It is amazing how much the weather and the date on the calendar dictate what we crave. If you offered me pumpking anything January through September, I could only enjoy it it in the smallest quantities. Then the calendar changest to October, and BAM!! Give me pumpkin!!! Pumpkin pie, and toasted pumpkin seeds are a… Continue reading Pumpkin Waffles
There really isn’t much to say about ribs, because ribs speak for themselves. I love all kinds, and these are the ultimate fall off the bone, eat me any time, spicey, tangy, dry rub and sauce, finger lickin, sauce in the corner of your mouth, whole roll of paper towel using, it is great to be American ribs! And that is all I have to say about it!
I made this wonderful split pea soup, and briefly, with the table set with fresh bread, bowls of steaming green goodness, and the thermostat down a bit; it felt like fall. If you are from a warm climate, join the collective denial. It’s October darn it, and it is Fall.
I don’t write baking posts very often. Baking, for me, is kind of challenging. I’m honestly a reasonabley skilled baker, but it is always a bit of a struggle to work up to doing it. Then it is always a bit of struggle to not rush through it. In baking, the real skill is patience.… Continue reading Crazy About Carrot Cake
Barbecue sauce is one of those things that you need to learn to make. It is a lot like salad dressing. There are many wonderful, easy options at the store, but home-made will take your meal the extra mile. It is the crowning glory on grilled meats, and you can also just go crazy with… Continue reading Apricot Honey Barbecue Sauce
You have probably noticed that I don’t post a lot about sweets. I don’t do much baking. I can if I need to, but it isn’t really my favorite. Zuccotto is the best kind of dessert because doesn’t require baking. Since your are now scratching your head about what this mysterious Italian cake is exactly… Continue reading Zuccotto: Italian Sweet Cream Cake
I frequently have to whip up a quick dinner, and there are times when it isn’t that creative. I do the standard protein, vegetable, starch combination without much flair, but I still want it to taste good. A while ago, I started putting together some of my own seasoning combinations for those quick fix occasions.… Continue reading Poultry Seasoning
This recipe is the right at the top of the list for things you need to be a great Italian cook. It falls right below home-made red sauce, and just above the perfect meatball. Truly, every dinner at my grandparents house is served with salad and this dressing. I’ve shared this recipe with a few… Continue reading Ultimate Italian Dressing
There is nothing worse than dry flavorless chicken. Boneless skinless breasts are useful, easy to cook, and I guess they are healthy or something, but the number of ways to fix them and have them be really appetizing is sort of limited. I was always conviced to try and use breasts because the cost suggests… Continue reading Lemon & Sage Braised Chicken Thighs
Coming up with new and exciting side dishes is a great pleasure of mine. When I work on main courses, I sometimes get locked into the routine of chicken, fish, meat, etc., and while there are endless possibilities cooking almost anything; taking a trip down the produce isle and dreaming up great vegetable side dishes… Continue reading Sweet and Spicy Brussel Sprout Hash