Growing up, my mom would always make us homemade popcorn on the stovetop. We’d sit around the tv, munching down our large bowls of popcorn, and lick the butter and salt off of our fingers when we were done. I remember the pot that my mom always used to pop popcorn in had turned almost [...]
Have you ever wanted to make sun-dried tomatoes but you didn’t want to deal with insects, furry critters or any other outdoor elements? Maybe you’re like me and you’re afraid that your kitty will run off with all of your gorgeous garden tomatoes. This is a simple solution – oven-dry your tomatoes instead. Your precious [...]
If you’re anything like me, you buy a whole pack of carrots and use two or three of them in one recipe and then before you know it, those gorgeous carrots start to dry out and threaten to turn. Because I’m a sucker and I buy the large bags of carrots EVER.SINGLE.TIME… I freeze whatever [...]
How was your Memorial Day Weekend? Did you get some BBQ in your belly? Chlorine in your hair? This weekend was, after all, the un-official kick-off to summer. My weekend was simple. I got a few errands done, spent some time with some good people, ate some fantastic food, and whittled away at the apartment [...]
To get restaurant quality Hollandaise sauce is a little tricky. The emulsion of egg yolks and butter that has dated as early as the 17th century is not something that comes easy to the novice chef. Hopefully with these tips, you’ll crank out the perfect Hollandaise sauce in your own home. The most important part [...]
Onions are naturally sweet and when you cook them oven an extended period of time, the natural sugars in the onions brown and caramelize. You’re left with sweet, buttery onions that are full of deep, rich flavors. Use these onions on brats or steaks, for soups, dips, pizza or whatever. Heck, I’ll even eat them by themselves, [...]
We have a new house guest, Follow. He is in the “cone of shame” while he recovers from his trip to the vet. He also loves hugging people. I wanted to make him something really special to make him feel welcome. I looked in my All About Roasting cookbook for some ideas. I like this book because [...]
Please read this document regarding garlic-in-oil mixture safety before continuing. Who needs a stake to ward off evil vampires when you can dump garlic-infused olive oil all over them instead? If only Buffy had been more domesticated. Other reasons why you should roast garlic cloves in an entire bottle of extra-virgin olive oil: Garlic makes just about [...]
Imagine this: I am sitting in my PJs watching Brazil and listening to the lid of the crock pot bubble and pop as my tri tip simmers. As I put my dogs up and sip my beer I have this sudden urge to get up and dance. I burst up, shooting droplets of beer everywhere [...]
I was at my local super market for something completely unrelated to this post when I ran into a couple of artichokes. Now, this wasn’t my first rodeo with an artichoke (you can see my handy work here), but these artichokes were particularly rude. These rabble rousers were wreaking havoc amongst the customers in the [...]
Today’s focus is on sinfully sweet chocolate and melting techniques. Chocolate is a fairly fragile substance and burns rather easily. So when it comes to those melty chocolate recipes you really don’t want to expose your delicious morsels to direct heat. There are a couple different methods that work well to melt chocolate. Firstly, chop [...]
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