I have seen almost as many variations on the spelling as I have with the quantity and types of ingredients used. You say tabouli, I say tabboulé. I’ll defer to Wikipedia and call it tabbouleh (even though it has three different spellings listed–tabbouleh, tabouleh, and tabouli). I tend to spell it tabboulé or taboulé, but [...]
Fall seems to open up a whole new bounty of foods and dishes to prepare. Root vegetables are particularly attractive (winter squashes, potatoes, etc.), as are stews and bean dishes. And now that the summer heat has died down, I don’t mind having my oven on for hours on end (this means more baking and [...]
There are many approaches to making burgers that involve adding things directly to the meat. I’m typically a purist and stick to all-meat patties (and salt & pepper). Very occasionally will I add some Worcestershire sauce to it for some umami (the savory flavor). I find that adding lots of stuff into the meat mixture [...]
There are many, many variations on this orecchiette dish. Rightfully so, it’s a straightforward combination that can be quickly and easily made. This dish is a blast of flavors. The sweetness from the Italian sausage, the mild bitterness from the broccoli rabe, the heat from the red pepper, the hint of garlic, the squirt of [...]
I previously mentioned that I’d share a dish I created using my new favorite grain, quinoa. There are more possibilities for this than what I am suggesting here, but I like how this came together. The flavors complemented the natural nuttiness of the seed and made for a tasty, healthful, one-dish meal. Obviously, you can [...]
Up until a few days ago I had no idea what this was. Heck, I didn’t even know how to pronounce the word (it’s “KEEN-wah”). I had no idea how to prepare it, what kinds of food it would pair with, or even what it tasted like! Reading from the back of the box, I [...]
This dish is very easy to prepare and comes out great. When you are looking to cook something tasty, but don’t want to spend much time, broiled chicken fits the bill. That crisp skin and tender meat tastes as good as it looks.
The key to outstanding chicken is to brine it. What is a brine [...]
When someone first served me this dish, I thought it sounded like an odd combination. After I tried it, I was amazed at how well the spinach, strawberries and dressing paired together. I tend to enjoy dressings that are somewhat sweet with spinach, and the strawberries add that nice hint of sweetness. The dressing perfectly [...]
Olive oil can make a great, light pasta sauce alternative to the heavy Alfredo or the all-to-common marinara sauce. Olive oil sauces are also much easier to make, requiring much less preparation and ingredients than the other two sauces.
The nice thing about an olive oil sauce is that it lets you play with more spices [...]
Apples are in season now and you can get bags of them for cheap. You can use apples in all sorts of dishes. I’ll post later about a butternut squash soup with apples in it… it’s really good. I also plan to make an apple tart later in the year, so I’ll post about that when I get around [...]