“Quick” Meat Sauce

This is a quicker substitute for bolognese sauce, which normally takes a long afternoon of simmering. This only takes about an hour and 20 minutes, total, and has satisfying, rich, deep flavors. I use ground bison, but you could substitute ground veal, or a mixture of veal, beef, and pork.…

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Talk about wretched excess.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich apparently dropped $47,221 to cover lunch for a party of six at a New York restaurant last week. Most of the cost came from seven bottles of wine, $5k each. Note the automatic 20% gratuity added at the end. (via buzzfeed and serious eats)    …

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Roasted Turkey — An Old-Fashioned Method

So my tivo likes to record random episodes of Cook’s Illustrated‘s Cook’s Country for me, and one I happened to watch this weekend inspired me to give it a try… larded turkey. Larding is an old fashioned method of cooking large pieces of meat, back in the days when ovens…

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Roast Pork with Apples and Rhubarb

Preheat oven to 375º. Score the fatty side of a pork loin roast, just to penetrate the fat layer. Generously season with salt, pepper, and herbs de Provence. On the stovetop, brown all sides of the roast, 3-5 minutes per side. Core and slice golden delicious apples (3) and stalks…

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Full Disclosure

According the the US Federal Trade Commission, effective Dec. 2009, all bloggers have to disclose any connection they might have to producers of products that they review. I just wanted to reiterate my policy, which is up on the About page… Cooking Monster’s Code of Ethics Here at Cooking Monster,…

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Roasted Winter Squash Pasta

So I had this scheme to make pasta with the flesh from some autumn squash. It turned out pretty good, though I’m not sure if it was worth the trouble. In the end, I couldn’t really detect any flavor difference, though the pasta did have a nice golden-orange color, and…

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Whoops.

Due to a problem with my old webserver, I had to do a little shuffling, and in the end, lost a couple weeks worth of posts as well as about a dozen comments. Sorry about that.  Things should be otherwise back to normal.

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August Food Related Neologisms

A monthly look at new words and phrases about food. rito n. A clipping of burrito. “I just got out of a noise violation because the cop recognized my roommate as his favorite chipotle burrito roller. just another reason I love ritos.” weed in a can n. “Drank” is being…

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Boycott Whole Foods?

So, I’m feeling a little torn. Recently, the CEO and co-founder  of Whole Foods, John Mackey, wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal that criticized President Obama’s health-care initiatives. In it, he insists that Americans don’t have an intrinsic right to health care, and in a bit of…

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Maple-Glazed Ham Steak

¼ cup water ¼ cup maple syrup 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 ham steak Combine water, syrup, butter, soy sauce, and ketchup in a frying pan big enough to hold your ham steak. Bring to a slow boil, and lower the heat to a…

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The Price of Seasonal Buying at Trader Joe’s

A crankygram to the people who run Trader Joe’s. I’m kind of annoyed at my local Trader Joe’s. A few weeks back, I walked into the store to find it stocked like some communist era grocery store — most of the shelves were bare. Their excuse that time was that…

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Foodie Jargon for July

A monthly look at new words and phrases about food. eatertain v. Kessler spends a lot of time meeting with (often anonymous) consultants who describe how they are trying to fashion products that offer what’s become known in the food industry as “eatertainment.” Fat, sugar, and salt turn out to…

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Eleven Herbs and Spices Revealed?

Ron Douglas, author of America’s Most Wanted Recipes, claims he has discovered the secret recipe after lots of chicken, and years of testing. According to an article in The Guardian, the secret ingredients are : 1 teaspoon ground oregano 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground sage 1 teaspoon dried…

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“You Don’t Win Friends With Salad.”

So says Homer Simpson. Nevertheless, Mark Bittman, writing for the New York Times has come up with 101 ways to make a meal out of salad, ranging from vegan, to vegetarian, to omnivorous.

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Julia’s Method for Cheeseburgers

I watched an old episode of Cooking with Jacques and Julia, on the topic of beef, and they demonstrated their methods for making hamburgers, so I decided to give Julia Child’s method a try for dinner last night. The result was really good. 1 lb. ground beef (85/15) 1 shallot…

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June Jargon

A monthly look at new words and phrases about food. chicken on a throne n. We are not made of stone, and we could not resist including a clip of America’s most surreal superstar, humbly demonstrating in his own kitchen how he makes roasted chicken with pears. More important than…

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Pan-roasting the Best Steak

My wife and I have pretty much stopped ordering steak when we go out, since I seem to be able to cook it better than they can, for less money… granted, I can’t say how my steak compares to the really expensive steak houses. They probably have access to better…

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Trader Joe’s Taste Test : Frozen Langoustine Tails

The package instructions couldn’t have been more tempting : “Thaw, rinse with cold water, and serve.” About the size of medium sized shrimp these little pink curls have the consistency of lobster or crab, which isn’t surprising, because they come from the same family. Langoustines are north atlantic lobsters, usually…

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Portion Control and Plate Size

I’ve never been much on the importance of plate presentation, and I’ve got no scientific proof to back it up, but I can tell you that if you’re looking to lose weight, one of the first things you could do is get rid of all your plates and bowls. My…

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Tom’s “da bomb” Alfredo

“Hey why don’t you put MY recipe on your site instead of just listing me as ‘my “other” brother?’  The homemade pasta thing is da bomb and this sauce makes it that much better..it’s basically your sauce with a few changes.  It’s turned out very well the last few times I…

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Foodie Lexicon, May ’09

bogo acronym In the retail industry that stands for Buy One Get One. “Unfortunately, the bogo deals tend to favor families with more mouths to feed than ours. What am I going to do with a second ham?” bet dieting pp. Betting money on losing weight, particularly where the money…

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Cheater BBQ

I picked up a new cookbook last week, and I’ve been trying some of the recipes in it, with varying success. The cookbook is called Cheater BBQ: Barbecue Anytime, Anywhere, in Any Weather, by Mindy Merrell and R. B. Quinn. The basic premise of the book is that you can…

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Cooking for a Crowd

I don’t often get a chance to cook for more than one or two, so when I go up to Cincinnati to visit my in-laws, I’ve fallen into the pleasurable habit of doing all the cooking. It’s almost a given that I’ll be doing it, too. My mother-in-law prepares an…

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Holy Crap.

For her third anniversary of blogging, Pioneer Woman gave  away five 14-cup food processors last week. She asked people to post what they were making for dinner last Wednesday. The contest rules specifically insisted on only one entry per person. Still, she got 18,710 entries!

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