I find myself cutting out cardboard recipes from the sides of boxes, and they just seem to collect in little piles and never get made. I was sorting through one such pile and rediscovered
And wow it was good!Robin
A food blog doesn’t have to be all about people food, does it? (more…)Buff
Oh my goodness. The.best.spices.evah! My good friend, Kate, recommended Penzey’s to me a few years ago and I have sung their praises ever since. I’ve shopped on line with them for the longest time and recently I had the opportunity to visit one of their stores. I was like a kid in a candy store. I had to buy one of each.
My suggestion would be to buy a bottle of each spice, then when you need to refill, buy in a bag. The bottles are really nice and sturdy.
My highest recommendations are for the following spices:
- Ground Red Chipotle – I use it for all Mex/Tex-Mex recipes
- Cayenne Pepper – I put cayenne on everything. Well maybe not fruit, but…
- Granulated Garlic Powder – when you need powder instead of minced
- Oregano (Turkish) – for all Italian and Greek recipes. I use it in my Matrix sauce and sprinkle it on pizza
- Basil (California Sweet) – the tomato’s best friend. Matrix and pizza as well
- Oriental Mustard (Powder, Canada Hot) – I mix up a paste with equal part water/mustard powder and a dash of soy sauce for take-out egg rolls. Even the HMIL would love it.
- Cinnamon – go to the site. Buy some. It doesn’t matter what type. you will love how the smell jumps out of the jar!
- Bangkok Blend – spicy and sweet all at once. I use it on steak as a replacement for Montreal seasoning
- Lemon Pepper – great for grilling Buffalo wings – it’s how I prepare my wings [which I do every week in football season].
- Florida Seasoned Pepper – in place of lemon pepper. It’s got the citrus without the salt.
Try these spices. Trust me on this, you will not be disappointed.Deb Ng
Cookerati is happy to participate in the Bloggy Giveaways this week. We hope to have a couple of cool products for you, and here’s the first:
My husband and I enjoy both wine and new gadgets so we were kind of tickled when we received The Wine Holder to review. The Wine Holder is such a simple design, yet it’s so cool everyone will ask where you got it.
In essence The Wine Holder is a piece of wood with a hole on top and a 45 degree angle on either end. These angles allow The Wine Holder to sit on your bar or countertop or dining room table without taking up a lot of room. They’re sturdy enough to hold a full bottle of wine, yet small and lightweight enough to store in your utensil drawer.Jonathan
This is a simple barbecue sauce that goes really nicely on smoked meats of all kinds, especially pork and chicken though it’s also great on beef. It takes all of about 10 minutes to throw together and I promise you, it rules over your KC Masterpiece or other bottled sauce (though I will confess I don’t mind a little KC Masterpiece now and then). I actually measured the amounts of each ingredient I used; please don’t tell anyone.
3/4 C Cider Vinegar
1/4 C Tomato Paste
1/4 C Molasses
1/4 C Peach Preserves
1 Ancho Chile, cut into small strips
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tblsp Granulated Garlic
1 Tblsp Granulated Onion
1/2 tsp. Cumin
Juice of 1/2 lime
Stir the whole mess together in a small saucepan over low heat. Cover & let simmer 1/2 hour. Fish out the ancho chile strips or don’t. Mop it on your meats near the end of smoking or grilling if that’s your pleasure, or just serve it on the side.Deb Ng
As I type this, my husband is making my favorite salad in the world. It’s also one of the most simple. We take zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, onions and red and green peppers, slice them, brush with a little balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper and put them on the grill. That’s it. Throw them in a bowl and toss them together. I especially enjoy the grilled zucchini and yellow squash. Grilling them brings out their inherent sweetness and that combined with the balsamic vinegar is a flavor that just knocks our socks off. Asparagus and corn on the cob are also terrific grilled.
Today we’re serving the salad with burgers but many summer nights we have this grilled veggie salad by itself. It makes such a nice light meal -especially on hot nights because we cook it outside.
Really, it’s making my mouth water just thinking about it. Try it and see what I mean!
As you all know I am a true blue carnivore, but every once in while the mood strikes me to not eat meat at every single meal. Like today. Sure, I had some chorizo in the freezer that I could have used, but went for something decidedly different – vegetarian chili. Now had I entered this recipe in a Texas chili cook-off I’d be disqualified for two reasons – no meat and it has beans. I dedicate this meal to our fellow blogger Robin.
- 1 pound red beans
- 4 28 ounce cans of petite diced tomatoes
- 1 pound mushrooms – chopped
- 1 Vidalia onion – chopped
- 1 large green pepper – chopped
- 1 jalapeno – finely chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2 TBLSP ground chipotle
- 4-5 stalks of fresh cilantro
- 1-2 TBLSP of salt – depending on your own taste. If you want to reduce the amount of salt, use vegetable broth instead of water. Or add vegetable bouillon.
- Put the beans in a large pot and cover with water. Over low heat, simmer beans for about an hour, make sure the pot is covered.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and 2 cans full of water
- Bring to a boil, stir occasionally.
- Lower heat to bring it to a simmer
- Cook until the broth is thick, stir often.
I like to serve this with a nice hearty bread and an ice cold beer or a glass of wine! Taking some tips from the book, He Said Beer, She Said Wine, I would recommend a double IPA such as Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA and a South African Pinotage Rose.Buff
If you’re like me…[don't you hate when commercials begin with "if you're like me"? NO. I am not like you at all. I am nothing like you.] Anyway, I love a baked potato with a nice thick juicy steak. And since we’re having the in-laws in for dinner tonight, we’re serving juicy porterhouses. Here’s a tried and true recipe.
- 4 Russet Potatoes [Do Not Use Any Other]
- Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Pierce potatoes with a fork on each side – about 8-10 for each side
- Lightly coat potatoes with oil
- Lightly salt potato
- Bake for one hour. Skin should be crispy in and inside should be tender.
Serve with sour cream and chives or salt and pepper and butter or any other of your favorite backed potato topping.Buff
A sommelier and a brewer team up to give you an in-depth food paring insights for wine and beer. Contains "wine versus beer" dinner party recipes, complete with wine and beer recommendations, so you can ger your friends involved in the debate at home.
Sam Calagione is the founder of Dogfish Head brewery and Marnie Old is a very well-known sommelier. The delve into the depths of their respective potent potables in a Sam Malone/Diane Chambers style.
The book is breezy and both authors know what they are talking about. It’s broken up into five sections:
- The Great Divide: an introduction and a debate
- Wine Primer: basics about wine
- Beer Basics: a primer about beer
- The Food Debate: about beer, wine and food pairings
- The Great Debate at Home: how to host a beer versus wine party
I happen to like beer and I happen to like wine, so I’m not one of those either/or kinda guys. Generally beer is not served at dinner parties, so providing the information of what beer goes with what food is the best feature of the book. There are a brazilian books about wine and what goes with what. What makes this book unique is the approach of serving both and letting your guests pick what they’d want to drink. It also provides a fun and interesting way to get beer
slobs aficionados to try a glass of wine and wine snobs connoisseurs to try a pint of ale.
If you like to host dinner parties — and I know you do — then this is a book you should add to your kitchen library.Buff
This is what mustard is all about. It’s from my home town, Buffalo NY, and it’s still about the only place you can get it at a reasonable mustard price. You can get it from places like www.amazon.com or www.budricks.com. It’s smooth, it’s got some spice to it – otherwise I don’t think I would eat it. And once you’ve tried it a few times, you probably won’t go back to the regular old yellow mustard you’ve grown accustomed to. Now that grilling season is upon us, I can’t wait to use this on hamburgers and hot dogs.