So, Sunday the plumbers came and put in our new water heater. We were so excited to have hot water, to finally wash dishes that were stacking up, to finally shower. Unfortunately we’d had to wait. For whatever reason our new water heater was wired incorrectly and as a result had no power. It would be another day before we had hot water and know the wonders of said dish washing and showering. Since we were still snowed in (we live on a dead end street with a sizable hill that doesn’t get plowed) and waterless dinner needed to be easy and made with ingredients we had on hand. Earlier Sunday I had been reading the most recent Cook’s Illustrated in which there was mention of a broccoli stir fry. We didn’t have all the ingredients for it and not near enough fresh broccoli, but it sparked an idea for what turned into a delicious Asian-inspired dinner. Keep reading Snowed In With A Chinese Five Spice Veggie…
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Today was supposed to be wonderful. It blizzarded big time here yesterday. Er, big time for Nashville. We got 5 – 6″ followed by about a quarter-inch of ice on top of that. As a result, we had a lovely day of nothin’-doin’ planned for staying inside. Well, not exactly nothin’-doin’. There are a few chores and some cleaning that we needed to take care of, but we also planned on going outside and playing in the snow like five-year-olds at heart that we are. We started with an awesome breakfast — a hash of sweet potato, onion, mushrooms and chicken apple sausage on thick-cut, toasted Amish all topped with an over easy egg and finished with black sea salt. Keep reading A Tasty Start to a Cold, Wet Day
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Okay, I know. It’s been way too long since I’ve posted. I could bore you with many excuses about how I’ve been too busy or how being sick followed by the major holidays really got the best of me and my time. But in reality, my heart just hasn’t been in it. I’m not sure why. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking. But lately I just haven’t had the drive or inspiration to come up with anything culinarily speaking, let along have it be anything good enough to post about. I’ve been in a rut. But I think this dish may have done a lot to pull me out of that rut. The sauce alone is by far the best I’ve made. Its bold and complex, yet not overpowering and it perfectly compliments the lightness of any kind of pasta. But that’s not the reason I made this dish. It just so happened that our most recent share from our CSA had fresh homemade whole wheat spaghetti in it and it made me immediately start craving meatballs. Keep reading I’m Back! And I Made Spaghetti and Turkey…
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Two organic, free-range farm-fresh eggs over easy with salt and pepper and toasted fresh Amish honey wheat bread topped with apple butter. A delicious Saturday morning treat. Have a great weekend everybody!
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Everybody has experienced it. Piles of thanksgiving food left over after the big meal. For days at almost every meal its turkey, dressing, potatoes, etc. Monday I took a big plate of everything we had at Thursday’s Thanksgiving feast to work with me for lunch. It was still really good, but it had lost its charm. Instead of delicious smoked turkey and exciting sides it was just another round of leftovers. I was done with Thanksgiving food. It was time to move on. Inspired by a taco theme day on Whiskerino (a biannual beard growing competition I’ve participated since its inception in 2003), I decided that slow-cooking the turkey in a spicy sauce would be a great way to use up the rest of the turkey we had left. Keep reading Thanksgiving Leftovers: Spicy Tequila Lime Turkey Tacos
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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know we did, but we almost didn’t. A few weeks ago I came down with the swine flu which then turned into pleurisy. For more than the last two weeks I have been in bed. I didn’t really leave the bed or couch unless i needed to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately that meant no cooking which really sucked. Fortunately, I did get better in time for us to host Thanksgiving for my family this year. I am so glad that I did get well in time because it was awesome. Megan and I made a lot of great food with the help of my sister, Annalise, who cam into town a couple days early from New York. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen laughing, cooking and mess making to put together the best thanksgiving meal any of us has ever had. Keep reading Thanksgiving, Family and Food. And a Recipe!
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Okay, I’m back. It’s been crazy around here. We went to Portland, OR for an awesome get-a-way that turned into a glorious week-long extravaganza of foodie bliss. I promise I’ll soon post a recap of our trip along with pictures of some great times. But for now, on with the show!
I’ve titled this My Butternut Squash Lasagna because it seems everyone and their mother has their own recipe for this fabulous fall-flavored, Italian-inspired dish. Now, I know some of you will think, “Oh look, he’s making more winter squash. What else is new?” Keep reading My Butternut Squash Lasagna
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Lately, with the weather going further and further towards winter here in Nashville, we have been craving foods with warmth. Especially Megan, who could die from hypothermia in 70º weather. And I’m not just talking about food that is served warm. Megan had the idea for this spicy, India-inspired pumpkin soup that sounded like it would help keep our body temps up. This soup was hearty and served piping hot, but the spice to it from the Madras curry and cayenne really warmed us up! It’s not overly hot by any means, it’s just enough to let you know its there. But this soup is not jsut about the spice. There’s depth of flavour from the pumpkin and other spices as well. And, what’s more, it’s souper easy to make (I know, I’m hilarious with the puns)! Keep reading Spicy Pumpkin Curry Soup
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With fall apon us (and threatening to surrender us completely to winter), few things sound better to me right now than warm baked goods utilizing the fruits that are in season. For dessert last night, Megan made this awesomely adorable and seasonally appropriate apple pie-o-lantern. There wasn’t much to it, store bought crust, Megan’s mom’s homemade apple pie filling. But, it was darn tasty. And, with the face Megan gave it, how could I not share this? Keep reading Apple Pie-O-Lantern and Spiked Spiced Cider
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After the weeks of glorious winter squashes from the CSA, this last week we finally got a pumpkin! We instantly started making a list of dishes want to use it for. Pumpkin bread, soup, muffins, pancakes, pie, etc. — you get the idea. Fortunately, the pumpkin was large enough that we can use it for a few meals. One afternoon Megan roasted the pumpkin, allowing us to use it whenever we need, which is great because I wanted pancakes as soon as I woke up this morning.
The pancakes were wonderful — nice pumpkin flavor, a bit of spice from the cloves. Even better, this recipe couldn’t be any easier; just throw some ingredients in a blender and you’re ready to cook. Keep reading Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Shaved Dark Chocolate
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