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 […]

“En Papillote”

I made this “Sea Bass In Papillote” recipe today. I used dried thyme (about 1/4-1/2 tsp for two) so I “toasted” it along with the garlic and capers and tomatoes in olive oil beforehand. My twists were a bit of red pepper flakes, and a tiny bit of butter on each fillet (about 1/2 tsp each). […]

Like “Pulling Teeth”?

I had five teeth pulled recently in preparation for getting braces. Food-wise, I prepared by making a huge pot of cháo, the Vietnamese version of “congee”, or rice porridge. Since I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be up to chewing anything, I opted to purée everything into a soup-like dish. I cooked rice, with twice […]

Simple Salad: Yellow Beets and Strawberries

I did another simple salad for dinner, modeling it after a similar salad that my multi-talented sis-in-law made when she visited us recently. Julienne and boil yellow beets until fork-tender.  (I only used about 1/2″ of water in the saucepan to boil/steam the beet, keeping the pan tightly covered.) Hull an slice strawberries about 1/8″ […]

Zucchini and Tomato Salad with Bacon Orange Dressing

Dire straits often yield interesting, innovative, inspired, outcomes.  My kitchen dire straits often arrive at week’s end, just before we buy groceries for the coming week, when the cupboard is at its barest.  OK, so my “bare” may be many people’s “laden” but that’s another topic altogether.  Today, I need to make a veggie dish […]

Garlic Bread, My Way

I don’t understand why garlic bread recipes always call for “rubbing halved garlic cloves on bread”. I find doing so either doesn’t impart enough garlic flavor to the bread, or, if I do it too vigorously, would break up the crumb. My method is to squeeze garlic with a garlic press into some olive oil, […]

YAT (Yet Another Tart! :) )

I’m close to achieving a State of Yo with the tart crust! I can now get from ball-of-dough to crust-rolled-and-crimped in about five minutes! Anyway, the current baking procedure is 12 minutes at 400° covered with foil and pie weight, then removing foil and pie weight, piercing crust all over with fork, then bake for […]

Another Tart!

Still on a quest for that perfect tart crust, I baked another tart over the weekend. Technique-wise, I did pretty much the same thing with the crust as the last tart, except for baking time, which I notched back maybe by ten percent to see if it would dry out less. It looks like I […]

Vegetable Stew

I made a vegetable stew recently. A quick Google’ing shows a fairly common set of ingredients: onions, zucchini, eggplant, green beans, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc. Another commonality is the preparation: sautéeing the veggies together. Many reviews complain of the resulting stew being “tasteless”! One browns the meat beforehand when making meat stew, so why not […]

Roasted Chicken with Green & Black Figs

I saw some beautiful figs at the market today. Well, OK, it was more like, we ran into Paul Qui, winner of 2012 Top Chef Texas, and he was tasting a fig, and that gave me the idea. (He asked: “What are you guys cooking?” I said: “We’re roasting some chicken.” He said: “Oh, me […]

Another tart!

If at first you kinda succeed, try again! And that’s just what I did this Labor Day weekend: I made another tart. This time, it’s a potato, leek, onion and prosciutto tart, using the same crust recipe as the first one. I sliced the potato thin (1/8″-1/4″) and browned ’em. I sweated/sautéed the leek and […]