Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

... "So, I didn't cook anything for Thanksgiving or Christmas because of my work travels - but, I was compelled to make something tonight while I taking down my 'Charlie Brown Needs Coffee Badly Christmas Tree' down off my piano. I asked James, '[W]hat do you want for dinner? I'm not traveling today for work.' He replied, 'I want a festal chicken breast dinner.' I was shocked with the 'festal' word, so - I kept a red and green theme ...

Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes: US Butter. BL/SL Chicken Breasts. Onion. S & P. Garlic. Thyme. AP Flour. Red Pepper Flakes. LS Chicken Broth. Dry White Wine. Asiago Cheese. Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Parsley. Campanelle Pasta. Lemon.

Granted, I don't fancy Italian food - but, I needed to 'shock' James with something out of my comfort zone. Two can play this game. The game - which I always win ... through his stomach." /wants some gelato right about now ...

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Fig-Glazed Pork Loin with Roasted Potatoes and Bacon.

.. "I haven't cooked in three weeks other than baking cookies for friends and family. I haven't even used my new Calphalon and All-Clad cookware and OXO kitchen equipment that I purchased during Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday deals. James and I needed to go to the supermarket for James' food staples while I'm traveling. Suddenly, I heard "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" on the supermarket PA system ... I wasn't hungry until I heard ... 'now bring us some figgy pudding.' Coincidentally, James I were walking down the bread aisle and fig jam was in front of my face and I got inspired ...

Fig-Glazed Pork Loin with Roasted Potatoes and Bacon: Bacon. Red Potatoes. BL Pork Loin Roast. Fennel Seeds. Fig Jam. Chives.

Roasted Broccoli: Broccoli. EVOO. Sugar. S & P. Lemon.

With Christmas Eve just only 10 days away and not knowing my work travels until - literally - last minute, I have to cherish the time I have with James and the rest of my family and friends while I'm home. Granted, figs aren't a holiday staple in my family, I think I should make it one ... I didn't fancy fig nor Fig Newtons before ... but, I'm starting to like 'em." /searches for a recipe for figgy pudding ...


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Sherry Sauce. Glazed Carrots. Roasted Broccoli. Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

... "It's Monday night and I was on my way home driving back from Milwaukee from work where I thought ... 'I want Boston Market for dinner and I really don't want to cook.' While in thought, I totally missed the turn and I didn't want to turn around and I drove to the supermarket instead to get the ingredients to make a 'Boston-Market-quality' meal for a fraction of the cost. Luckily, I read through the grocery store and supermarket circulars religiously and all the ingredients for this meal for four costs less than $15.00 USD.

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Sherry Sauce: BI Chicken Thighs and Legs. S & P. Vegetable Oil. Garlic. AP Flour. LS Chicken Broth. Dry Sherry. Thyme. US Butter. Lemon Juice.

Glazed Carrots: Carrot. LS Chicken Broth. Sugar. US Butter. Lemon Juice. S & P.

Roasted Broccoli: EVOO. Sugar. S & P. Lemon Juice.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Garlic. EVOO. Russet Potato. Water. Whole Milk. Thyme. Rosemary. Oregano. S & P.

Using the same ingredients throughout a whole menu plan saves money. Having a well-stocked pantry with staple pantry items also is a time-saver. In the end, if I went to Boston Market and spent roughly $15.00 - I would have ordered the food, then it would have gotten cold by the time I got home. By going to the supermarket and getting the ingredients and making it - I made the same meal for four people. The benefits of cooking/eating at home." /enjoying this meal while it is still hot ...


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sirloin Steak with Boursin Mashed Potatoes. Easy Creamed Spinach.

... "James and I wanted to go out for dinner tonight, but I wasn't really feeling it. The howling winds and the cold temperatures inspired me to cook at home after a long day at work - plus, I haven't cooked in over a week with all the traveling I've been doing. Also, I was talking to a friend of mine and challenged me to make a steak dinner for two for less than $30 dollars and make it within 30 minutes. He also told me that I have to use Boursin cheese as a mandatory ingredient. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

Sirloin Steak with Boursin Mashed Potatoes: Russet Potatoes. Vegetable Oil. BL Top Sirloin Steak. S & P. Whole Milk. Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese. Chives.

