Eating from the garden

28th June, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Many chefs are also very talented gardeners – which makes sense. If a person wants to have total control over as many of their ingredients as possible, growing their own is the logical conclusion. Kitchen gardens have a long and proud tradition and we are lucky enough to live in an area with a long […] Read More

Box-free macaroni and cheese

19th April, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

A friend of mine, who should really know better, recently discovered that she doesn’t know how to cook. Turns out, boiling water and opening a box doesn’t really help with, say, baking. It’s also not good when trying to switch to a diet with less processed foods and processed foods are the only kinds you […] Read More

Bow tie pasta with asparagus, roasted shallots and blue cheese

5th April, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Spring is in the air – finally – which means that the vegetables are getting ready to explode. Some have already started turning up and my favorite is one of them: asparagus. Someone started a rumor that the very skinny pencil-thin asparagus spears are preferably to the thicker versions. Not really. They cook up in […] Read More

On Top of Spaghetti

28th March, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Every parent I know wants their kids to have an adventurous palate. Every kid I know has gone through a phase of refusing to eat anything other than one or two favorite dishes – chicken fingers tend to be a large part of that. In my family, my brother’s meal of choice was spaghetti with […] Read More

Quick lemon-pepper pasta

28th December, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Somewhere between the Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve, a person still has to eat one or two regular meals. Since time is of the essence for most of us, a filling, quick side dish is always a good addition to the recipe collection. The lemon orzo pasta below is a great option for a […] Read More

Old World Sauce

30th August, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

This past weekend I got involved in a discussion about European food as it compares to American food. The main difference that was brought up was the level of sweetness in a lot of American foods – not just commercially prepared ingredients, but in dishes that are made from scratch as well. Americans tend to […] Read More

Spring time the Italian way

10th May, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

It’s always interesting to see how a dish evolves once it leaves it’s home base. Depending on the taste buds of the people cooking, ingredients can get added in that the original creators never dreamed of. Or, depending on what’s available, things get left out that some would consider indispensable. No matter what, the dish […] Read More

Homemade ravioli, no mess required

3rd March, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Fresh pasta, who doesn’t like it? Restaurants brag about making it, grocery stores mark it up and it cooks in less than five minutes. Fabulous stuff. But a major pain to make. If you’ve ever attempted it at home, then you’ll have firsthand knowledge of getting covered in eggy floury goo and having the strands […] Read More

German pasta in 20 minutes or less

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

German cuisine is known for many things: wonderful sausages, flavorful breads and countless ways to cook potatoes and cabbage. One thing they are not known for is pasta, but that’s ok. At some point in the misty past, a German chef decided to put a thin, eggy batter into boiling water and gave the world […] Read More

Basil time

15th June, 2009 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

I was able to get out and enjoy my first farmer’s market of the season last week in downtown Grass Valley. It’s early yet, but the produce looked great and will only get better. One of my scores: a very large bunch of fresh basil for the insanely good price of $1. This was magnificent […] Read More

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