Roast Chicken – An essential dish for anyone

I make roast chicken fairly often so I was a little shocked to see I hadn’t published a roast chicken post.  Roast chicken is something everyone has eaten in their lives and most everyone is familiar with the basics of cooking one. 

Pan Bigio – Rustic Italian Wheat Bread

I know what you’re thinking, it’s too soon for another bread recipe.  I actually had another post already started but made this bread on a whim and was so blown away by it and the method, I felt compelled to shelve the other and instead post about Pan Bigio.  This rustic, whole wheat peasant breadContinue reading “Pan Bigio – Rustic Italian Wheat Bread”

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Herb Bread (Pane all’Erbe) – A delicious start to fall baking

Now is a great time for baking bread.  This particular herb bread recipe from Carol Field’s The Italian Baker caught my eye because I’ve got a lot of parsley in my garden I need to use and I also thought the bread could be used in a variety of ways.  After baking and tasting it,Continue reading “Herb Bread (Pane all’Erbe) – A delicious start to fall baking”

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”

New Sausage: Spanish Pimenton and Fennel Sausage

Not sure if you’ve noticed yet but it’s August, halfway through to be exact.  Where did the summer go?  Kids are going back to school and the NFL is already playing pre-season games.  Having eaten up all of our sausage supply I thought it was high time to come up with a new creation andContinue reading “New Sausage: Spanish Pimenton and Fennel Sausage”

Baking some Italian Bread: Pane di Como

My mom is always sending me recipes she’s tried.  I’ll suddenly get an envelope in the mail from her and inside will be a recipe clipped from a newspaper or magazine.  Every now and then though a larger package will arrive in which I’ll find a cookbook she saw or found.  This week, one ofContinue reading “Baking some Italian Bread: Pane di Como”

How to make Aioli: A perfect condiment for grilled foods

Aioli, when made from scratch is very unlike the flavored mayo you get at places passed off as aioli.  It’s much creamier, packs quite the garlicky punch, and can be used to enhance the flavors of almost anything from soups to grilled vegetables to meat to crostini.  Aioli is also very easy to make andContinue reading “How to make Aioli: A perfect condiment for grilled foods”

Two New Sausages: Mango-Poblano Pepper and Apple-Sage

I’ve been practicing my sausage making skills over the winter and last week I decided it was time to test myself.  Grilling season is approaching here in Chicago so it was time to use the basic skills I’ve acquired and invent something delicious.  I settled on two new flavors: a mango-poblano pepper sausage and anContinue reading “Two New Sausages: Mango-Poblano Pepper and Apple-Sage”

Tomato Bisque

Every Monday night there’s a TwitterChat I usually participate in called #FoodieChats (follow @foodiechats or @foodiechatsCHI for updates) where the moderator asks themed questions and people tweet their responses.  It’s a fun way to interact with the “Twitter Community” and I occasionally get some good ideas from it.  This week’s theme was “Eating Red” soContinue reading “Tomato Bisque”

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”