I’ve never been one for sweet breakfasty breads; something about cinnamon buns and the like makes me rush for a nap. But, even more than that, I also hate a waste of food and after weeks of throwing away bananas, I had enough. It was time to master the art of banana bread.
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Tagged Banana, bread, breakfast food, cooking at home, food, Food blog, North Carolina, Raleigh
My typical birthday dinner is a night out, but I wanted to do something for Tony’s 31st birthday (yep, he’s getting to be an old man). I decided to tackle two of his favorite things; carrot cake and Spaghetti alla Carbonara. My attempts were both disappointing and delicious. Continue reading
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Tagged bacon, carrot cake, cooking at home, cupcakes, food, Food blog, Italian, wine
I had been wanting to cook something new for a while; I’ve been trying to eat healthy lately and it’s meant a lot of skinless chicken breasts and salmon fillets. I scoured Julia Child’s recipes, consulted my Jacques Pepin, checked to see if we had brandy, artichokes, or swiss chard, and was this close to seeing how much a tank of liquid nitrogen for frozen tomato puree pellets would cost when Tony casually mentioned how much he loved meatloaf growing up. Huh, meatloaf? That sounds complicated.
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Tagged cheese, cooking at home, food, Food blog, Julia Child, meatloaf, North Carolina, Raleigh
I know that I am in that this a blasphemy here in Pork Central, USA but I have to say that my favorite meat would have to be lamb. I could do a whole blog devoted totally to lamb and other sheep related meat products. Naturally when I first noticed lamb sliders on the bar menu at Manchester’s grill (see http://wp.me/pAgIi-2T and http://wp.me/pAgIi-bE ) I was pretty excited, and I have been a fan of them ever since. So, I thought I would try my own home made lamb sliders.
Lamb slider seasoned with curry powder
Posted in burgers, cooking at home, curry, home cooking, lamb, lamb burgers, lamb sliders, Uncategorized
Tagged bar food, burgers, cooking at home, curry, home cooking, lamb sliders, Manchesters
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
Posted in Beer, cooking at home, dinner, food, Food blog, lamb, lamb recipe, produce, recipes, Stew, vegetables
Tagged Beer, cooking at home, Fall, food, Food blog, lamb, Stew
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
Posted in cooking at home, dinner, farmer's market, food, Food blog, Julia Child, produce, tomatoes, vegetables
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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
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Tagged cooking at home, curry, lamb, lamb steak, marsala, Middle eastern food, Raz el Hanout, recipes, yogurt