Category Archives: amateur

Pork Ribs

My husband isn’t a fan of chewing meat off a bone. He was out of town so I thought I’d try out making ribs. I’d never made them before since I too wasn’t a fan of gnawing on bones, but … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #6: Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl

I thought this recipe from Cooking.com’s newsletter looked tasty, kid-friendly and easy. Well, this was a miss. The broth had too much sugar in it. I made the rookie mistake of not tasting the broth before cooking the chicken in … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #5: Blueberry Pancakes

Hey, I didn’t say all the inspirations would be for dinner. I got a Cooking.com newsletter that had a blueberry pancake recipe and I thought, “Sure! Why not?” I usually make waffles. I prefer them actually. But the whole point … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #4: Italian Wedding Soup

I’ve got a cold. I just got mostly over the flu and got walloped with head congestion. Blargh. So, I want soup. Lots of soup. It just so happened that Food and Wine’s newsletter yesterday had soup! Italian Wedding Soup … Continue reading

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Curried Fish and Potatoes

I haven’t made Indian food in ages. When my son begs for mac-n-cheese…yes, my child who gobbles up raw oysters, serrano ham and ramen still begs for the one “kid” food he likes…I make him that and make something for … Continue reading

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Potato Soup – For When You Don’t Have Leeks

1 1/2 lbs potatoes, peeled and cubed. 3 large shallots (equivalent to the amount a medium onion would give you) 2 cloves garlic 6 cups chicken stock 1/4 cup pancetta 4 slices bacon Lemon juice (one lemon) Finely mince or … Continue reading

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Newsletter Inspiration #1: Rigatoni with Spicy Calabrese-Style Pork Ragù

My newest adventure is actually grabbing a recipe from one of the bazillion newsletters I get each day and cooking something from it for dinner that night. One night in and I’m already improvising of course. I never follow recipes! … Continue reading

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Pan-Seared Chicken with Lemon and Red Onions

We had a bit of a hectic schedule. It was the first day back to school for my son after the winter break. I was back to work at his school as well after not working for 3 ½ months … Continue reading

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Christmas 2012

We had Christmas at about 5 different houses this year. Bouncing from family to friends and back again. We wanted to have Christmas day at our own house though. So since we’d already made the rounds, we extended and invite … Continue reading

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Pecan-Crusted Fish with Kohlrabi

1 lb Sablefish fillets 1 egg + water (make an eggwash) 1 cup crushed pecans (I zapped them in the food processor) sprinkle of cayenne 1 lb kohlrabi with greens 3 cloves garlic, sliced juice of one lemon 2T butter … Continue reading

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Ramen: The Weekend Adventure

Way back in June I took a class from Pim (aka Chez Pim) and immediately after the class started remodeling my kitchen and so I couldn’t make the amazing dishes I’d just learned about. Fast forward to the completion of … Continue reading

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The Kitchen – Before and After (almost complete!)

The thing that always bothers me about renovation shows and before and after pictures are that they always take the after shots from different angles that the before shots. So, I went through mine and stood in the same spot … Continue reading

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Outstanding in the Garage – Week..What? Oh, I don’t know.

I’ve been remiss in my updates. Truth is, the novelty of campsite-cooking in my garage has worn off. I’m still hanging in there. The kitchen is really coming together. But I’m so ready for it to be done!!! The cabinets … Continue reading

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My New Holy Trinity

+ + = Mix and enjoy. Seriously. Holy Trinity. Flavor yum. Hendrick’s Gin works well too. Trust me.

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Outstanding in the Garage – Summer Garden Gazpacho

My dad brought me tomatoes. He seriously grows the sweetest tomatoes I have ever had. When summer starts I begin dreaming of the tomatoes and waiting for them to ripen. I remember how sweet they are and then I get … Continue reading

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