Archive for April, 2010

Olé Sangria!

I’ve got a birthday party to go to next weekend and since the birthday party is the same week as Cinco de Mayo something Mexican/Spanish would be in order. While I’m not sure what I’m going to bring to eat, I know what I’m drinking – Sangria! Naturally I need to know how to actually make […]


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Binder Quartet

Turns out if I follow the emulsion trail a bit there are more clues about binding. An emulsion is typically about fat and water – one dispersed in the other and they don’t like to stay together, hence they need an emulsifier like eggs or dairy to keep them joined. Sure you can create an oil and water emulsion like a vinaigrette, but that […]


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Cinco de Mayo Week

Next week celebrates Cinco de Mayo. It’s a great excuse to “food up” on all things Mexican.


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The Ties that Bind

Between On Food and Cooking and CookWise you would think one would cover the topic of “binders” but NO – I’m left to my own devices. Internet searching for “food binders” gives some interesting results but no definitive reference – not even a Wikipedia article. Binders are used in a number of meat mixtures – meatloaf is […]


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Crab Cakes: The Recipe

First off, Chef Paul uses a seasoning mixture approach so there is a lot of different spices going into a single mixture that’ll be used throughout the cooking process. Second, after making a similar dish of tuna croquettes that had binding issues, I’ll probably be playing with the binder combination (eggs, cream and breadcrumbs) a […]


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Chef Paul’s Crab Cakes

I’ve been thinking of getting Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen book but decided to hold off until I’ve worked my way though some of the recipes in my current read CookWise. Never the less when my mom offered Chef Paul’s Seasoned America book, I said “I’ll take it”. So this week we’re going to try Maryland Crab […]


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Weekly Menu

The menu for the week beginning April 11th is: Sunday – Cherry Almond Coffee Cake Monday – Pouch cooked steelhead trout with couscous, lemons, red onion,cilantro, wine and assorted spices accompanied by orange glazed carrots Tuesday – Vegetable stir-fry with bell peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and saffron rice. Wednesday – Mom’s meatloaf accompanied by mashed potatoes and peas Thursday – […]


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Lucy’s Star

It’s hard for me to believe that the little Boston Terrier pup with the “white star” behind her head that I held in my hand is now old, gray and running out of time. She’s been a great dog – everything we could have asked for and more. She was great with the kids while […]


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Bacon a la Machine Gun

Nothing gives bacon that great outdoor smell and flavor quite like a machine gun, wouldn’t you agree?


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Road Food

This week, Finger Food Friday is on the road. It’s spring break in our neck of the woods and rather than skip the Friday fun, it’ll just take place in the vehicle as we head south. On tap are thing that can be eaten by passenger and driver with out getting too messy! We’ll try […]


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