Month: April 2017

Challenge Basket #1

ingredients

Shake and I love watching competition cooking shows. Shows like Knife Fight and Top Chef take us 3 hours to watch because we’re always pausing it and discussing the food and chefs and Padma’s outfits. I find the shows really inspiring-if two chefs can…

Simple Gravy

gravy

I make gravy all the time, sometimes with more success than others. This particular attempt turned out quite well, and kept in the fridge for several days, so it seemed right to share it with you-not to mention it only took about 15 minutes,…

Coconut Lime Risotto

coconut lime risotto

I needed a side dish for pulled pork the other night, so I went prowling through my pantry for potential treasures. I wanted to make rice, but I only had sushi rice and Arborio, which is commonly used for risotto. I had plenty of…

Easy Tomato Sauce

easy tomato sauce

This is the kind of sauce I whip up when I need something quick for a simple pasta or homemade pizza. The ingredients are simple and easy to keep on hand, and once you’ve made it a couple times it becomes second nature-you’ll give…

Classic Mashed Potatoes

potatoes

Mashed potatoes are wonderful. Even the pickiest eaters like them, they’re easy to make, and the leftovers provide all sorts of bountiful options, like my potato croquettes. Ultimately I believe a well mashed potato needs nothing more than butter and salt, but there is…

Meal Plan: Sunday Fry-Up

sunday fry up

A friend from the Commonwealth was in town last weekend, so we decided to do a classic Sunday fry-up for everyone to recover from the festivities of the visit. I’d planned ahead, so I had leftover mashed potatoes and gravy from earlier in the…

Marion-Blackberry Campfire Cobbler

campfire cobbler

Summer is coming, which means outdoor cooking is about to get awesome. We smoke and grill all year round, but I especially love campfire cooking, which just isn’t as fun when it’s freezing cold outside. Yesterday it was actually slightly warm, so we burned…

Caviar Deviled Eggs

caviar deviled eggs

Devilled eggs are always delectable, but you can really dress them up for a fancy dinner or indulgent snack with a few simple but luxurious tweaks. Caviar is a bit of a pricey garnish, but 1 oz. will serve 6-8 people, so a little…

Potato Croquettes

potato croquettes

Ingredients Serves 4-6 2 cups cold mashed potatoes 4-5 slices bacon, diced Optional: Gravy or ketchup to serve.  Instructions Wearing gloves, form small balls of mashed potato, about the size of a Ping-Pong ball. Flatten the croquettes slightly between your hands and place on…

Saucy Madam

The saucy madam

This is the perfect drink for these early season sunny days filled with outdoor chores and spring cleaning. Basil is a wonderful aromatic and herbaceous element to keep your nose engaged just as much as your taste buds! Ingredients Equipment: muddler, shaker, strainer, champagne…