Easy Creamed Spinach: Olive Oil. Curly-Leaf Spinach. Boursin Garlic and Fine Herbs Cheese. Heavy Cream. S & P.

James walked in when I was just going to slice the now-rested sirloin steak for the presentation plate. You should have seen the smile on his face; it was priceless ... well, for only $30 dollars vice the up to $100 bucks we can both spend on dinner, including drinks, appetizer, and dessert ... but, I'll take a delicious dinner at home vice going out to dinner any night of the week ... there's the kitchen to clean up though ... ugh!" /begs James to do the dishes while I blog dinner ...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Steamed Mussels in White Wine and Parsley. Rustic Italian Garlic Bread.

... "With all the vegetarians/vegans in Bears in the Kitchen - I have to give an homage to them, so I stepped out of my beef/chicken/pork boundaries and made a pescatarian and an ovo-lacto vegetarian happy ...

Steamed Mussels in White Wine with Parsley: US Butter. Shallot. Garlic. Dry White Wine. Bay Leaf. Mussels. Heavy Cream. Parsley. S & P.

Rustic Italian Garlic Bread: Bread Flour. RR Yeast. Water. Salt. Vegetable Oil. Garlic. US Butter. Parmesan Cheese.

While making this dish, James was surprised that I made seafood for dinner. He asked me, "Are you OK? Where's the beef?" We both started laughing. I replied, "I didn't give up red meat on Fridays for Lent this year, but I can give up red meat for a day ... just for today. Only today." /itching for some prime rib ...


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Drunken Noodles with Chicken.

... "I was inspired to make a dish that represents October. When I think of October, I think of alcohol and lots of it. I also had a itch for Thai/Vietnamese food as of late from the fail restaurants that I reviewed in my foodie travels around Chicago and Milwaukee ... so, I present -

Drunken Noodles with Chicken: Rice Noodles. BS Chicken Breast. Soy Sauce. Dark Brown Sugar. Lime Juice. Lime Wedges. Asian Chili Garlic Sauce. Vegetable Oil. Baby Bok Choy. Thai Basil. Cilantro. Scallion.

What makes this "drunken" is that the noodles are soaked in hot water until they are pliable but not mushy. I put in extra Asian chili garlic sauce, because I like things extra spicy. I also bought some Singha beer to round out the Thai experience and to easily extinguished the warm burn nicely. The fall-like weather, i.e., rain, wind, and dreaded snow is just around the corner ... so, I needed the heat to keep me thinking that it's still summer in my mind ..." /wants a re-do of summer


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Smothered Pork Chops.

... "It's been really cold lately and I needed something other than my Snuggie and the dogs keeping me warm ...

Smothered Pork Chops: Bacon. AP Flour. LS Chicken Broth. Vegetable Oil. Bone-In Rib Loin Pork Chops. S & P. Onions. Water. Garlic. Thyme. Bay. Parsley.

I served brown rice versus white rice, because of its nuttier flavor and texture. The velvety rich sauce complimented it well. As for compliments are concerns, James was surprised that I made dinner, he was expecting us to go out for dinner ... - I haven't really cooked in a couple of weeks due my work travels, but a home-cooked meal is always better than a restaurant meal any day of the week." /grabbing a second plate ...

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Chicken Adobo and Rice.

... "The weather outside is frightful ... well, it's cold and wet here in Chicagoland and it's a perfect time to make a stroll down Memory Lane and heat things up in my kitchen ...

Chicken Adobo - Chicken. Water. Vegetable Oil. Onions. Garlic. Soy Sauce. White Vinegar. Bay Leaf. Peppercorns.

White Rice - Rice. Water. Salt.

Every time I make this dish, I think about my mother's epic version of it. I remember her slaving away at the stove every day when I get home from school. I opened the front door and I stand and stare at the dishes my mom cooked on the stove. Need I mention the Filipino aromas from the spices and ingredients my mom's kitchen!! With that said, I'm always taken back to my childhood and pigging out late night while the rest of my family is sleeping and watching TV or playing my Nintendo until the early hours of the morning. The funny thing is that the rest of family finds out that I ate the leftovers from the family meal the night prior... then, my mom would scold me and call me a "baboy" ('pig' in Tagalog) ... Buddha Baboy ... my old-school nickname ..." /the feels and the memories

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Cauliflower. Basmati Rice.

