomatoes, which includes tomato sauce (even on pizza) and ketchup.  But in my wanting to grow my knowledge in all things culinary I decided to make something very tomatoey – gazpacho! 

My name is Rosemary and I love Ramen

Ramen is awesome!  I love ramen.  I love it’s richness.  I love it’s complexity of layers of flavors.  When I see a bowl of ramen I smile.  It is my comfort food.  It’s like a hug of deliciousness.  I have been crafting my own recipe for ramen for the past month.  Trying out different things andRead more

Not as planned

Sometimes you make something and it doesn’t turn out quite as expected, but it still turns out good.  It’s a happy accident.  A few years ago I was at friends Brad and Jo’s house and I was asked to prepare the salad.  I mixed greens with oil and vinegar and then sprinkled on salt and whatRead more

Dumbo Gumbo!

Gumbo is delicious!  Fishbone’s in Detroit has my favorite restaurant version of the this flavorful Louisiana style stew.  And back in the winter when I made a New Orleans birthday feast for my friend Andy (read about it here) I had included a delicious gumbo.  My taste buds started to water when I opened up theRead more

Polish Cooking

Making my way through the cookbooks I received for Christmas, the next cookbook up is a Polish cookbook.  I received it from Malwina, who I work with, and who happens to be from Poland.  I had never made (at least unaware if I’d made) Polish food before so I was excited to make this nextRead more

NOT Matzo Ball Soup!

What is more frustrating that cooking an entire day…and I am mean an entire day (starting at 10 AM and finishing at 7 PM) and the meal not working out?  I don’t think many things are much more frustrating that that!  Well welcome to my Saturday!  A day I devoted to cooking only to haveRead more

Maike and Rosemary – Cooking for Dummies

Ok Maike and I aren’t dummies but the next cookbook in line is Cooking for Dummies.  The last time I used this book I cooked with Al, you can read about our yummy steak here.  The book is a great reference cook book with lots of good pointers and well as some really yummy recipes.

Perfect Day for Soup

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.

RAMEN!!!

Full disclosure.  I love ramen.  I love to make ramen and I love to eat ramen.  This was not my first or last time making ramen.  It is complicated – I equate it to chemistry.  You have to have your measurements correct and your temperatures dead on.  Due to the complexity of the recipe IRead more

Recipe didn’t work out but there’s a back-up…

I had to plan ahead for this next recipe, since the marinating time was 3 days!!  The recipe came from the book: In The Charcuterie.  The recipe tagged was for Pork Brochettes with Herbes de Provence. (sounds fancy!)

French Onion Fail!

We went on a cruise!!  Our first cruise ever, for a WEEK!  (which was a time for me to be out of the kitchen).  Coming home I reached for the next cookbook in line, Michael Smith’s Best of Chef at Home Essential Recipes for Today’s Kitchen.  The recipe tagged was for French Onion Soup.

ANOTHER Beef and Noodle Soup

I have to say as I get more and more into cooking I am becoming more and more a fan of Mark Bittman.  I own several of his cookbooks and the recipe from today’s post comes from one of the first cookbooks I ever bought, How to Cook Everything.  I HIGHLY recommend this book forRead more

Beef Noodle Soup

Now that the weather is cooling off it’s nice to have a soup recipe next in line!  This recipe comes from 1 Stock, 100 Soups by Linda Doeser.  As the title states the cookbook contains 100 soup recipes which use 1 stock to create them.

The Summer of Soup Continues!

Our next in The Summer of Soup series comes from the cookbook “Simple Chinese Cooking” by Kylie Kwong.

More summertime soup!

Well another soup recipe.  I will remember this summer fondly as the summer of soup! 

Flavorful Thai Soup

Guess what?!  Another soup recipe in the summer!!  This one comes from the cookbook “Thai Street Food” by David Thompson.  This is the largest cookbook I have, it doesn’t fit on my book shelf upright but it contains beautiful huge pictures of each recipe.

More SOUP!

At this point I am pretty much convinced that in the most artic point of the winter I will have all grilling recipes since in the summer I seem to have all soup recipes.  This soup recipe comes from the cookbook “The Best of Chef at Home” by Chef Michael Smith.  What I really likeRead more

Another Bittman Soup?!

I continued the project with my second Mark Bittman cookbook, How to Cook Everything – you can read about my attempt of making a soup recipe from my other Mark Bittman cookbook here.  As it happens I also no longer have the book jacket for this Mark Bittman cookbook either and also as it happens the recipe IRead more

Soup…or maybe not.

As luck would have it the next recipe in the project is also a soup recipe.  The recipe is called Whole-Meal Chicken Noodle Soup, Chinese Style and is from the cookbook The Minimalist Cooks Dinner by Mark Bittman.  Mark Bittman is also author to another cookbook I have, How to Cook Everything, and each areRead more

It’s June – let’s make some soup!

Right as it seems like prime time for some grilling recipes, the next book in line for the project is 1 Stock, 100 Soups.  The book is by Linda Doeser and if you can guess from the title it contains 100 soup recipes you can make using the same stock recipe she provides at theRead more

The Grill

Fun with Fish

MultiFood in Windsor is quickly becoming a favorite place for to grab groceries.  They have a lot of ingredients that I haven’t been able to find at other stores in the area.  For example – banana leaves, they have them, which was perfect because I needed them for this next recipe.  MultiFood also  has anRead more

Almost too much excitement for one post!

