Cooking Basics Tomato Concassé

In culinary school chefs in training learn many tips and tricks for creating dishes that not only taste good, but look good as well. Instead of simply chopping up tomatoes chefs make tomato concassé. It is a simple technique that greatly improves the look and plate appeal of any recipe.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage wasn’t something I ate growing up. We were middle class Lutherans from Ohio – we had meatloaf and pork chops and such. When I went off into the world I discovered corned beef in the deli and in delicious Reuben sandwiches (where I also acquired a taste for sauerkraut). It always seemed like one of those complicated foods that would be … Continue reading Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry with General Tso’s Sauce

If you had told me two years ago I would be posting a recipe about tofu I probably would have laughed until I caused some sort of internal injury. I grew up a mid-west meat and potatoes boy. I had crossed paths a time or two with tofu in the 80’s and 90’s and I was not a fan. All of that changed a couple … Continue reading Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry with General Tso’s Sauce

Food Court Copycat General Tso’s Sauce

Whether you know this as General Tso, Tao, Tso’s, or even Tse, this spicy sauce a popular across the U.S. in Chinese restaurants. While there was indeed a General Tso (sort of) and he was from the Hunan province of China neither he nor China have anything to do with this sauce. It is a completely American creation, and no one can honestly say exactly … Continue reading Food Court Copycat General Tso’s Sauce

Falafel – Street Food of the Levant

There are as many recipes for Falafel as there are ways to eat it. If you are unfamiliar with this Middle Eastern delicacy, think of it as hummus meets hush puppy. The base is usually fava beans or chickpeas (garbonzo beans) or a combination of both. Where I live fava beans are hard to come by, so I use a chickpea only version similar to … Continue reading Falafel – Street Food of the Levant

Marshmallow Madness Crispy Rice Treats

It is hard to improve on a classic family treat, but this recipe is even better than the ones you had as a kid. How, you might ask, is that possible? More marshmallows. Freeze dried mini marshmallows (like you find in some breakfast cereals) add a fun pop of color and a little more deliciousness to this recipe. Store any uneaten treats in an airtight … Continue reading Marshmallow Madness Crispy Rice Treats

Spicy Maple Bourbon Refrigerator Pickles

A good pickle is hard to beat. They are great snacks, garnishes and ingredients if you want add a little zip to your daily meal. The good news is you can make these at home with no special equipment. If you have a large bowl, some jars with lids and a refrigerator you can make awesome pickles. I started with a basic spicy dill pickle … Continue reading Spicy Maple Bourbon Refrigerator Pickles