... "James wanted to get Indian food and I really didn't want to go out for dinner. My kitchen was calling me - I haven't cooked nor been home all week. James stayed at home while I shopped and walked down the aisles of several of my favorite domestic/international supermarkets this afternoon. Being that it's starting to get cold outside and the start of autumn starts later this week, I wanted to make a dish that would warm me up on the inside and on the outside.

Chicken Curry with Potatoes and Cauliflower: BL/SL Chicken Breasts. S & P. Vegetable Oil. Onion. (Hot Madras) Curry Powder. Garlic. Ginger. LS Chicken Broth. Cornstarch. Red Potatoes. Cauliflower. Peas. Plain Yogurt. Cilantro.

Basmati Rice: Vegetable Oil. Cinnamon Stick. Cardamom Pods. Cloves. Onion. Basmati Rice. Water. Salt.

Again, I cherish the time I am home with James and there's nothing like a home-cooked meal. After our home was filled with aromatic smells, I set the table, turned the lights down low, burned some incense, and turned on 'Indian Classical Radio' on Pandora One and had dinner with James ... it felt like we were at one of our favorite Indian restaurants. All I got to say in the end,'मेरा प्यारा घर' (Mērā pyārā ghara) 'Home Sweet Home' ... nothing beats a home cooked meal. NOTHING DOES." /plays the air sitar during dinner with a smile on my face ...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One-Pan Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables.

... "I needed to decompress from work today, so I got my aggressions out by making ...

One-Pan Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables: Chicken. Brussels Sprouts. Red Potatoes. Shallots. Carrots. Fennel. Parsnips. Garlic. Thyme. Rosemary. S & P. Butter. Sugar.

With my current travels on the road I rarely have the time to make dinner when I am home - this meal is made just under an hour negating mise en place. While this was cooking in the oven and filling the whole house with aromatic smells ... I got all the tedious paperwork I needed to get done and completed other work tasks. I took out the sizzling hot pan and served James and myself a generous helping. We both sat down and ate. I watched James enjoy his dinner and he said, 'I miss your cooking.' I replied, 'I miss it too.'" ... /closes my eyes and takes a bite and smiles ...

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Buttermilk Banana Pancakes.

... "I've been traveling all week and I ravaged my pantry and the refrigerator for something to make for breakfast on this bright sunny and cool morning without going to the supermarket to buy ingredients. James had some over-ripened bananas sitting on the counter and he wanted something out of the ordinary for breakfast ...

Buttermilk Banana Pancakes - Buttermilk. AP Flour. Sugar. Baking Powder. Baking Soda. Salt. Egg. Unsalted Butter. Ripened Mashed Bananas. Vegetable Oil. Vermont Maple Syrup. Confectioner's Sugar.

... Sunday morning breakfast complete." /fulfilled breakfast craving

Monday, September 1, 2014

French Onion Soup & Cheese Croutons.

... "The unofficial end of summer is here. It's time to get out the slow cooker and practice those fall/autumn recipes. I didn't want to stay inside and slave over a stove. I have to enjoy the nice weather before it will suddenly change ...

Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup: Beef Bones. Butter. Yellow Onions. S & P. Brown Sugar. Fresh Thyme. Apple Butter. Dry Sherry. AP Flour. Soy Sauce. LS Chicken Broth. Beef Broth. 

I topped the soup with -- Cheese Croutons -- Baguette. Smoked Gruyere Cheese. A warm soup with crispy bread with a crunchy and crispy cheese layer ... there's no place like home, but I'm heading outside to take a walk this off!" /satisfied

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Greek Meatballs with Herb and Lemon Orzo.

... "It's the end of the weekend. A lot of the school districts where I live are starting school sometime this week. We both wanted something different than French and Italian staples that James and I usually have for Sunday dinner.

Greek Meatballs with Herb and Lemon Orzo -- Orzo. Water. S & P. Lemon Zest. Lemon Juice. Mint. Dill. Garlic. Olive Oil. Hearty White Sandwich Bread. Plain Yogurt. 85% Lean Ground Beef. Red Onion. Feta Cheese.

