Winter is the worst. Right around now every year (mid-January) the frigid weather starts to feel like it’s dragging on and on. Cabin fever starts to set in. It gets dark out so early that leaving the house past 6 is a struggle. Warm comforting foods are all I want to eat. This next recipe,Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.