Archive for the 'Main Course' Category

Playing with homemade pizza dough

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I lightened up the rules of culinary rigidity today and went a bit crazy making pizza dough. The sort of pizza dough that would make an Italian look at me in despair. This current batch has a hefty scoop of garlic powder and of onion powder added to it. I figured I may as well [...]

Steal this recipe: Alton Brown’s finger sucking ribs

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

I now realize how delinquent I’ve been regarding introductions. What I should have said months ago: “Alton Brown’s ribs, meet my smoker”. Alton Brown’s Baby Back Ribs recipe has been rocking my world lately and ushered our household into a meat phase. These baby back ribs come out meltingly tender, with a touch of sweet [...]

Fancy Looking Baked Potato Dish

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

I’ve hit on a formula for making my favorite potluck dishes. It’s based on the classic gratin preparation- though is shockingly at times devoid of cheese, as seen in this current example. Layers of vegetables often dressed and then baked together can add up to great large dishes suitable for large gatherings of hungry friends. [...]

Smoked Paprika Corn Dumplings

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

My recent adventures in dumplings have shown how accommodating dumpling batter can be to all sorts of changes. Not only can one add pureed vegetables to the batter, ground up stale ancient corn tortilla chips also find themselves to be quite at home in these pillowy balls. The chips I used in these must have [...]

Vegetable Dumplings: a Perfect Soup Partner

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Is it spring yet? Or is it still winter? Our weather here in the Willamette Valley is keeping Eugene on its toes. My garden’s mini daffodils are finally in bloom, and I see more varieties pushing through the earth. This would mean its spring, right? And yet- we just had snow flurries on Wednesday! These [...]

Poblano Skillet Potatoes

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006

This recipe is a variation on Potatoes ala Sofrito that uses roasted poblano puree in its flavor base. The roasted poblanos lend a sweet pepper note to this meal that is surpisingly not very spicy. This has become my favorite morning tapas, especially when it is made with an egg on top. I like to [...]

Old Glory Tuna Sandwich

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Happy Fourth of July! This post goes out to those in the ilk of Cookie Crumb of I’m Mad and I Eat. Cause if we couldn’t eat through our anger, we’d likely starve. Old Glory Tuna Sandwich It smells kind of fishy, and its likely to make you cry, but its our sandwich damn it. [...]

Teriyaki Grilled Tempeh

Saturday, May 13th, 2006

See the The Summer Barbque Challenge Round-up! I spent my second year of college in my first apartment with three roommates: my freshman year roommate Molly, her childhood friend Jenny, and Jenny’s partner in crime Hailey. While being introduced to splitting a household for the first time, this year in the apartment also gave me [...]

Gorgonzola Gnocchi with Apples and Walnuts

Friday, April 28th, 2006

This wonderful pasta dish is my quick dinner before going out to an art lecture tonight. It’s light, quick and a nice combination of textures and flavors. Light sweet crunch from the apples playing with the soft yielding gnocchi, wrapped up in the flavors of melted gorgonzola with an occasional high note from balsamic vinegar. [...]

Butternut Squash Dhal with Coconut Chutney

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

In these parts, dhal and rice is a staple food. My first encounter with it was at our neighborhood Indian Restaurant’s lunch buffet. Their’s is a black bean color and struck me as tasting like Beanie Weenies, so I tended to skip it. However, my taste buds have grown up and have come around to [...]