Cavatelli with Duck Sausage and Brussels Sprouts

I’ve been trying out a Christmas present this week; Classico e Moderno, a new Italian food cookbook from Michael White.  It’s a great cookbook which is split into two parts, half contains classic Italian preparations and the other half contains his modern takes on them.  For Sunday dinner this week I handed the book toContinue reading “Cavatelli with Duck Sausage and Brussels Sprouts”

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A Leek, some Brussels Sprouts, and Rigatoni get pulled out of my fridge…

In the lead-up to Christmas this weekend there’s been a lot of rushing around which has left me with little time for making intricate and fancy dinners, much to Cheryl’s chagrin.  Contrary to some belief it’s not the Escoffier Room here every night of the week!  I can’t even remember the last time I madeContinue reading “A Leek, some Brussels Sprouts, and Rigatoni get pulled out of my fridge…”

Top Chef Episode 5 – Come on, let’s get going here

So far I’ve been pretty unimpressed with the season.  The challenges haven’t been all that exciting and the chefs aren’t dazzling very much.  Not to mention there’s barely any drama among them.  These guys are so blah the show can’t even edit in good drama to make it seem like there’s tension.  We really haven’tContinue reading “Top Chef Episode 5 – Come on, let’s get going here”

Top Chef – prelims pt. 2

Well at least that’s over with.  I think the third group got shafted a bit.  Each of the other groups basically had an ingredient challenge while these chefs had a time element added.  Instead of having the same time as everyone else, some had more,  some had less.  This little twist really looked like itContinue reading “Top Chef – prelims pt. 2”

What’s for Sunday Dinner

While trying to figure out what to do for Sunday dinner I looked through a copy of my mother’s recipe books and found one for pork tenderloin with a mustard/port cream sauce.  Didn’t have any tenderloins but I did have a 2-1/2 lb chunk of pork loin in the freezer.  So I improvised.  The originalContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner”