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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Updated Sausage and Peppers

As a girl who grew up in an Italian family and didn’t eat tomatoes or cheese, sausage and peppers was one of the few Italian dishes I liked. Sausage and Peppers is definitely a comfort food.  Sausage and Peppers also doesn’t require a lot of ingredients so it’s an easy dish to throw together.  IRead more

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

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

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

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

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

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