Posts under ‘Recipes’

Vegan bacon?!

I recently made some new friends who are vegans. That may sound like “making friends with collectors of dryer lint” but I assure you that they are actually pretty cool people. As I love to cook for friends, I tried my hands at vegan cuisine. I’m not a vegan, but tackling vegan cuisine is akin […]

Blue Cheese & Honey!

Cheese paired with a sweet something is one of culinary’s classic and enduring combinations: gouda and apple, cheddar and honey, manchego and dried figs, Swiss and a dollop of fruit preserve, etc. A quick way to make a simple, quick, and very tasty treat is to sprinkle blue cheese crumbles on slices of French bread, […]

Grapefruit with sea salt and black pepper

I had some grapefruit with Kosher salt and coarsely ground black pepper. The black pepper is an idea from chef Tyson Cole of Uchi/Uchiko. Putting salt on tart or sour fruits is an Asian thing. Salt turns the sour or tart taste into a taste resembling sweet, but much more pleasant, in my opinion. For […]

Extra cilantro and flat leaf parsley?

I can never buy cilantro and flat leaf parsley in small enough quantities. They’re sold in fairly big bunches, but I generally use them only for garnishing, rarely as one of the main ingredients. I always have a large amount left over and cannot use them all before they rot. (I keep them, washed, wrapped […]

Pumpkin cheesecake with three-chili powder

I baked a pumpkin cheese cake for my company’s Thanksgiving potluck lunch. To make it “not just another pumpkin dessert”, I added ground dried chili. It’s the same mix that I used for my Texas chili, consisting of dried ancho, guajillo, and pasilla chili, ground in a bladed coffee grinder. I used 1 teaspoon of […]

Texas Chili!

The distinguishing character of Texas chili is believed to be that it does not have beans and has cubed meat, not ground meat. Additionally, it often has masa, corn flour (not to be confused with corn meal) as the thickening ingredient. I did a take on Texas chili this weekend, with a chili blend of […]

Great corn bread recipe…

I just found this “Southern style” corn bread recipe, supposedly by someone who grew up in the South. It sounds yummy! I think I’ll try it with jalapeño and scallion, with a batch of my chili… (Image from Books, Cooks, Gadgets and Gardening.)

The Mayan Mademoiselle: Achiote Salsa with Elderflower Liqueur

My company had our usual yearly salsa contest (as in the sauce, not the dance 🙂 ). I wanted to do something with St. Germain elderflower liqueur so I came up with “The Mayan Mademoiselle: Achiote Salsa with Elderflower Liqueur”. It didn’t win 🙁 . But I think it’s quite different and quite tasty, with […]

Quick Sunday lunch

Sandwich of smoked turkey, honey baked ham, spinach, cucumber, sharp cheddar, cherry tomatoes, and the pièce de resistance: balsamic vinegar.

I won!

It’s summer, so it’s time for the annual Spiceworks Salsa Contest. This year, the contest is held in conjunction with our party to celebrate Sys Admin Day, which is a big deal in and of itself. Last year, I won the “Most Culinary Creativity” prize with my “Strawberry Pico de Gallo”. This year, in a […]