Caesar Salad

This Homemade Caesar Salad is tangy, delicious and the perfect compliment to almost any meal. Time: 10 minutes Level: Easy Cost: About $4 (for the whole thing!) Serves: 4- 6 Ingredients 2 egg yolks 3-4 cloves garlic. minced 2 TSP dry ground mustard 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce Juice of 1 lemon 1 TSP anchovy paste…

Panko Crusted Chicken Cutlets

Although this recipe is already contained in a number of other recipe posts on this blog, I thought it was worth sharing by itself because making these crispy, golden cutlets opens up a world of creativity in terms of what you do with your pan sauce.  Once fried golden brown, you pop them in the…

Cajun Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

This classic Cajun stew is perfect for a cold winter’s night – or pretty much any time.  The flavor profile is totally unique; if someone were to ask “What does gumbo taste like?” the answer is “It tastes like gumbo!”  And it is totally delicious. Time: 90 minutes – 2 hours Level: Intermediate (bordering on…

10 Common Kitchen Mistakes

Number 8 was a total game changer for me.  While there are certainly many other ways to screw up in the kitchen (and I’m always finding new ones!) these are some of the most common blunders I come across when talking to people about how they cook.  I’ve been guilty of all of these at…

What is Fond?

Truth be told, I’m quite fond of fond.  But what it is? Properly pronounced, the word is fahn, which is French for “base.”  (Ask my wife and she will tell you that I butcher French pronunciations, but that’s neither here nor there.)  But that fond – that base – is that beautiful brown stuff you…

Chicken A La King

I know what you might be thinking.  For many, the thought of Chicken A La King conjures up the worst of that era of the 50s and 60s when everything came from a can.  When people couldn’t figure out what to do with leftover chicken,  they smothered it in cream with canned mushrooms – or…

Chicken Parmesan

This dish is an Italian-American classic, but is also unique because it utilizes two flavor profiles that are commonly considered opposed to one another:  Chicken and Marinara Sauce.  We usually think of Classic Marinara Sauce as a sauce that accompanies read meat – beef, sausage, meatballs.  In contrast, we usually think of chicken and seafood…

Five Reasons Why You Should Learn To Cook

Some of you may be asking this question: Why should I learn to cook? It takes time. It takes money. It means I have to go to the grocery store. It takes practice. I have so little free time in my life – why should I spend time every day, or a few days a…

Linguine con le Vongolé (Linguine with Clams)

This Italian classic is simple and delicious.  It’s easy enough for a busy weeknight and elegant enough for a special dinner for two.  It is satisfying and filling, yet light on both the wallet and the stomach.  Also, it’s guaranteed to keep the vampires away for a millennia or so.  What’s not to love? Time:…