Thursday, January 30, 2014

Homemade Ranch Dressing for Your Game Day Buffalo Wings!

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Excerpted from The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook by Erin Coopey I’m really picky about ranch dressing. The bottled brands just taste synthetic to me. Once you taste this tangy, herby dressing you’ll feel the same. Yield: Makes 1 1/4 cups (295 ml) Ingredients1/3 cup (77 g) sour cream or crème fraîche (see below)1/3 cup (75 g) homemade…  (Read more…)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Romesco Sauce – Blasted Vegetables Part 2

When Sarah suggested that she wanted to share her recipe for blasted vegetables, I thought it would be fun to make a sauce for them.  The vegetables are rockin’ on their own but sometimes you just want a little something extra. Adding the Romesco Sauce gives them subtle sophistication (and God knows, I’m always striving…  (Read more…)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Blasted Vegetables – Featuring this month’s Glorified Home Chef, Sarah C.

My friend, Sarah, joined me as my featured Glorified HomeChef this month. Sarah showed me how to make Blasted Vegetables. She learned the recipe from Suzzanne Myers, a registered dietitian in the Seattle. When Sarah’s oldest daughter, Kiera, was a baby they were having a hard time getting her to gain weight so Suzzanne showed…  (Read more…)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Seasonal Vegetables for Your Winter Table

I can just imagine you walking around the grocery store past anemic tomatoes, tasteless strawberries, and unripe cantaloupe thinking, “I can’t wait until Spring so I can get some ripe fruits and vegetables.” Don’t succumb to winter vegetable doldrums. You can find produce that is at it’s peak this time of year too. You just…  (Read more…)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wilted Beet Greens with Bacon and Garlic

I love beets. My husband and I often buy them. Both my local green grocer and farmers market sell beets with the tops on. I imagine that many people just lop off the stems and throw them away. The fact is that beets are a member of the chard family and their greens can be used almost interchangeably in…  (Read more…)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bubbling Over with Holiday Cheer

You say “Champagne” but you might be buying “Sparkling Wine.” So, what’s the difference? Chef Erin gives a quick overview of sparkling wine, how to open and serve it, and a recipe for a champagne cocktail. You’ve heard the old saying, “location, location, location” when it comes to real estate or business matters but how…  (Read more…)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Holiday Appetizer: Crab Stuffed Shrimp

It’s a festive time of year, so here’s an elegant dish for your next party. If you decide to offer them as part of a buffet or at a cocktail party, you can serve the sauce in a small bowl on the side so guest can serve themselves. Crab Stuffed Shrimp with Sherry Cream Sauce…  (Read more…)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homemade Holiday Gift: Jam Filled Spitzbuben Cookies

I’ve been teaching a German Cookie and Sweets class at PCC this month.  Although there are many wonderful cookie recipes, the Spitzbuben, a jam filled sandwich cookie has been the hands-down favorite. They originated in Switzerland and migrated north to Germany. I thought I’d share the recipe here with you too. Spitzbuben Makes about 30 cookies…  (Read more…)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Homemade Holiday Gift: Chocolate Dipped Caramels with Sea Salt

Looking for a great homemade holiday gift? These dark chocolate covered caramels are pine! The sea salt is key. It adds a whole new dimension of flavor and texture. Enjoy! Chocolate Dipped Caramels with Sea SaltMakes approximately 150 pieces 4 cups sugar1 1/3 cup light corn syrup1 cup water1 quart whipping cream1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature,   cut into…  (Read more…)

Monday, December 2, 2013

An Old Fashioned Christmas!

I was meeting my friend, Cathy, for a drink at Duo’s a couple weeks ago. She was running a little late so I was perusing the cocktail list. I read the description of their Old Fashioned which included orange bitters. I recently purchased some for a rum drink, so that caught my eye in the…  (Read more…)

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