It has been a beautiful winter throughout the country this year. I had almost forgotten about winter. Almost, then I came to Chicago. It was 81 F when I left Dallas at 5:00 pm. When I arrived in Chicago it was 38 F. As I sit in O’Hare waiting on my flight home, the thermometer is steadily dropping, it’s dreary outside and snow is on the way. I am ready for a nice bowl of soup instead of this rubberized chicken salad at Macaroni Grill. Food on the plane would have been better. Blech! 😦 Continue reading Cream of Eggplant Soup
Cioppino is an Italian American classic. While many people believe the dish originated in Italy, it actually originated in San Francisco and was made famous in the 1850s by Genoese immigrant Giuseppe Bazzuro and his abandoned ship turned Italian restaurant bearing his name. Originally, the dish was a purée of cooked vegetables and leftover fish scraps. Over the years, it has transformed into a luscious stew using local delectable shell fish such as dungeness crab, briny prawns, and sweet small shrimp, along with heaps of clams, mussels, and chunks of flaky fish. All of this is simmered with lots of tomatoes and wine. Continue reading Cioppino
First, I have to say without disclaimer, I absolutely love my wife, the Baby Lady! Although she has no professional training and is self taught in the culinary arts (she is an electrical engineer, teacher and project manager by education and training), she is a fabulous and adventurous cook with an incredible feel for food. She is also one of those people who can go somewhere for dinner and identify every ingredient in a dish. It’s uncanny. Unfortunately, telling a story aint her strength (she will forgive me for this comment, I hope :D). Continue reading Baby Lady’s Marinated Tofu Stir Fry.
Regardless how much we love to cook, we all have those days that cooking isn’t the top thing on our minds. Yesterday was one of those days but you still have to eat and dining out wasn’t really an option. Continue reading Leftovers! Gemelli with Shrimp, Grape Tomatoes & Citrus Arugula Pistou (or That Green Shrimp Pasta Thing We do)
Tonight’s dinner was fresh, creamy yet bright; in perfect harmony. All is good with the world and I must share my treasure with you. Continue reading Herb Crusted Salmon with Arugula Citrus Pistou and Grape Tomatoes
Who doesn’t like pasta? Baby Lady & I love pasta and are thankful for whoever invented pasta and the faithful followers who have continued to improve upon it. There is a pasta for everyone and so many different shapes and sizes. You have Anelli (Rings), Capellini D’Angelo (Angel Hair Pasta), Fettuccine (Small Ribbons), Fusilli (Twisted Spaghetti), Linquine (Small Tongues), Rigatoni (Large Grooved Pasta), Spaghettini (Narrow Spaghetti), just to name a few. Continue reading Campanelle with Eggplant, Olives and Feta Cheese
One of the food magazines Baby Lady & I read is Saveur. I have a Zinio subscription which is delivered directly to my PC, my MacBook and my iPad. It’s great on the iPad because if I ever want to cook a recipe from it the iPad is so Portable and takes up so little counter space. When I received the November 2011 Saveur magazine, in an article, The Art of Soup, Baby Lady noticed the recipe for Karfiolleves (Paprika Spiced Cauliflower Soup with Dumplings), a traditional Hungarian soup. As it should be, soup making is serious business in Hungary. Most meals in Hungary begin with a soup and cauliflower is a common soup ingredient. Continue reading Spicy Paprika Cauliflower Soup with Dumplings