I recently made a bunch of sausages at home, the most unusual of which was chicken & apple. It’s basically just chicken thighs, a granny smith apple, some chardonnay, and few spices, but it combines to make a very tender sausage that’s not too sweet.
The wife was out of town last weekend. The torrential rain kept me inside both days, so I decided to make a bunch of sausage. There’s a bit of a yuck factor involved, and she doesn’t like to be around during the process. I made Chicken-Apple Sausage, Bratwurst, and aRead more
I’ve been meaning to make ravioli ever since I got my pasta press. I finally got around to it last night and I was pleased with the results.
I’ve tried a few times to make a beef variation of Mexican carnitas, which are typically made with pork shoulder. I’ve had some success, but the dish always lacked the depth and richness I had in mind. I found a recipe for Mexican Braised Beef that seemed like a decentRead more
I realized I forgot to buy a loaf of sandwich bread at the store the other day, so I just decided to make my own. I’m glad I did. It came out much firmer and tastier than standard white bread.
It’s funny how, when you’re a kid, you love the most random foods. My mother would spend hours making a nice, expensive meal that I would refuse to touch. We had weekly showdowns where I would opt to go directly to bed rather than eat the food on my plate.Read more
When most families get together for holidays and special occasions, everyone sits around a dining room table in Rockwellian fashion while the patriarch carves a roast beast. At my Italian family’s events, seventy-five people scarf down pounds of Italian sausage while the fraternal brotherhood of retirees complains in escalating fashionRead more
Anybody who’s ever been to an event in the South has had the standard meatball appetizer. It’s always a hit. Most people dump a bottle of chili sauce into a slow cooker with a jar of grape jelly and bag of frozen meatballs. My problem with this method is thatRead more
When the wife was recently in New York City, she bought me the Presidential Cookbook at Bonnie Slotnick’s. It’s a collection of recipes enjoyed by the first families up until publication in 1895. That’s the era of Grover Cleveland’s second adminstration, the only time a President served a second nonconsecutiveRead more
I’ve gotten pretty good at making homemade potato chips, but I’ve never tried to make french fries. It’s such a cumbersome process in that you have to fry the potatoes two different times at two different temperatures. And the frozen bags of pre-cut fries always come out soggy and limp.Read more