So something which was very exciting for me was I had a request from a blog reader for me to cook some Indian recipes.  Not to let my readers down I immediately ordered an Indian cookbook.  Something else very exciting happened the night before I made the recipe from the Indian cookbook, I was invited toRead more

Korean? Short Ribs

I mentioned Walkerville’s newest restaurant F&B a few posts ago.  Well here I go again on F&B.  Something that Matt and I always order when we go are the Korean Ribs.  We crave them actually.  So when I opened up my next cookbook and saw the recipe was for Korean Short Ribs I was immediatelyRead more

Burger Time

Another busy exhausting weekend!  This past weekend we had my mom along with friends Di and Jeff visit from Chicago.  We went to Art in The Park  and to see (half of) The Monkees at Caesars Windsor.  Come Sunday night I was pretty exhausted so I decided to make a fast and easy recipe for dinner.

A Matt favorite dinner

Matt and I had spent a portion of the week in Montreal.  We ate some GREAT food and really noticed the difference between how food and serving are treated in Montreal vs. Windsor.  Food seems to be elevated in Montreal and servers seem to really respect what they do.  Not to say food and service isRead more

Crumbly mess pork burgers

Well it’s winter and I am grilling outside!  I was super excited to fire up the grill for this next recipe but my hopes of a great burger were diminished when I realized the elements of the burger were not sticking together.

Seasonal Ingredient

So for the first time in when I started this cookbook project I’ve hit a road block.  I open the next cookbook in line and the recipe tagged is for a grilled corn on the cob in husk.  It’s winter in Ontario and while I went to about 5 different stores/markets I was unable toRead more

Al’s Birthday!! Why not grill?!

My friend Al is one day older than I am.  For my birthday I received flowers from someone’s secret admirer (see the photo below) and we went out to Vito’s Pizzeria for a delicious meal with several bottles of wine.  The next day I asked Al if he wanted to come over for some grilled chicken forRead more

Unseasonably warm weather = bbq weather

We have had a pretty warm December, a few weeks back I took advantage of that and grilled outside.   Luckily the next recipe in line, from the cookbook The Meat Cookbook, worked well with my plans.

Pulled Pork – kind of…

It has been fun now that I am getting back to cookbooks I have already visited and comparing to what I made the last time round.  Last time I used this cookbook I made a BBQ burger, you can read all about it here.

Back to the BEGINNING!! Grilling – again, kind of…

Well remember WAY back when I started my blog and had my first successful dish?  Well it came from the cookbook Grilling by Louise Pickford.

Totally normal to clean squid while being in the pool

For my handsome husband Matt’s birthday we invited over our collection of friends for a day of swimming and eating.  I decided to tackle 4 cookbook recipes in one day!  The first cookbook recipe came from “The Food of Vietnam” by Luke Nguyen.

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and a Visit with my bro!

Yay!  My brother, Roger, came to visit me!  He doesn’t live close so I don’t get to see him (or my sister-in-law or my adorable nephew) as much as I’d like.  But Rog is a commercial pilot and he was able to manage a leg of a work trip with a day off not tooRead more

Recipe for a great birthday party

A bit of a break from The Cookbook Project to celebrate our friend’s Ivan’s birthday!  On Sunday we celebrated.  The recipe you ask – a pool full of friends (which can include new friends stranded in Windsor en-route from Chicago to Toronto) + lots of meat + 2 mini fridges full of booze + 1Read more

Sizzling Summer Ribs

The summer heat has finally arrived, enough to have our AC on and our friends not so casually asking to come over and use the pool (Al).  “The Slanted Door” by Charles Phan is a Vietnamese cookbook and the next in line for the project.  This is one of those cookbooks that tells stories alongRead more

The Best Burger Hunter Ever Ate

“This is the best burger I have ever had!” proclaimed my son Hunter after taking his first bite into the burger I gave to him.  The kid has consumed a lot of burgers in his life so it really was a compliment.  The recipe came from Street Food Diaries by Matt Basile.  It is another cookbookRead more

Local Asparagus

As stated in the last post, this post is about the asparagus I made to go along with my Tom Colicchio Steak.  The recipe comes from a local cookbook, “Rino’s Kitchen – Cooking Local in Windsor & Essex County” by Rino Bortolin.  For those of you not familiar, Rino Bortolin is a councilor for the cityRead more

Grill x2

The project continues with Clare Ferguson’s cookbook Barbecue – From Skewered Prawns to Hot Beef Satays.

Homerun.

I have to say that after two recipe fails I was in need of a homerun.  My next book in line was Frame by Frame Quick & Easy by Parragon Books Ltd.  Each recipe in the cookbook includes step by step pictures of the recipe being made.

Brick Chicken!!!!!!

Brick Chicken is my favorite chicken recipe to make on the grill.  It’s super tasty and relatively easy.  While it’s not cookbook project recipe it’s so yummy I thought I would share!

ROSE-BURGER!

Rose-Burger is a nickname of mine lovingly used by Matt and his friend Brad.  Luckily those are the only two humans who call me by this nickname.  

Grilling

Grilling is actually the title of my next cookbook in line.  It is a small cookbook by an author in Sydney, Louise Parker.  I have no idea where I got this book – if was a gift (sorry if anyone reading bought me this book) or if I bought it.  I have to say IRead more