I really like pearl onions. They’re tiny, adorable, grape-sized onions, and they’re typically sweeter than their bigger cousins. You can find them pickled and jarred, and I’ve had a jar on hand in my fridge for the past couple months. I toss a handful onto salads, or in with other veggies that I’m sauteing. The pickled ones are sometimes called cocktail onions, and they’re used as a garnish in some cocktails, notably the Read the rest of this entry »
Thanksgiving is coming up, and for the past couple years, I’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving potluck the Sunday before the real Turkey Day. My friends Steve and Denise throw it, and it’s a good time. This year, I brought the cranberries, and I wanted to do something a little different. So I made…
…PINEAPPLE CRANBERRY SALSA! Here’s how I made it. Read the rest of this entry »
I recently had a wonderful meal at a restaurant, including a great side dish of Brussels sprouts with grapes. It was delicious. I wanted to recreate that dish at home the other day, but I was fresh out of grapes. I did have raisins, though, and those were grapes at one point, so… close enough. I came up with this recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Carrots and Raisins, and here’s how I made it. What do you think it began with? Brussels sprouts!
These little green beauts came from Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been back from Michigan for a week, but I have one more recipe to share from my time there. It seems weird to use the phrase “anchovy topping,” because it sounds desserty, but this dish definitely isn’t a dessert. It starts with three very un-desserty ingredients: onion, green pepper, and red pepper.
That’s 1/2 an onion, 1/2 a green pepper, and (surprise, surprise) 1/2 a red pepper.
I should back up. The idea for this dish came about because Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been enjoying turnips lately. I’ve made them into fries, added them to soup, and even a salad. Since turnips are a good alternative to potatoes, I decided to try mashing them. And I included a new-to-me vegetable in the recipe, because…why not? Everyone say hello to…
A rutabaga is a root vegetable that’s actually a cross between a Read the rest of this entry »
I went to Universal Studios Hollywood yesterday, and as I was leaving, they were shooting the entertainment news show “Extra.” I watched the host, Mario Lopez, do about ten minutes of intros and promos, and what did I see when I tuned in later that night? I was on TV!
It was just for a second or two, in the lower left corner, but it was cool nonetheless. I don’t know if Read the rest of this entry »
Ain’t no party like a spaetzle party ’cause a spaetzle party don’t stop!
I was talking about food with my Aunt Mary when I visited her last week, and she mentioned how she had recently bought spaetzle at her local Aldi supermarket. Spaetzle, a type of German egg noodle, is something I’ve eaten at German restaurants a couple times, but I had never seen it in the store. So Mary pulled the package out of her pantry and said “take it! It’s yours.” Read the rest of this entry »