Archive for February, 2009

What Would You Choose As Your Last Meal?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Last night’s Top Chef episode is my favorite of this season’s bland showing, made with not-so-fresh ingredients. At the very least, it seems like the contestants came up with good menus and delivered some tasty food. Doesn’t it seem like in most episodes, the judges are just trying to figure out who was the least […]

Hot Dog Hushpuppy

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

As we’re getting ready to head out for a week, we’re trying to empty our fridge. So when I wanted a snack last night, Jessica asked me to try to use what was in the fridge and what might go bad. We had left over breadcrumb mixture from some oreganata we made, we […]

Candied Meyer Lemon Zest

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I am in love with Meyer Lemons! You can just sit them on your counter and enjoy the incredible scent. Of course, we actually used them though. More on that later, but don’t forget to use the zest too. The most incredible mist sprays out at you as you peel it, making the process […]

Strange Taste Cuisine

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I walked by this restaurant and had to take a picture. I think the word they were looking for is unique?

Perfect Spinach

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Over-cooked veggies drive me nuts and spinach tops that list for one of the worst offenders. Perfectly cooked spinach is wonderful though, and you’ll see that my method is super easy. I use this for last-minute guests all the time. (New picture added 12/17/2020)

How Much Do You Eat?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

At dinner the other night, we had a fun conversation about the variety of foods each of us would consider eating. I described a way of graphing the edible food universe for each person as an area chart in two axes: one for the variety of breadth of foods and one for the quality […]

African-Style Stewed Skate

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jessica chose a Moroccan dish to prepare for Sophia & Justin last night. We had picked up a large skate wing (about 1.75 pounds) in Chinatown without deciding what to do with it. So when she asked me to figure out what to do, I decided to stick with with the continental […]

Tips on Flan and My Big Boo Boo

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sophia has been craving flan so I offered to make it for her. I picked out a highly rated recipe and started working. I noticed that the recipe leaves out a lot of detail in terms of technique so I was hoping I’d remember all that stuff I learned in culinary school. So, here are […]

Oysters and Steamers

Sunday, February 15, 2009

For Valentine’s Day, we hopped down to Chinatown to pick up some fresh seafood (we both love seafood) and for me, I like seafood as simple as possible. The Virginia oysters were shucked (shucking is harder than it looks when you’re not well practiced) and slurped up with a raspberry mignonette.

We’re not big […]

The Roasting Plant

Saturday, February 14, 2009

We just happened to walk by The Roasting Plant The Roasting Plant today, and seeing a sign that said they brew by the cup, drew me right in. Remember that place I love in San Francisco, Philz? Grinding and brewing each cup to order does make a big difference. The Roasting Plant takes it a […]