Blue Moon Braised Pork Cheeks Basquaise

A few weeks back I was at the butcher shop and picked up some various pork parts, 2 pounds of cheeks being part of the haul.  They were really inexpensive at $2.49 per pound and I had intended on curing them but ended up putting the pork cheeks in the freezer to save for anotherContinue reading “Blue Moon Braised Pork Cheeks Basquaise”

A Twist on Fruit Cake: Pan del Marinaio (Sailor’s bread)

Fruit cakes are synonymous with Christmas and ever since my mom sent me Carol Field’s ‘The Italian Baker’ I’ve had my eye on the ‘festive’ breads section.  There are a number of recipes for holiday sweet breads in it, including…fruit breads.  While thumbing through it the other day I came across a fruit filled breadContinue reading “A Twist on Fruit Cake: Pan del Marinaio (Sailor’s bread)”

Christmas Cookie: Lemon Squares

There is not much time left to get your Christmas baking in.  I’ve been churning out my regulars this week but I wanted to add a new one to the rotation: lemon squares.  They are pretty popular any time of the year but I think they’re great around Christmas since they are a bit lighterContinue reading “Christmas Cookie: Lemon Squares”

Rabbit in Mustard Sauce (ou en Francais, Lapin à la Moutarde)

Wednesday nights are reserved as date night for Cheryl and me.  Most of the time we go out for dinner but occasionally she lets me cook a ‘fancy’ mid-week one for her.  The whole point is to spend some quiet time together while trying something new.  I’m pretty sure the idea for rabbit came upContinue reading “Rabbit in Mustard Sauce (ou en Francais, Lapin à la Moutarde)”

Since it’s Apple Season – Homemade Apple Pie

I looked back among all of my posts and discovered I’ve never posted about making an apple pie.  I’m not surprised as there are probably a million apple pie recipes out there, so why add another one?  I’ll tell you why.  Firstly, because I made one for Sunday Dinner this week; secondly and more importantlyContinue reading “Since it’s Apple Season – Homemade Apple Pie”

First Fall Dish – Lamb Stew with Backyard Garden Vegetables

I probably say this every year but fall is by far my favorite time of the year to cook.  It’s nice to get back in front of the stove after cooking on the grill all summer.  I just feel more creative in the fall, there’s only so much you can do with the grill, andContinue reading “First Fall Dish – Lamb Stew with Backyard Garden Vegetables”

Ricotta Cake – What To Do With The Homemade Ricotta You Just Made

If you saw last week’s post you know I made some homemade ricotta cheese.  It just so happened that immediately after making some there was a recipe in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition for a ricotta cheese cake.  Ricotta cheese cake (torta ricotta) can usually be found in Italian restaurants along with the tiramisuContinue reading “Ricotta Cake – What To Do With The Homemade Ricotta You Just Made”

Butterball Farms Luncheon Event

So I must say, one of the really cool things about writing this blog is occasionally I get some event invitations.  Last week I was invited to attend an event where my friend Chef Julius was showcasing Butterball Farms butter.  “Lunch?  And you’re cooking, Chef?  Um, yeah, I can make it!”  It was actually aContinue reading “Butterball Farms Luncheon Event”

The Best Raisin Bread Ever! Pan Tramvai!

I know, I know, not another bread recipe so soon.  But seriously, this has to be the best raisin bread you can make.  It is so chock full of raisins the dough can barely contain them.  How chock full?  Well the amount of raisins in the bread is equal to the amount of flour used. Continue reading “The Best Raisin Bread Ever! Pan Tramvai!”

St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef (Part 2 – the finished product)

After 6 days in brine the brisket was ready for cooking and the photo above does not begin to do justice to this corned beef.  If you could only taste it!  The ready-to-cook corned beef you buy in the store has nothing on this version in terms of flavor.  There’s no way you get asContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef (Part 2 – the finished product)”