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If you hate immigrants starve to death

   Uncategorized   March 17, 2017  Comments Off on If you hate immigrants starve to death

On Sunday, I had Bloody Mary’s and brunch in a bar owned by a Polish architect. The bartender/waitress was Polish. Later, I wandered through a mega-grocery store and food court owned by Filipino’s. While driving home down one of the city’s main thoroughfares, I saw businesses and restaurants owned by…

Colcannon

   Uncategorized   March 15, 2017  Comments Off on Colcannon

Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream? With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream. Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make? Yes you did, so…

Bugeoguk known as Korean ‘hangover’ soup

   Uncategorized   March 11, 2017  1,937 Comments

My computer fried a few weeks ago. It took some time to get a new one, learn its intricacies, and get back to writing. A friend gave me a bag of Asian ingredients. Her daughter took up Korean cooking, then, switched gears and took up Indian cooking. She had this…

Thoughts from a dusty food journal

   Uncategorized   February 17, 2017  Comments Off on Thoughts from a dusty food journal

I found an old journal under a pile of books. It was strictly about cooking and food. It was loaded with various quotes, some from long forgotten sources. I thought I would share some of this rambling wisdom. Eating is serious. We eat to live, to survive. We also eat…

Join the resistance eat well

   Uncategorized   February 11, 2017  Comments Off on Join the resistance eat well

Americans are busy people. We run from here to there and there to here. Somewhere in between, we get to work, socialize, get the kids to their after school or weekend activities, shop till we drop, all filling our days with activities. When we finally get home, we sleep just enough…

Ethnic cheap eats are not here to stay

   Uncategorized   February 1, 2017  Comments Off on Ethnic cheap eats are not here to stay

A few days ago we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Pilsen. It was more a tequila bar and restaurant. The bar had more tequila in one place than I’ve ever seen. I ordered a burrito. It was a chicken and steak version. It was more expensive than I…

Sous vide pork tenderloin and chicken breast

   Uncategorized   January 24, 2017  Comments Off on Sous vide pork tenderloin and chicken breast

Sous vide is a method of cooking employing sealed bags placed in a circulating heat bath. Food is cooked longer at precision controlled lower heat. Cooking times vary from one hour to two days, depending on the size and weight. Sous vide ensures that food is cooked evenly. The inside is…

Create food memories

   Uncategorized   January 20, 2017  1,277 Comments

What are your first food memories? You have them. We all do. Childhood flashbacks of great or not so great meals. Memories of discovery. Remembrances of meals or particular foods past. Of mothers or fathers cooking, nonna or auntie food, holiday feasts or summer barbecues. One of my earliest food…

Vegetable soup for the cold winter blues

   Uncategorized   January 14, 2017  2,951 Comments

I love soup. I could eat it every day. This vegetable soup is perfect for cold gray days. The main ingredient is leek, the bright tasting member of the onion family. The soup is fast and simple to make. You can use any vegetables you have on hand or find in…

Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Appetites A Cookbook’ is a winner

   Uncategorized   December 30, 2016  1,325 Comments

I love cookbooks. I probably own a couple hundred plus those I inherited from my parents. I also have boxes and binders of my mother’s recipes. The key to a good cookbook is the aha moment. The moment you realize, “I can do that,” after reading a recipe. Those are…