This summer was full of events. James and I getting married, me having knee surgery, and now starting a new job here shortly, and everything in between ... this summer went way too fast. The only thing that James and I didn't do was go on honeymoon - so, this Greek meal was kind of our "Greek Getaway."

All things must come to an end, just like this meal and summer. James got up from the table and washed the dishes. I stared at a now clean kitchen and said to myself, 'I have to start thinking about autumnal dishes and holiday season food.' ..." /wanting my mom's Filipino food ... /smiles

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pecan Bars.

... "On a cold rainy day, James and I needed a warm sweet bite to cheer me up and satisfy my sweet tooth. I needed some heat and sunshine to turn my frown upside down. I blasted the oven to 350 degrees and made ...

Pecan Bars: CRUST - AP Flour. Baking Powder. Salt. Light Brown Sugar. Pecans. Unsalted Butter. FILLING - Unsalted Butter. Light Corn Syrup. Vanilla Extract. Bourbon. Dark Rum. Salt. Egg. Pecans.

The chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty Pecan Bars hit the spot. All I needed now is an Arnold Palmer to wash it all down ... y'all." /still working on my fake Southern accent

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Korean-Style Beef and Rice.

... "I had a great weekend with James and Maxwell. From Hungarian to Japanese and all the pastries and movie food in between - I need to up my game a little bit. I shouldn't be walking around, but no one can take the chef out of me - regardless if I had knee surgery and all I wanted when I got home was dol sot bibimbap ...

Korean-Style Beef and Rice - Bean Sprouts. Carrot. Cucumber. Seasoned Rice Vinegar. Short-Grain White Rice. Water. Blade Steak. Soy Sauce. Vegetable Oil. Shiitake Mushrooms. Garlic. Spinach. S & P. Egg. Toasted Sesame Oil.


Gochujang Sauce: Gochujang (Korean Hot Pepper Paste). Garlic. Ginger. Scallion. Toasted Sesame Oil. Toasted Sesame Seeds.

Kimchi: Napa Cabbage. Kosher Salt. Garlic. Gochugaru (Korean Chili Powder). Sugar. Fish Sauce. Soy Sauce. Ginger. Salted Shrimp. Scallions. Leek. Carrot.

Granted this dish is a labor of love not to mention this is only an adaptation of the original dol sot bibimbap. Like the Korean proverb goes: 고생 끝에 낙이 온다 (Go-saeng Ggeut-eh naki eun-da) ... 'At the end of hardship comes happiness.' The hardship here was the pain surging through my knee while cooking today. However, the happiness is the end result. One beautiful dish that filled me up. With the said, I'm going to take my pain killer pills and fall asleep. I know that I'm going to be dreaming about something delicious ..." /dreaming about my next meal

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Zucchini Bread.

... "My friend, Jim, the master at-home baker, has made some awesome breads and pastries in the last couple of months. I have been privileged to have some of his bread. My neighbor, Pat Morelli's mother -- her friend gave me a giant zucchini from her bountiful garden. I took this as an inspiration to make ...

Zucchini Bread: Zucchini. Sugar. AP Flour. Baking Soda. Baking Powder. Salt. While Milk Yogurt. Egg. Lemon Juice. Unsalted Butter. Pecans.

Baking isn't my specialty, but James keeps telling me to make more baked goods. He reassured me that everything I make from appetizers, side dishes, and entrées are all delicious. Maybe, I should make cookies, cakes, and possibly pastries more often to not only satisfy my daily craving for something sweet, but to diversify my recipe knowledge." /contemplates the thought over a tall cold glass of milk and a warm piece of freshly baked zucchini bread ...

Monday, July 28, 2014

Chicken with Couscous and Spinach.

... "James and I wanted something lighter for dinner tonight and I really didn't want to mess up nor heat up the kitchen on a hot day like today. We also wanted to incorporate more green leafy vegetables and stay away from rice. I went to the new Seedays food court restaurant (organic health food) at my local mall for inspiration. Their food didn't make me happy and I was wishing for the former falafel stand was there. Then, it hit me ...

