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A Trusty Trick for Cooking Without a Recipe (& Anxiety) via Food52

May 17th, 2017 Comments off
I’m always looking for tips, tricks and rules of thumb for cooking and this article contains some great info. Learn how the fat you choose affects the taste and style of your dishes and more. — Douglas
 
Say you are making a beautiful carbonara. You’ve got the bacon crisping, the Parmesan shredded and at the ready, the pasta water simmering away, and—oh no. You used up all the olive oil making Maialino’s dreamy Olive Oil Cake! And all you’ve got on hand is… coconut oil. Drat. That won’t work!

Sure, it’ll fill the oily void, but the flavors of the dish will be all off. You might run out to buy more olive oil, or you might think of this instead as an opportunity for culinary experimentation. Up to you. Either way, it’s easy enough to tell that coconut oil isn’t exactly what the dish is calling for—and it’s certainly not what a nonna would reach for. At the same time, butter would be unusual in a stir-fry, and sesame oil very peculiar in a sauce for sole meunière.
 
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On YouTube: America’s Test Kitchen DIY Bacon

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off

America’s Test Kitchen DIY Bacon

On YouTube: America's Test Kitchen DIY Bacon

Bacon. You love it. You want it. Need to take it to the next level? Learn how to make your own bacon (no smoker required!) from a slab of pork belly with the Test Kitchen’s Bryan Roof.



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10 Bits of Cooking Savvy We Picked Up Hanging Out in the Kitchen via Food52

April 28th, 2017 Comments off
I have learned most — if not all – all my best cooking tricks from watching others, whether that is television chefs on the Food Network or Maria Gaetana in Agira — looking over her shoulder while she fried up cotoletta vittelo (Veal Cutlets) for pranza while all the other uomini (men) stood outside on the balcony smoking.
 
So, as a reinforcement of learning by watching, here are 10 great ideas you can apply in your kitchen — hopefully to great success! — Douglas
 
 
In the same way that I’m in awe of friends who have learned new languages by “immersion”—but how do you start, I’ve wondered? And what keeps you from just, you know, staying silent for all of eternity?—I am also confounded by older, wiser, better cooks who tell me that I’ll learn to cook by, well, cooking.
 
But how? It never seemed to add up. I’ve held a brain in biology class, and it really isn’t very much like a sponge.

And yet, when I think back to how I cooked five years ago, and think about the knowledge that I seem to have osmosed, I’m shocked to realize that just the act of cooking is also an act of learning. Nearly every recipe—even those not billed as life-changing—has a valuable tidbit or takeaway that can be applied to other future recipes.
 
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3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Blackberry Lavender Fizz via Lifehacker

April 26th, 2017 Comments off
It’s time for Summer cocktails and this combination of blackberry, lavender and gin could be your porch sipper of the season. While I wouldn’t normally drink lavender soda by itself, I can see how it brings a unique note to the cocktail. Here in Los Angeles we can easily find Dry Lavender Soda at a nearby BevMo or other liquor stores. Yet another cocktail to try out. I think I have a list here somewhere. (LAUGH) — Douglas
 
Basically, I wanted something that was a little fruity, a little floral, and as pretty as an Easter egg. Though it initially seemed slightly ambitious, I was able to craft such a beverage using just three, flavorful ingredients, and the result was quite the porch-pounder. Bonus: This beverage can be built right in the glass, saving you time and dishes.
 

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On YouTube: Pasta Al Forno Dell’ultimo Minuto – Ricetta facile – Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe

April 24th, 2017 Comments off

A quick and easy recipe for baked pasta, directly from Italy and this Italian YouTube Channel. There is no narration on the video, so the language barrier is a bit less and the complete recipe, in English, is available in the video description. — Douglas

Pasta Al Forno Dell’ultimo Minuto – Ricetta facile – Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe

Pasta Al Forno Dell'ultimo Minuto - Ricetta facile - Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe

PASTA AL FORNO DELL’ULTIMO MINUTO Ricetta facile – Quick and Easy Italian Baked Pasta Recipe. Pasta al forno dell’ultimo minuto, ricetta facile, un primo piatto di pasta gratinato in forno. Sugo, salsiccia e mozzarella filante, un piatto completo, ricco e succulento, con pochi ingredienti!

