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Oven Roasted Purple Potatoes

Oven Roasted Purple Potatoes on a Plate

In American cuisine, is there any better side dish than a crispy, crunchy potato? But what if the potatoes are purple? And they’re oven roasted purple potatoes? For many, the crispy potato, from french fries to hash browns, is a staple along side a meat and a vegetable.  Since oil-laden […]

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Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

Fall and Winter typically call for large pots of chili and soups. Large pots of chili and soups call for a great cornbread. Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread The challenge with most of the cornbread mixes is that tend to produce a dry finished product.  After you’ve spent all this hard work […]

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Quick Garlicky Pickles

Homemade Garlicky Pickles – In 1 week Quick Garlicky Pickles As a shareholder in Angelic Organics, a great Chicago-area CSA, there are weeks where I just have too much of a particular item that I just won’t get to.  Since I love pickles, and loathe throwing anything out, finding a […]

Beef, Kid Friendly, Snacks

Spicy Garlic Beef Jerky

Spicy Garlic Beef Jerky

  Homemade Beef Jerky with bold garlic and spicy flavors Commercial beef jerky is pretty hit-and-miss.  Most of the bags sold in stores have way too much sodium and goofy flavors.  I like garlic, and lots of it, especially on meat. I’ve tried numerous recipes and landed on a simple […]

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The Essential Kitchen Bookshelf

As I mentioned in my Cooking Tenets, I’ve bought a lot of cookbooks, but have a small number that are my Go-To references on a regular basis.  Many of them have been dogeared, bookmarked and spilled upon many times.  Nearly everything I include here on the blog used one of these […]

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Roasted Carrot, Onion & Malbec Soup

When we were in Mendoza in 2009, we had a pretty amazing lunch at Bodega Melipal that included a very tasty Malbec Carrot Soup.  This is my attempt to recreate it, leveraging some of the techniques from Francis Mallman’s Butternut Squash Soup recipe in Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way.  There are intentionally […]

Kid Friendly, Snacks

Mixed Berry Fruit Leather

Mixed Berry Fruit Leather

As a kid, I probably ate miles of Fruit Rollups.  I’m sure the ratio of fruit to High Fructose Corn Syrup was so out of whack, I wouldn’t even consider giving them to my own kids.  Which is why I decided to come up with my own homemade fruit leather recipe.  […]

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Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts, what a misunderstood vegetable that’s finally getting the recognition it deserves. I really didn’t give them much attention until they started showing up in our CSA, complete with their stalks. For freshness, it’s hard to beat any vegetable that comes to you nearly in its in-the-ground state. Because […]

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Beer Marinade Carne Asada

Turn humble Skirt Steak into amazing, juicy Carne Asada Very similar to how I make beef jerky, this recipe uses a beer-based marinade as a tenderizer. If you make the marinade hours in advance, you’ll give the garlic plenty of time to impart its goodness.  One thing I intentionally leave […]

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Bloody Mary Mix

A smart use for leftover pickle brine Did you make a big mason jar of quick pickles and are about to pour out the brine?  STOP!  That salty brine can make a great homemade Bloody Mary.  I’ve found that the best Bloody Mary is made from the brine of pickled […]