Chicken with Couscous and Spinach: AP Flour. Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts. S & P. Olive Oil. Israeli Couscous. Shallot. Garlic. Lemon Zest. Lemon Juice. Red Pepper Flakes. LS Chicken Broth. Baby Spinach. Feta Cheese.

In the end - it only took minimal mise en place and minimal cooking equipment. This dish is a step up from my regular fried chicken and (fried) rice that I usually have as comfort food. It only took 30 minutes to make and kept me gave me a food coma." /sleepy and ready to dream for my next meal

Friday, July 25, 2014

Tandoori Chicken. Yogurt Sauce. Basmati Rice Pilaf. Onion Relish. Cilantro-Mint Chutney. Indian Flatbread (Naan).

... "After my first Twitter live chat yesterday, I was inspired by one of the questions pertaining to the spices that are in my pantry. I have an abundance of Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and obviously Filipino spices. James was in the mood for Indian cuisine so ...

Tandoori Chicken: Vegetable Oil. Garlic. Ginger. Garam Marsala. Cumin. Chili Powder. Whole-Milk Yogurt. Lime Juice. Salt. Bone-In Split Chicken Breast.

Yogurt Sauce: Whole-Milk Yogurt. Cilantro. Mint. Garlic. S & P.

Basmati Rice Pilaf: Vegetable Oil. Cinnamon Stick. Green Cardamom Pods. Onion. Basmati Rice. Water. Salt.

Onion Relish: Vidalia Onion. Sweet Paprika. Lime Juice. Sugar. Salt. Cayenne Pepper.

Cilantro-Mint Chutney: Cilantro. Mint. Whole-Milk Yogurt. Onion. Lime Juice. Sugar. Cumin. Salt.

Indian Flatbread (Naan): Water. Whole-Milk Yogurt. Vegetable Oil. Egg Yolk. AP Flour. Sugar. Rapid-Rise Yeast. Salt. Unsalted Butter.

... I couldn't believe that I got this all on the table. The flavors were amazing. The sweet and heat made my mouth and James' mouth were do a Bollywood dance and saying "Yaha bahuta svādiṣṭa thā" (It was delicious)! James also said, 'This is better than any other Indian food I've had.' I was taken back, but I smiled and bowed at him saying 'namaste.'" /feels like Annapurna, the Goddess of Food and Nourishment

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with a Pomegranate and Balsamic Sauce. Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Crispy Smashed Potatoes.

... "There are days where I just need something simple and healthy for dinner. Also, I was inspired by the Brussels sprouts discussion from last week. I present for tonight's dinner: 

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts with a Pomegranate and Balsamic Sauce - Chicken Breasts. S & P. Vegetable Oil. Shallot. AP Flour. LS Chicken Broth. Pomegranate Juice. Thyme. Butter. Balsamic Vinegar.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts -- Brussels Sprouts. Olive Oil. Water. S & P.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes: Red Bliss Potatoes. EVOO. Thyme. Kosher Salt. Pepper. 

I'm back on my healthy and simple kick ... James loved it. I'm sorry that you guys were not here to have some." /snickers

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Roast Chicken with Lima Bean Ragoût.

... "It's cold outside and I wanted to make something fall like and which didn't take a lot of time to make. James wanted chicken breasts for dinner and I was watching an episode of Julia Child ...

Roast Chicken with Lima Bean Ragoût: Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Breasts. S & P. Vegetable Oil. Onion. Cremini Mushrooms. Garlic. Sauvignon Blanc. LS Chicken Broth. Baby Lima Beans. Oil Cured Olives.

The weather here in Chicago is never consistent, but dishes I put on the table for friends and family always produce consistent smiles and happy tummies. Nothing's better than an empty plate coming back to the kitchen and getting a warm kiss and a bear hug from James asking for more." /serves up a hearty second helping with a smile

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cola-Glazed Pork Chops with Bok Choy and Sticky Rice.

... "I wanted to make something Chinese after watching 'Snack-Off' with Eddie Huang on MTV. I didn't have much in my kitchen, but I dished out ...

Cola-Glazed Pork Chops with Bok Choy and Sticky Rice: Sushi rice. Baby Bok Choy. Vegetable Oil. Bone-In Pork Rib Chops. Cola. Hoisin Sauce. Water. S & P.

