Archive for March, 2010

The Joy and Mr. Brown

I’ll try not to doubt Joy of Cooking or Alton Brown again. Both came through with cooking tips and suggestions for lamb. Alton Brown’s Good Eats episode entitled My Big Fat Greek Sandwich was just what I needed. My DVR happened to catch it the other night. Coincidence? I think not! Similarly Joy of Cooking […]


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Preparing Lamb

I don’t know a darn thing about preparing any type of lamb and so far On Food and Cooking and CookWise are not telling me much. I’ll check Joy of Cooking and Good Eats to round out the set – I’m not hopeful. I did happen across an ad on the back of Fine Cooking […]


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Blog Openings At Amateur Gourmet

Amateur Gourmet is looking for interested foodies to contribute blog posts. Should I or shouldn’t I?


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Easter Lamb Gyros

Each holiday has its own seasonal ingredients and with Easter it’s lamb. I first had lamb at The Golden Lamb in Lebanon, OH back when I was 14 or so. I don’t have lamb a lot primarily because nobody else in my family cares for it, but with an invitation to an Easter lunch and an […]


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Reloading Pigs in a Blanket

Since one half of a package of cocktail franks remained, there was no reason not to experiment a little with the classic Pigs in a Blanket recipe. One tube of crescent rolls made it onto the grocery list for a Sunday reload in between basketball games. Assembly Line Adjustments Some technique and assembly changes were in order. […]


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Ad Hoc Baked Eggs

I have no idea what caused me to get the picture in my head of 2 eggs floating in a ramekin, but I’ve been wanting baked eggs all week (eggs en cocotte as the French say – thanks Mrs. Paladino!). I first had baked eggs when I was trying the Atkins diet a number of […]


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Pigs in a Blanket Live

With the ingredient list assembled I figured I was ready to go. But I needed a few additional tools to help with the Pigs in a Blanket assembly: Pizza Cutter Ruler 2 pastry brushes pastry work board After patting dry the cocktail franks I cracked a dough can, seperated the rolls and unwound one of them. Laying […]


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Musings on Pigs In A Blanket

Appetizers are supposed to be quick to make and quick to eat and Pigs in a Blanket are no exception. After all who wants to spend more time on finger food than the main dish or slave in the kitchen instead of being with guests? My hope was to find some interesting tidbits on Pigs […]


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Kitchen Must Haves

The Epi-log asked: What 10 ingredients are essentials in your kitchen? My Top 10 list: Unsalted Butter Yellow Onions Garlic All-Purpose Flour Sugar Eggs Chicken Broth/Stock Cornstarch Vegetable Oil Milk This assumes a well stocked spice rack of course. Naturally there are other things like Ketchup that my kids would never be without but for baseline […]


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2010 James Beard Foundation Awards

The 2010 nominee list for the James Beard Foundation Awards is out. Nice to see Alton Brown nominated for TV Personality. Baking by James Peterson, one that I want in my collection, is there in the Baking and Dessert category. Salt To Taste sounds interesting as does The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts.


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