Refrigerator Pickled Salad (Bread and Butter Style) | Make Ahead Mondays

  I have this friend, Meseidy, who has a fabulous blog; The Noshery. Meseidy can do it all. She is a chef, a decorator, a great conversationalist and an extremely talented folder of sheets. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP66IMO_fJ0[/youtube] I am not kidding you when I tell you that I never successfully folded a fitted sheet before Meseidy taught [Read On]

Dijon Cheddar Scallion Puffs (Gougères) | Make Ahead Mondays

Nicolas Sarkozy has banned cheese from the Elysée Palace? Woah. That, my friends, is trés, trés scandalous. The French meal -such as is my experience with it- revolves around the cheese course. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin -the French gastronome extraordinaire- is widely quoted as saying, “A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman who is missing [Read On]

Roasted Red Pepper Spread | Gardener’s Delight Eggs

And POOF! Just like that, summer was gone. I am fully aware that it is still technically summer but the tell tale signs are all around us: breath is foggy in the morning, cozy socks are back at the front of the sock drawer, scarves and jackets are shaken out of storage, and the produce [Read On]

Strawberry Balsamic Thyme Freezer Jam

When I was small, my mom made strawberry freezer jam every year during Michigan’s brief and glorious strawberry season. It was my mom’s thing: her annual food preservation pièce de résistance. She scattered packets and boxes of pectin thither and yon, she mashed berries with the bottoms of drinking glasses, her potato masher, and anything [Read On]

Pickled Ginger (Gari)

I love sushi. I love it so much. I love everything about it. The fish, the rice, the nori, the little wad of wasabi, but as much as I love all of that, I love the pickled ginger, or gari, even more. Oh, pickled ginger, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. [Read On]

Bacon Jam (a.k.a. Oooh-Mommy! Jam)

You know food is going to make you happy when it smiles at you.  (Probably could’ve made a buck selling a smiling egg yolk on eBay, but honey?  There was no way I was walking away from this breakfast.  And even if I did, there were twelve people waiting to take over the job for [Read On]

How to Render Duck Fat and Make Duck Cracklins

“Duck fat!  Hoo ha ha!…*” *Like Shark Bait, Hoo Ha ha! from ‘Finding Nemo’. “crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! crackLINS! Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck. NO GOOSE!”  went the chant from my children who  -just two hours before- were making wet gaggy noises while watching me break down a duck into breasts, leg and thigh portions and [Read On]

Ham and Swiss with Caramelized Onion on Rye Pizza

Here we are in Challenge #5 in Project Food Blog from foodbuzz.com!  Thank you all many times over for the support you’ve given me in the comments here, via email, and on the Foodie With Family Facebook fan page. (That’s an awful lot of effs.) The competition has been more fun than I ever expected [Read On]