10
Aug
2008

Posole

Posole is a thick soup that’s made with pork, hominy, garlic, onion, chili peppers, cilantro, and broth, from the Pacific coast of Mexico. My brother made this two weeks ago over a camp fire. He used pinto beans, but suggested…

06
Aug
2008

More from the Road

When you’re the only one who can cook, and you’re used to cooking for two and have to feed a crowd. Well, it looks like I’m the chief cook on this visit to my in-laws. Not that I mind much,…

04
Aug
2008

On the Road

Sorry for the lack of posts these last few weeks. I’ve been on vacation. The first leg, last week, I spent camping with my brothers and nephews in the Berkshires in nw Massachusetts, and this week I’m in Ohio visiting…

25
Jul
2008

Char-Broil Patio Caddie Electric Grill

Not half as good as a real gas or charcoal grill, but considering most apartment complexes won’t allow those on high-rise balconies, this is the best you’re gonna get. I mentioned before that I got an electric patio grill for…

24
Jul
2008

Butterflied BBQ Chicken

This method cuts the normal cooking time for a chicken in half. I got an electric patio grill for my birthday a few weeks ago, and with a few modifications, it’s able to get really very hot. So now I…

23
Jul
2008

In Season Now : Peaches

Stores are selling peaches at a cut-rate price now. Sweet and juicy, now’s the time to think about canning some so you can have that flavor all autumn and winter, too. Look for the best you can find … firm,…

17
Jul
2008

Alternatives to Reusable Canvas Grocery Bags

How To Carry Groceries With A Square Of Cloth

16
Jul
2008

Fish Market : What to Buy, What to Avoid

Monterey Bay Aquarium provides an excellent list of which fish and seafood to buy and which to skip. It’s fully hyperlinked, so you’ll find out why you should avoid a particular fish. Orange Roughy, for example, is a fish I’ve…

15
Jul
2008

La Cense Mail Order Beef

Last week, the good people at La Cense Beef sent me a quantity of their products to try for free in the hopes I’d tell you good things about them here. And after trying some of the items they sent,…

10
Jul
2008

More Recent Food Neologisms

“Family Meal,” “Haji Stove,” “Sad” Dumplings, & “Bathtub Cheese” family meal n.“I had arrived at 4 p.m. to experience a daily ritual that takes place in hundreds of restaurants across the city, and in thousands more across the country: family…

01
Jul
2008

Hummus

A middle-eastern favorite. 2 cans garbonzo beans, reserving the liquid from one 4 cloves of garlic ¼ c tahini paste juice from ½ lemon 1 package Adobo seasoning 1 T salt pepper to taste In a food processor, get the…

30
Jun
2008

Herb-Smoked Salmon

I made this one up as I went along, though, now that I think about it, Jamie Oliver probably did something similar on his new series. I used a prepared spice rub, but you could use your favorite spice mix….

27
Jun
2008

Onion Topping Better Than Green Beans

My wife exclaimed that while the green beans are “good,” the onions are “fab! Just like onion rings!” I tossed together some green bean casserole last night for dinner. Just some frozen haricot verts, parboiled for 5 minutes, and some…

26
Jun
2008

Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets

A low-fat, inexpensive alternative to breaded chicken cutlets. I was originally going to make this with chicken breast cutlets, but the turkey cutlets were half the price in my grocery store, so I went with them instead. The recipe is…

20
Jun
2008

The Night My Chicken Dinner Danced

A chicken dance of another sort. I’ve been having a bunch of fun with the Spore Creature Creator this past week. It’s a game that lets you create all sorts of weird creatures — like an electronic Mr. Potato-head. And…

16
Jun
2008

Congratulations!

Ted Sears has won the Cooking Monster Pie Eating Contest. His comment won him a free Cooking Monster Tote Bag! Ted says, “not very picky. like strawberry rubarb, partial also to blueberry, a good one anyway. but really, in general,…

14
Jun
2008

White Bean Mash

An easy dinner side dish comes together in less than 10 minutes. 1 large clove of garlic, chopped 1 can cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained In a sauce pan, heat up some oil, and lightly fry the chopped garlic. Add…

14
Jun
2008

Zucchini with Scallions and Mint

A tasty recipe to use up all the squash for your garden. I saw this on Lidia Bastianich’s cooking program on PBS. It’s surprisingly delicious. (You should know, though, that boiling vinegar will leave a lingering, though not completely unpleasant…

09
Jun
2008

DC Area Best Restaurants, 2008

An important resource for locals and DC tourists alike. Reminiscent of my own Google Maps project, someone took the time to enter all 100 of the best restaurants in the greater DC area, as listed by Washingtonian Magazine, into Google…

05
Jun
2008

In Season Now : Fava Beans

Also known as the broad bean, the horse bean, or the field bean, favas need a little more work than other varieties. After you’ve peeled the outer covering, which have a weird, spongy interior, you have to parboil the beans,…

28
May
2008

Tuna Noodle Salad & Grandma’s Potato Salad

Two of mom’s old summer stand-bys. A summer picnic was never without one or both of these on the table. Not much to post these last few days. Been a little too warm to be in the kitchen. I did…

24
May
2008

Pulled Pork Butt

This recipe will make your house smell wonderful, and you’ll be salivating for the hours it takes to cook. Preheat oven to 325. Mix in a food processor : 6 cloves of garlic 2 california dried chilis, bloomed over an…

21
May
2008

Easy Chicken Stew

Saw this recipe for a chicken stew with wine demonstrated on a cooking show last weekend, and thought I’d give it a go. The results were ok, but I think it could use some tinkering, as the broth was a…

20
May
2008

More Food Neologisms

More jargon and recently coined food words and phrases from The Double Tongued Dictionary. God shot n.“The [espresso] machine is for people who like to fiddle—and not everyone wants to grind beans, pre-heat demitasses, tamp at just the right pressure,…