Of all the Easter leftovers, asparagus is one of the most perishable. I tried to come up with a creative way to sneak it into dinner…again. What could I make that was as far from lamb and mint jelly as possible? Pizza! I considered doing a shaved asparagus topping, […]
Fruit, citrus, spice and herbs. That’s all you ever need for a good salsa, and the specific ingredients can vary as widely as your imagination, or refrigerator contents. This particular salsa needed to happen because I had a mango that was threatening to expire, and an overgrown mint plant.
During the final days of 2014, I tried Legal Seafood’s Bang Bang Cauliflower. It was an appetizer for the table to share, but I could have eaten the entire thing myself. I like cauliflower anyway, but this was incredible with the spicy red sauce coating, it was hard to even […]
I first saw Chinese 5 spice used on one of the later Julia Child’s shows, where she invited guest chefs to do the cooking. The chef was making a roasted chicken, and he rubbed a mystery spice all over the entire skin, prompting Julia to ask what it was. He […]
Flavored butters are great for holidays. They are versatile, customizable, and easy to make. Not bad gifts either!
The tomato plants gave us a so-so amount of tomatoes this year. But once the fall season crept up while we were away on the west coast, they suddenly sprouted another crop of tomatoes. Sadly, the weather did not stay warm enough. After a few nights of dragging them inside […]
I’m sure you’ve had homemade ketchup in restaurants at least once. It usually comes with hand-cut rosemary & truffle oil fries, stuffed into a crazy container that looks like a damaged slinky. This is way better than that. Doubtless there are quicker recipes for ketchup, but the long, slow […]
Syrups are easy to make and can be put to use in a lot of creative ways. It’s also a good use of basil, if you have an especially productive basil plant this summer! If your thumb is less than green, no problem. It’s a good excuse to find a farmers market, […]
I bought some lemon flavored mayonnaise at the store and I have to say, it is the best! I love the hint of lemon because it adds a subtle bright taste. The only downside is that it’s a spendy little jar, and we ran out of it pretty quickly.
It’s sad when you buy a disappointing watermelon. Every now and then, I cut one open and discover a mealy, tasteless inside, nearly devoid of all juice. However, instead of tossing the entire watermelon, I tried another rind experiment. When life gives you lemons, make relish.