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Adventures in Home Cooking: Oven Fried Cajun Chicken

I feel like its been awhile since we did a post even though its really been less than a week; a day of you count the links post that I did yesterday. So I am excited to present to you experiences cooking Cajun fried chicken.

Fully cooked Cajun fried chicken

Fully cooked Cajun fried chicken

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Adventures in Home Cooking: Irish Lamb Stew

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The seasons are changing slowly but surely here in Raleigh. My poor lonely sweaters are coming out of hiding, the AC is finally off, and I saw the first of fall colors outside of my window this weekend. More importantly, it’s time for heavy, meaty, stick-to-your-ribs food. After my culinary de-pantsing that was my Ratatouille, I needed something a little easier, but tasty. I was a little bummed that my last attempt turned out so bad, but I didn’t want to fall back on old “well, I can always get takeout” habits. It was time for the beginner cook’s secret weapon, STEW!  Continue reading

Adventures in Home Cooking: Julia Child’s Ratatouille

I just finished My Life In France by Julia Child and was inspired to create one of her dishes. Unfortunately, I don’t own Mastering the Art of French Cooking and it’s a tad pricy for me to run out and buy right now (especially if you subscribe to Regina Scrambling’s recent article in Slate about the book :http://www.slate.com/id/2226512/). Luckily, a quick google led me to a PDF excerpt from the book on Knopf-Double Day’s website (http://cooking.knopfdoubleday.com/2009/08/03/julia-childs-ratatouille-recipe/). The recipe was for her Ratatouille and looked relatively simple. I mean, Julia wouldn’t lead me down the wrong path….right? Continue reading

Kitchen Catastrophies: Tony’s lamb steak Raz El Hanout

After weeks of talking about and craving lamb, I finally broke down and bought some lamb steaks at the store the other day. Partially because my uncle has a sheep farm in Wisconsin, my family and I have always enjoyed this tender and complex meat.  I am not sure if this is the experience of most Midwestern families, but this meat seems like it was about as common as pork in my family kitchen as a child.  Anyways, it had been awhile since I had eaten home-cooked lamb, so I decided it was time to take a stab at cooking it on my own.

The finished product with seared veggies and rice

The finished product with seared veggies and rice


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Adventures in Home Cooking: Tomato Salad

 

 

 

Tomatoy Goodness

Tomatoy Goodness

Labor Day is the last gasp of Summer. No more shorts, time to put away my sunscreen, Tony’s speedo must go up on the shelf (just kidding). What better way to celebrate the end of the season with an old-fashioned cookout (not “a barbecue” Northerners, you eat barbecue, you eat at a cookout)? Our friends Molly and Brian hostessed and hosted respectively a great cookout featuring so many smoked meats, vegetarians around the world cried out in pain. I could have lived in that smoker next to the ribs and chicken. Continue reading

Adventures in Home Cooking: Napa Valley Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

One of my favorite books lately has been The United States of Arugala by David Kamp, which details the rise of the Foodie subculture and its heroes and symbols. Baby greens and sun-dried tomatoes are two developments discussed in the book, so as soon as I saw this on bell-alimento.com, I was inspired: Continue reading

Adventures in Home Cooking: Risotto Night

A couple of months ago, I made a resolution to start cooking more. I was the queen of the freezer and microwave, it was a little embarrassing that I was in my 20s and couldn’t put together a meal that consisted of more than “lift plastic cover, heat for 5 minutes.” So, a few times a week, I try my hand at putting together a meal from scratch. Continue reading