If you have friends or family coming over for an unexpected Sunday dinner at your house, don’t be alarmed. You may already have what you need and have to look no further than your front porch. I couldn’t bear to just let the beautiful green Hokkaido pumpkin go to waste that we brought home from Rennick’s Family… Read More Sunday Dinner, Porch to Table | Roasted Pumpkin with Italian Sausage
There’s been something appealing about trying difficult recipes lately. Some days – well let’s be honest, a lot of days – all I want to cook is something familiar and easy (i.e., Japanese noodles and salmon). And tonight’s recipe seemed, at first, to fit into the difficult category. Although, as it turned out, it wasn’t hard, just slightly… Read More Butternut Squash “Pasta” and Stuffed Squab
Sunday I (well, mostly Cherub) gathered some locally-grown pumpkins and squashes at a nearby u-pick farm. Since nearly everyone has a gourd or two lying around this time of year, I thought I’d give you some ideas about how you might use them. One minute they’re seasonal decorations on your front porch and the next you’re serving them to… Read More Party Snack: Posh Squash
Because we had a lovely filling lunch at Skillet, I couldn’t exactly bring myself to make a full on dinner. Which was fine by everyone. So for a quick, satisfying meal, I made the old fall standby, butternut squash soup. It doesn’t have to be filled to the brim with cream, it can be rich and… Read More Simple Supper
Poseidon is somewhat of a world traveler. After spending some time in Slovenia, he brought back with him a delightful way to incorporate turkey into a weekly menu. He first came across this dish at the restaurant Julija on Ljublijana’s Main Square. It’s a very typical and traditional Slovene dish, but with Italian notes (after all,… Read More Thursday Night Turkey, via Slovenia
It was Beethoven who said that “when the ideas are good, the elaboration is not of such great importance.” I think this attitude is equally important in the kitchen. Take last night’s dinner, for example steak and potatoes.
As I said in my first post, you won’t find earth shatteringly new ways to cook here, just tasty ones. The skirt steak was marinated very simply in olive oil and salt. Why? We were out of pepper and I was too lazy to shop for some. (But I will shop for some tomorrow at the new North Market Spices.)… Read More Autumn Prelude – Steak and Potatoes