This vegetable stock is part one of a two-part post; I’m making Thomas Keller’s Butternut Squash Soup for Thanksgiving this year. I made and froze the stock last weekend.
I really like the simple combination of vegetables in this stock. I hate celery in vegetable stock, since I think it quickly becomes [...]
Ahh, the patty melt – a thin beef patty, melty cheese, caramelized onions and crispy bread. Not quite a burger, more than a grilled cheese, completely delicious. These are grilled up with mayo instead of butter. Sounds a little strange, I know, but it makes a killer crust, that won’t burn as easily as butter, [...]
We’ll get to the delicious Apple Pie bars in a second, but first Iceland! It was absolutely incredible. Words cannot describe how beautifully unique it was; we would definitely go again in a heartbeat. We were there for a little over a week, and drove about two-thirds of the ring road, stopping to hike and [...]
I had been craving a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pie for a few weeks; I probably walked by some back-to-school display and they got stuck in my head.
When I was a kid, my mom would pack a them in my lunch bag every once in a while as a special treat, and I remember [...]
Mike’s youngest brother has been staying with us during the summer for several years now; this year I tasked him with going through some of my cookbooks and picking recipes he wanted me to make. This year a few of the things he decided on was my homemade Garbage Plate, Apple Crumb Pie, Salmon, Quinoa, [...]
I am not really a big fan of Gin – I’m more of a bourbon/rye kind of girl. Every time I try a Gin cocktail like a Negroni or a Martini I think maybe, just maybe I’ll suddenly realize it’s delicious. But the inevitable face pucker ensues at the first tiny sip, like I just [...]
These lemon bars were so awesome and incredibly easy. There’s no zesting or juicing, you use the whole lemon, and the bars are just bursting with lemon flavor.
A lot of lemon desserts overcompensate for the tart, and overly sweet for our liking. I thought these bars however, are perfectly balanced with sweet [...]
Chocolate and banana is one of my all time favorite combinations. This buttery banana cake is studded with chocolate chips and layered with freshly whipped cream and delicious caramel.
Make sure you use really ripe bananas spotted with brown for the cake, but unblemished ripe bananas for the cake filling. I used [...]
I should probably start out by saying Mike has declared this the best tasting steak he’s ever had. Cooking directly on the coals produces a really good sear, and the salt creates a little crisp layer that is simple but perfect.
Like Alton, my favorite steak is skirt steak; it has great flavor [...]
Grilled salmon is my absolute favorite way to cook salmon. I love the smokey flavor that is imparted on the fish. However on busy weeknights when I don’t want to hassle with the charcoal grill I do a quick pan-sear. Pan-seared salmon is a ridiculously quick, super simple and incredibly delicious.
Perfect & Simple Pan-Seared Salmon [...]