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[25 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Wet Roast Chicken with Mushroom Sauce]
Posted in: Entrees, Featured, Food
Wet Roast Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

This recipe was discovered after a search for something to cook in a brand-new Staub cast-iron pan I picked up at a steal from Amazon. The little recipe booklet that comes with the pan has a great many photos of whole chickens being roasted inside, but the recipes all in the end called for chicken parts. Staged photos indeed! Fortunately, I ran across this fantastic recipe from the site Meathenge for “Wet Roast Chicken” perfect for my cast iron pot. Here is the recipe with minor modifications, and many thanks …

[3 Dec 2008 | Comments Off on Pear Cream Soda]
Posted in: Beverages, Featured, Food
Pear Cream Soda

It’s been a while since I made sodas at home, and the first one I tried was inspired by some fresh ripe organic fruit picked up at the Alemany Farmer’s market. It’s a cross between a regular cream soda and a pear soda. We drank four liters of it in less than a week. The directions here are somewhat terse. For more complete information on equipment used, try the book Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop by Stephen Cresswell.

[28 Oct 2008 | Comments Off on Chocolate Cloud Cake]
Posted in: Desserts, Featured, Food
Chocolate Cloud Cake

I had never paid much attention to this recipe in Richard Sax’s Classic Home Desserts until one day, I run across it while reading through a Nigella Lawson cookbook. She reprints it, exclaiming how wonderful it is. Figuring it must be a good recipe for one chef to reprint it in their own cookbook, I had to try it. And Nigella is right. It’s a great, flourless chocolate cake that’s not too heavy. Don’t skip on the whipped cream topping–that definitely adds a necessary piece to the overall mixture.

[25 Sep 2008 | Comments Off on Omelet]
Posted in: Breakfasts, Featured, Food

There are many different ways to make an omelet and two ways to spell it. This way, taken from a recipe by Tyler Florence, makes it easy to get a nice, fluffy specimen. The spelling of omelet vs. omelette comes out to a tie –evidently the latter is more common in Britain.

[15 Sep 2008 | One Comment]
Posted in: Entrees, Featured, Food
Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bella Veitzman learned this colorful, joyful recipe from her mom and aunt in Ukraine. It was served (vegetarian-style) at her wedding. Bella’s special trick is to use buckwheat rather than rice for a fluffier stuffing with a wonderful taste.

[3 Sep 2008 | Comments Off on Summer Peach Chutney]
Posted in: Featured, Food, Sauces
Summer Peach Chutney

Summertime brings with it a delicious wealth of fruits and vegetables. This chutney takes a sweet, fragrant peach and adds just enough heat to keep things interesting.

[3 Sep 2008 | Comments Off on Watermelon Agua Fresca]
Posted in: Beverages, Featured, Food
Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon is fun to eat, but even more fun to drink. This cooling drink is a perfect antidote to hot summer days.

[3 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments]
Posted in: Breads, Featured, Food
Hamburger Buns

Baking your own hamburger buns is a luxury, but it’s not very hard, and just requires a little advanced planning.