Meat and potatoes

12th January, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

There are some days when – assuming one is not a vegetarian – a slab of red meat would really hit the spot. We all have our own idea of the “perfect steak”. The beautiful part is that we can all get our perfect steak in the comfort of our own kitchens. If you’ve ever […] Read More

From humble origins, mighty stews grow

1st February, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Stew, be it beef, chicken, chowder, veggie or some other configuration is a deceptive dish. The ingredients are humble – meat that can’t be cooked any other way, root vegetables, herbs and whatever else is handy – yet is can satisfy the belly and warm the soul like no other meal. It’s also cheap, which […] Read More

Fire up the oven, it’s short rib time

30th September, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it’s time to start entertaining the idea of turning on the oven. In celebration of autumn, harvest season and all the other good things that happen this time of year, this week’s recipe will feature two of my favorite things: braising and short ribs. If […] Read More

Nostalgia burgers

7th June, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

In Salina, KS there is a restaurant approximately the size of a Volkswagen van called The Cozy Inn. Open since 1922, The Cozy – as the locals called it – makes one thing and one thing only: very small hamburgers, aka sliders. The average order is about six burgers. The burgers are served up with […] Read More

Chinese take-out at home or Fire wok with me

6th October, 2008 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

I attended a party this weekend where I got to field several “dumb cooking questions” (they weren’t). One person wanted to know what the tasty brown sauce was at Chinese restaurants. Good question. The answer: It depends. Chinese cuisine is divided up according to geographical regions. Each one has its own distinct flavors and sauces, […] Read More