Author: ljacksnacks

Preserved Lemon Compound Butter

“What exactly is a compound butter?” my husband asked me last week while we were enjoying this specific recipe melted over monkfish. A compound butter is a technical term for butter softened to room temperature then mixed with the seasonings of your choice. A simple classic compound butter could be […]

 

Chicken Salad With Cashews

Chicken salad preferences are polarizing. The favorite Waldorf variety with nuts and grapes makes my stomach turn. I have no interest in seeing a piece of celery in the same location as a grape..and apples? GTFO. That might be something you’re into, but I’ll continue to steer clear. I love […]

 

The Humble Roast Chicken

There are fewer food items I will get more passionate about than a roast chicken. When I stroll the grocery store and pass the shriveled up rotisserie chickens I ramble to my husband about the ease and money savings of a simple roast chicken at home. When I have a […]

 

Spaghetti Pie

We’ve talked about it before. I’m not a casserole kind of chef, I’m an over-thinker who genuinely enjoys multiple components. The more complicated, the better. I crave a challenge. That is all well and good in a life that revolves only around me, but alas, I am married to midwestern […]

 

Butter Roasted Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti

It’s no secret to my friends and family that pasta is my favorite food. Not any specific pasta, not any particularly sauce, if there are noodles I am a happy girl. I wasn’t always the pasta afficionado I am today. As a child I despised spaghetti, it was always over […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]