New Orleans Inspiration: Ginger Beer Pork Cheeks with Basil Apricot Ginger Sauce

New Orleans. How can a chef or home cook not draw inspiration from the Crescent City? It’s a very unique culinary city and I really don’t think there’s any place on earth which compares to it for the vibrant and diverse food combinations you discover there. As well as all of the other outrageous stuffContinue reading “New Orleans Inspiration: Ginger Beer Pork Cheeks with Basil Apricot Ginger Sauce”

Happy Thanksgiving! One Last Bite, Homemade Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  Pumpkin pie has always been my favorite Thanksgiving dessert, ever since I was a little kid.  As I was making this the other day I was reminded how quickly pumpkin pie can be put together.  The dough takes about 2 minutes to make and 20 to chill.  In that amount of time youContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving! One Last Bite, Homemade Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving”

Pork Breakfast Sausage Success

New year, new sausages.  So far in 2013 I’ve tried my hand at making two different ones.  The first was an initial attempt at dry curing which unfortunately didn’t turn out well and had to be abandoned.  In order to regroup and give myself a boost of confidence I went back to an easier “ready-to-eat”Continue reading “Pork Breakfast Sausage Success”

What’s for Sunday Dinner – Braised Leg of Lamb with White Beans

With all the turkey, stews, soups, and pork we’ve been eating lately I decided to change it up a bit and make a leg of lamb.  I saw there was a boneless one on sale at the market so I grabbed it.  A boneless leg of lamb is nice because you can stuff it withContinue reading “What’s for Sunday Dinner – Braised Leg of Lamb with White Beans”