Yesterday, I went over to a friends house for a birthday extravaganza. I wanted to bring something that was light and refreshing. So I went to the store and strawberries were on sale for $1.99 a pound. Perfect, strawberry based dessert. Then I remembered a recipe that my friend made for my house warming party. Stuffed strawberry poppers.
Earlier this week Nick over at Macheesmo made english muffins. This reminded me of the english muffin bread that my mom buys from the local Amish Community. The bread is light and airy and toasts beautifully. I wanted to recreate that bread. Here is my shot at it.
Unlike most bread dough’s you do not knead this one. It is a wetter batter than most bread doughs. Since it is a wet dough make sure to immediately wash all utensils and bowls that had the dough in it. If you don’t it will be really hard to clean as the wet dough dries into cement.
Every friday I pick the best culinary events in the DC area for my readers to enjoy. This weekend there are some great events to attend. Cochon 555 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs and 5 Winemakers. Each chef will prepare a 70 lb heritage pig from head to toe for judges and the crowd. In the … Read moreWhat to do this weekend in DC (May 29-31)
Since it has been raining here in DC it has cooled off a bit. Yesterday morning it was 65 degrees. Perfect to read the paper and drink my coffee before work. The only thing missing was the perfect accompaniment to coffee. Shortbread cookies. So today, I made some light and fluffy shortbread cookies.
This recipe creates one of the easiests cookies I have ever made.
Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing The Joy of Pickling by Linda Ziedrich. When I first got this book I said to myself, “Am I really going to make pickles. Aren’t pickles just cucumbers and vinegar. Plus, don’t pickles … Read moreBook Review – The Joy of Pickling
It was 90 degrees here in DC and I was looking for something refreshing to cut the heat. Since it is strawberry season, I decided to make Strawberry Sodas. Not soda as in soda pop, but sodas as in the old fashion ice cream soda that you would get a from a soda fountain. Not as hard as you would think. The syrup only takes 20 minutes and the assembly of the drink takes less than a minute.
Since today is Memorial Day I decided to create a couple of dishes that are perfect for grilling out. I am going to make a Pepperjack and Jalapeno stuffed burger topped with a spicy mayo and a quick pickle of onions and jalapenos. I call it my “Two Steps From Hell Burger”. The burger is very spicy. Since corn is in season and the local Giant has 12 ears for 1.88, I figured I would grill up some corn. Grilling corn sounds easy but to get it right takes some work. Most people don’t grill it for long enough, or else they grill it too long and it becomes chewy. Neither are good eats.
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Egg in a hole, is one of my favorite breakfast foods that you don’t see that often. If you break the yolk it is the ultimate to go food as the egg is secured in the bread. If you don’t break the yolk, the bread around egg soaks up the yolk when it is broken at the table. It is the ultimate breakfast food.
It is perfect finger food and you don’t have to worry about the egg and the cheese falling all over the place like a fast food breakfast sandwich.
A couple of weeks ago I made a sourdough starter and ever since I have been getting emails about making bread. I made pizza’s and pancakes but failed to make good ole sourdough bread. So today I made sourdough bread.
Sourdough bread is pretty easy, it just takes some time.
There is no better place to be in this country than DC over memorial day weekend. With the monuments and history it really makes you cherish the freedom that we have. This weekend is filled with strawberries, events, concerts and memorials. Delaplane Strawberry Festival – (Saturday & Sunday May 23-24) You have to go just … Read moreWhat to do this weekend in DC (May 22-25)
I have been getting a lot of emails from people who want quick and easy recipes that are cheap. So for now on, I am going to devote thursdays to cheap eats. In this economy people want to save money and an easy way to do that is by cooking at home. Cheap food does not have to be bad either. For instance I made this chicken bake for $6.74, or $1.69 per person. I purchased the ingredients on sale and that was the reason why it was so cheap. For instance, instead of having to purchase cheese, which is not cheap, I purchased frozen vegetables in cheese sauce. They were on sale for $1.49 a bag. I used half a bag of broccoli and half a bag of cauliflower in this recipe for a total of $1.49. Sure beats buying cheese at $3 for a 8 oz bag.
Every wednesday I review a cookbook to help weed out the good the bad and the ugly. This week I am reviewing I’m Just Here For The Food by Alton Brown. As an engineer and a certified nerd, I love Alton Brown. His show is designed around humor and the basics, that make food what … Read moreBook Review – I’m just here for the Food…
Ever since my post about the bread bowl pasta hit the web, I have been receiving emails left and right regarding a basic pizza dough crust. I made the bread bowl pasta out of sour dough pizza crust as that is what I had in the refrigerator. Dumb me, not realizing that people would go out of their way to recreate the pasta bowl as I had originally made it. Sourdough crust takes a long time. I have tried many pizza dough recipes in my time. The best that I have found is the one from the Joy of Cooking, page 752.
Like I said above, I have tried a ton of pizza dough recipes and this one always seems to taste the best. Pizza dough is simple and should not contain a ton of ingredients. I also believe that pizza dough should not be sweet but without sugars you loose the carmelization. This recipe can include a optional tablespoon of sugar but I always leave it out.