Complete recipe in the video description



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Lemon Curd White Chocolate Chip Cookies via Closet Cooking

April 23rd, 2017 Comments off
Lemon curd and white chocolate are 2 of my favorite things. You can bet I am going to be trying a batch of these as soon as I can. Lemon curd can be a bit pricey, but the cookies certainly look worth it. I’m sure I’ll have to ration myself to 1 or 2 a day, though. They look and sound waaaaay too yummy! — Douglas
 
 
With Spring here and Easter right around the corner I have been thinking about brighter recipes, recipes with lemons in particular, and with a fresh batch of homemade lemon curd and I was thinking that it would be perfect in some white chocolate chip cookies! White chocolate chip cookies are my all time favourite cookie and I usually make them with macadamia nuts so I took my favourite recipe and modified it by removing the nuts and adding plenty of lemon! I started by removing some of the butter to replace it with lemon curd and I increased the flour to compensate for the increase in moisture and I added a large heaping tablespoon of fresh lemon zest for an even more intense lemon flavour! These lemon curd white chocolate chip cookies are so quick and easy to make! Seriously! You could whip off a double batch and be thoroughly enjoying them 30 minutes from now! 
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On YouTube: Grilled Greek Chicken – Garlic, Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken Recipe from Food Wishes

April 20th, 2017 Comments off

Rosanne saw this recipe and wanted to make it immediately. This is always a good sign. It does look very tasty. We might even get around to trying it out this weekend. — Douglas

On YouTube: Grilled Greek Chicken – Garlic, Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken Recipe from Food Wishes

On YouTube: Grilled Greek Chicken - Garlic, Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken Recipe from Food Wishes

As I mentioned in the video, the secret to this simple chicken is a very powerful marinade. This is one of those rare recipes where, when in doubt, we add a little more. Above and beyond that, the only way to ruin this would be to singe the skin/marinade with too high, direct heat.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler with Cornmeal Biscuits and Honeyed Cream via Joy the Baker

April 19th, 2017 Comments off

Strawberries, Rhubarb, biscuits and cream. Not much more to say about this except YUM! — Douglas

 
I swear… as soon as we wind our clocks forward and tack that extra hour of daylight to our evenings, I’m sure it’s summer.  I’m sure it’s time for a new pair of (now age appropriate) jean shorts, time for pink wine and pink sunsets, time for me to start chasing the sound of summer waves crashing on summer beaches.  

Time, really… for me to hold my horses.  

Because spring. Because there’s this easing into summer that usually involves lots of spring rain and surprisingly crisp days and just blooming flowers. In these gloriously crisp and blooming days we get welcome early strawberries and right-on-time rhubarb.  It’s only natural that we combine the two in some sort of pie iteration.
 


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Perfect Stamped or Rolling Pin Cookies via Savoring Time in the Kitchen

April 16th, 2017 Comments off
While the rolling pin mentioned in the article is custom made, there are a host of stamping rolling pins that can be used with the included recipes, including a few available on Amazon which I have linked below. I have a few individual cookie stamps, but using a rolling pin to stamp an entire set sounds like a great idea. — Douglas
 
I do not excel at cookie decorating.  It’s time consuming and, normally, I’m not a fan of icing on cookies anyway.  Cookie stamps or rollers are the perfect alternative to having a ‘cute’ cookie but one that doesn’t takes a lot of time to decorate! The problem with stamped or pressed cookies is often the design isn’t clear because the cookies either spread out or rise too much and the cookie design disappears.  

This past month, I received a special surprise from my very long-time and dear friend, Monique of La Table de Nana.  It was a beautiful, wooden rolling pin engraving with the name of my blog.  You can visit Monique’s post here to find out more about the artist and the lovely variety of engraved rolling pins.  They are the perfect gift for a friend or family member who enjoys baking!

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15 Tortellini Recipes That Will Reaffirm Your Love for Pasta via Brit + Co

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
Several recipes I plan on trying from this article including Sausage Pesto Tortellini Casserole, Crispy Tortellini Bites With Creamy Tomato Sauce and One-Skillet Chicken Sausage Tortellini — and probably a couple more. Yum! — Douglas
 
Pasta is a staple for a reason. Whether you’re making romantic pasta recipes for your significant other, enjoying a bowl of gluten-free goodness all to yourself, or making some in the slow cooker for the fam, there’s so much to love in every al dente bite. But if you’re looking for something easy, chances are you’ve had more than your fair share of simple spaghetti and penne with red sauce. Don’t let yourself get bored — swap the standards for tortellini, so you can continue to enjoy pasta night just as much as ever. These 15 recipes show how easy it is to use tortellini to make even the quickest weeknight meals fulfill all of your pasta dreams.    
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