There are always ingredients to play around with when I’m ready to get in the kitchen. After taking another peek, it was time to get to business with all of the frozen meat in my freezer. My line of work means I’m constantly bringing home leftovers–some cooked, much of it raw. Late last year, I packed up chunks of tri-tip that I knew would make for good eating. A couple of weeks ago, I pulled them out with an idea for a big bowl that would hit the spot.
As much as I desperately want slightly cooler weather and very distinct signs of winter, Los Angeles refuses to cooperate. We’re supposed to be under the raging grip of El Niño, but if you ask me, it’s been quite anti-climatic. At least in my part of town. There have definitely been issues in regions of California–eroding coastlines,flooded highways, heavy snowstorms–but this past weekend, in my hood, the temp was in the low 80s. That’s not winter if you ask me. But it’s what we have, so what can you do? All I can do is keep eating all of my favorite winter foods, even when the mercury is high. So bread pudding is here to save the day. Because with bread pudding, it can feel like winter no matter what’s going on outdoors. Continue Reading »
That big deal football game is around the corner, right? I’ve been hearing quite a bit about it. Admittedly, I’m not a big sports fan, and I don’t follow football. I do enjoy any reason to sit around noshing and sipping, though. Even if that involves semi-pretending to know what’s going on during said big deal football game. Food and drink are so important at these gatherings, especially for any friends and family like me who just show up for commercials, the halftime show, appetizers and beer. That being said, I’m going to make a suggestion that you do something different this year for Super Bowl Sunday. Serve something that rarely finds itself on the table for an occasion like this. Rajas, my friends. Make Super Bowl 50 all about the rajas.
I love to hate bananas. They’re not the fruit for me. I’ll say that until the day I die, but I have to admit that I love banana bread more than words. Don’t ask me how that happened. I just know these things to be true. If I end up with a few whole bananas in hand, they’ll immediately go in the freezer because I know banana bread will happen. After making a batch of homemade peanut butter, I knew exactly what to do with the leftovers and those bananas that had been in the freezer for a couple of months. Yesterday was apparently National Peanut Butter Day, but we can extend the celebration to today. Continue Reading »
In an effort to balance out my sugar rebound from the holidays, I immediately got to work on a dish that would be warm, satisfying and serve as perfect leftovers during the week. Oh, I surely ate an abundance of sweets, which I shared last week. You should definitely try your hand at that Brûléed Marshmallow and Caramel Custard Tart. Once you’ve polished it off, which won’t take long, fire up the oven again for this braised chicken entrée that will be just as delicious as all the sweets.
The holidays are long gone and over, but that doesn’t mean some of the dishes from those days aren’t just as delicious on an ordinary evening. I go back and forth between wanting to eat all of the cookies or all of the salad. That’s life.I did nothing but cook between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. In November, I was able to serve up a little balance for the holiday, but once Christmas hit, it was all about sugar, butter and flour, including a tart that is one of my new favorite creations. Here’s a quick look at what was on the table.