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Essentials, Sauces

Bechamel

 

 One of the five french mother sauces (bechamel, veloute, hollandaise, espagnole, tomato sauce), bechamel is a versatile base for a variety of dishes. If you’ve ever made a macaroni and cheese casserole, you’ve likely made a bechamel. Flour, butter and milk make the base of this recipe, and it can […]

Pasta, Salads, Sides, Snacks

Herby Pasta Salad

 

 It’s summertime and with July 4th rapidly approaching, it’s outdoor picnic and grilling season everywhere except for here in hotter than hell Florida. Summer is our rainy season, so it rains every single day. It’s not exactly ideal picnic weather down here, and you certainly couldn’t pay me any sum […]

Dinner, Snacks, Soup

Sick Husband Rice Porridge

 

 Do men experience the flu or common cold differently than women? It’s an age old debate and a common meme that has developed into its own illness designation, “man flu”, with thousands of articles referencing the inferiority of man when faced with a seasonal illness. Women really can do it […]

Appetizers, Essentials, Sauces, Soup

Chicken Stock

 

 Chicken stock is an essential cooking element that needs very little instruction to master. Sure, you can run to the grocery store to pick up a box of stock. In a dark hour you could even add bullion to water, even I have been so desperate. But neither will give […]

Appetizers, Brunch

Vichyssoise

 

 My dad always fancied himself a phenomenal cook. He had what I would call a passing interest in food, but in comparison with the rest of his family (before I came along) he was the Jackson family food expert. Each summer his mother, my Nam (sounds like Pam) would throw […]

Appetizers, Dinner, Party, Snacks

Furikake Chicken

 

 Fargo, North Dakota is the largest city between Minneapolis, MN and Spokane, WA. With a whopping population size of 120,000 its no wonder that every few weeks I needed to get out to a real big city and stretch my legs a bit. My hometown has about 400,000 residents in […]

Meat

Chicken Brine

 

 Chicken is an affordable and versatile bird, but it lacks a deep flavor profile. I recommend brining your bird bits overnight, or at least for a few hours before setting about to cook. A brine consists of water, salt, sugar and acid and can be manipulated in a variety of […]

Sauces

Kabayaki Sauce

 

 Typically used to grill eel, kabayaki is a sweet reduced soy sauce that can add sweet depth to many other dishes. I use it as a base in my Furikake Chicken. It could also be substituted for teriyaki with picky eaters as it contains no aromatics (ie. ginger and garlic)