After watching two episodes, I clearly can make better food than those six contestants with ingredients that are already in my pantry. Remember, one doesn't need much to make a fulfilling meal. One just needs creativity and inspiration ... and I always put that on my plates." /needs oolong tea and a fortune cookie to finish off this meal

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rustic Chicken and Brie Tart. Foolproof Pie Dough.

... "A couple of my friends asked me to make more baked goods, i.e., pastries and pies. I was walking through the supermarket was salivating for a bacon maple donut that was at the coffee counter and James was starving and wanted dinner ASAP. Then, it hit me - I should make a savory tart! I grabbed some ready-to-go ingredients to make ...

Rustic Chicken and Brie Tart: Spinach. Brie. Walnuts. Rotisserie Chicken. LS Chicken Broth. S & P.

Foolproof Pie Dough: U-AP Flour. Sugar. Salt. Butter. Vegetable Shortening. Vodka. Ice Water.

I have to say that I'm getting more and more confident in my baking skills - but, while I was devouring this tart - I still wanted that bacon maple donut ... maybe donuts as my next challenge?" /does a "donut" Homer Simpson impression

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Braised Chicken with Onions, Mushrooms, and Bacon & Sautéed Summer Squash.

... "Trying to feed a family is quite hard while on a budget. Trying to not make a mess in the kitchen is quite hard a small kitchen. With those two thoughts in mind, I used only nine ingredients to make the following:

Braised Chicken with Onions, Mushrooms, and Bacon: Bacon. Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs. Onions. Cremini Mushrooms. LS Chicken Broth. S & P. Parsley.

Sautéed Summer Squash: EVOO. Onion. Summer Squash. Garlic. S & P. Parsley.

To feed six people, including my best friend's family (Joshua, Suzanne, and their daughter), James, and a neighbor (Amy), wasn't really hard to do. Nothing makes me happier to see friends and family come together around the dinner table. The smiles of satisfaction, the clanking of silverware on plates, the dialogue about their day in the real world, and the onset of food coma -- these things not only make me happy, but I feel great and I achieved greatness." /takes a bite and savors the flavor

Monday, July 7, 2014

Peach Crisp with Lemon Vanilla Whipped Cream.

... "After the long Independence Day weekend I really didn't want to cook. My best friend's wife, Suzanne, graciously gave me several ripe peaches from Tree Ripe Citrus Co(mpany). I don't make many desserts, but I was drawn to making ...

Peach Crisp with Lemon Vanilla Whipped Cream: AP Flour. Light Brown Sugar. Granulated Sugar. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Salt. Unsalted Butter. Pecans. Peaches. Lemon Zest. Lemon juice. Vanilla. Heavy Cream.

On a hot day like today - this dessert is served warm or even room temperature; however, a hearty helping cooled me right now and left a smile on my face and left me patriotic." /singing "Peaches" by President of the United States of America and remembering my fallen friends in the military

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Salmon with Asparagus and Herb Dressing & Roasted Cauliflower.

... "I haven't cooked fish lately. My friend, John, told me that salmon looks like 'tongue.' I chuckled at his comment; however, I took that to heart and decided to make ...

Salmon with Asparagus and Herb Dressing: Salmon. S & P. EVOO. Unsalted Butter. Asparagus. Lemon Juice. Shallot. Parsley. Dijon Mustard.

Roasted Cauliflower: Cauliflower. EVOO. S & P.

A simple delicious and also healthy dinner done in less than 60 minutes. I should eat fish more often. As Brillat-Savarin said, 'In the hands of an able cook, fish can become an inexhaustible source of perpetual delight.' Well said, Brillat-Savarin. Well said." /eating dinner on back porch and watching the world go by ...

Friday, July 4, 2014


THE PANTRY PANDA -  ... "Since I've been a child, I have been surrounded by food. It's no wonder since I come from a long line of 'foodies' in my family. In the last couple of years, I have been cooking meals at home for family and friends as well as seeking out great food in my area. This blog captures my passion on a plate and the plates I've eaten. Feel free to reach out to me for specific recipes or even share places to check out!" /thanks you for visiting my website ...

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