Food and general nerdiness.

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Chicken Confit

After about 3 hours.

After 12 hours.


Italian Sausage


Pork liver, ground pork, and pork fat

After 3 grindings

After cooking 3 hours. Surprisingly tasty.



Pomegranate Mango Martini

Pomegranate, Roasted Beet,
and Orange Salad

Carpaccio and Truffled Capers
with Roasted Tomatoes and Shitakes

Grilled Romaine with Maple Vinaigrette
and Sesame Quail Eggs and Bacon

Tuna Tartare with Caviar

Roasted Bone Marrow
with Parsley Salad and Toasted Pumpernickel

Chilled Beet Soup Shooters

Grilled Tenderloin with Foie Gras and Morel Cabernet Sauce
and Whipped Shallot Potatoes

Cheese Plate with Port Reduction
and Dried Lychees and Cranberries

Kahlua Flan
with Grated Mexican Chocolate

Fresh Roasted Kona Coffee



It's been a month since I've posted here. I went to Florida for a few days and didn't get back into the blogging habit. I still made a few things.

March 20th I made some roasted red pepper hummus.

March 21st, Green Been Risotto

March 24th, Scrambled Eggs with Hash Browns

Sweat Pea Soup

Lamb Chops with Spearmint Cherry Sauce and Lemon Couscous

Cheese Plate for dessert

March 26th, Sushi

April 2nd, Garlic Naan

Palak Paneer

April 8th, We celebrated Easter at my sister Judy's house.
I made Lobster Deviled Eggs with Hawaiian Sea Salt

Roasted Yellow Beet Salad

Judy made this lamb - excellent

We had a durian for dessert.




Dill Potato Salad


Chocolate Chip Waffles


Salmon Dill Omelet


Salmon with Honey-Balsamic Glaze


salmon fillets
1 tablespoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Melted butter, for brushing salmon

Preheat the broiler. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice about 8 to 10 sliced angles into filets, to help flesh more completely soak in the glaze.

In a small bowl or cup, mix the salt, pepper, and dry mustard.

In a medium glass bowl, heat the honey in the microwave for 30 seconds to liquefy. Remove from the microwave and mix in balsamic vinegar.

Brush the top of the salmon fillets (not the skin side) with the melted butter. Season the flesh side with the spice mixture. Brush with the honey-balsamic mixture, reserving some for later.

Lay the salmon fillets on an oiled broiler, skin side down.

Cook the fish for 10 minutes. Baste with honey-balsamic and cook until is done.

Serve immediately.

1 pound green beans
2 cups orzo (rice shaped pasta)
2 medium onions
4 garlic cloves
6 medium vine-ripened tomatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley leaves
1 cup crumbled gorgonzola\
Salt and pepper

Fill a 4-quart kettle 3/4 full with salted water and bring to a boil for beans and orzo.

Chop onion and mince garlic. Quarter and seed tomatoes. Cut quarters lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Trim beans and cut into 1-inch pieces. In a large skillet cook onion and garlic in oil over moderate heat until onion is softened. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring, until tomatoes are softened, about 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.

Have ready a bowl of ice and cold water. In boiling salted water blanch beans 1 minute. With a slotted spoon transfer beans to ice water to stop cooking. Drain beans well in a colander and pat dry. Add beans to tomato mixture and return water in kettle to a boil. Boil orzo until al dente and drain in colander. Add orzo to bean mixture with vinegar, parsley, cheese, and salt and pepper to taste, tossing to combine well.



Truffle oil, balsamic Margherita

Three cheese galic

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut


2 onions, chopped
4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 bag of sauerkraut
1 pound skinless smoked kielbasa, cut into chunks
1 can tomato soup

Cook bacon until slightly crispy. Add onions and cook until translucent.

In a crock pot add all ingredients and cook on low for 4-8 hours. Easy.

Apple Cardamom Pie


2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
6 tablespoons cold water, plus 5 tablespoons cold water, as needed

6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

To prepare the piecrust, combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Cut in the shortening with your fingers or a pastry cutter, until the pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons water over the flour, and gently toss with a fork. Push the flour to the sides of the bowl, add the remaining cold water, and mix until all is moistened and combined. Divide the dough in half, and form each half into balls. Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

In a large mixing bowl toss the apples with lemon juice. Combine the sugar, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Add the apples and toss until completely coated. Set mixture aside.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one ball into a 12-inch circle, and place into a 9-inch pie plate.

Transfer the apple mixture into the pastry lined pie plate. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the apple mixture.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, until apples are tender.

Fettucini Alfredo


1 pint heavy cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Freshly cracked black pepper
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for garnish

Heat heavy cream over low-medium heat in a deep saute pan. Add butter and whisk gently to melt. Sprinkle in cheese and stir to incorporate. Season with nutmeg and freshly cracked black pepper. In a large stockpot, cook pasta in plenty of boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Quickly drain the pasta and add it to the saute pan, gently toss the noodles to coat in the alfredo. Transfer pasta to a warm serving bowl. Top with more grated cheese and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

3-cheese Quesadilla


Swiss, cheddar and brie with green onions on tortillas, fried in butter. Delicious.



2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 whole eggs, beaten
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces milk, room temperature
Vegetable spray, for waffle iron

Preheat waffle iron.

In a medium bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. In another bowl beat together the wet. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.

Ladle the waffle batter onto the iron and cook until golden on both sides. Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Tofu Concoctions


Yes, tofu can be delicious. Here are two examples I made last week. I almost didn't post them because they both use sauces from Trader Joe's. They are made exactly the same - just two different sauces. I chopped two onions and sauteed them with some olive oil and garlic and added cubed tofu and a handful of frozen green beans. Then, I added the sauce. When it was hot, I served it over rice. Easy. Alex loved both of them. Now, as I write the post, I forgot what each of them were. The first is some Chinese thing, Ginger Something, Something. The second is some Cilantro Curry Something or Other. It's Indian with the disconcerting warning on the label, "Not meant to be eaten raw. Cook thouroughly." Despite me not remembering what they were, they were both delicious.

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