Designated Driver Cooking

All my friends know I don’t drink. All my friends also know that I love cooking. They just don’t understand why I have better liquor collections than they do. I can only explain it in cook’s terms: if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it. Like, you can’t expect great Chicken Marsala with boxContinue reading “Designated Driver Cooking”

My Grandma’s Fried Apples – With a Twist!

When you grow up in the country in North Carolina in the 70s-80s, you learn a couple things about food. You learn that fresh is ALWAYS best, and you learn that looks aren’t everything when it comes to good taste. Unless, of course, you’re a little kid to whom looks ARE everything. Especially when itContinue reading “My Grandma’s Fried Apples – With a Twist!”

Be a star…cut your own chicken!

When some of us busy adults hear things like “spatchcock” or “butterfly” a chicken, they have the following response: “Yeah, that’s all well and good, but I can just buy a whole chicken and get it out of the way, right?” In my not-really humble opinion, I disagree, and I’ll tell you why: You endContinue reading “Be a star…cut your own chicken!”

Kryptonite = Banana Bread

Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream. Okay, I said it. That was painful, but I said it. Why is that so painful? Because people like me (that cook for a living and cultivate a higher-plane palate) should not admit to having such an addiction. But I do, and I can’t help myself. The veryContinue reading “Kryptonite = Banana Bread”

Healthy BBQ Side Dishes With A Twist – Cauliflower Steak

“Whoa, Bert…slow down. You mean to tell me that cauliflower belongs in BBQ?” Absolutely, positively, YES. That’s EXACTLY what I’m telling you.  Let’s face it…cauliflower is pretty good by itself. And studies show that it’s kinda good for you.  Considering it’s 98% water (you know, that best and safest drink on the planet?)…it’s VERY goodContinue reading “Healthy BBQ Side Dishes With A Twist – Cauliflower Steak”

Cream in your…guacamole?

So, when most of us have guacamole, there is some sour cream, some chips, and some tequila nearby. And the idea is that our guacamole is expected to be creamy, right? So why do y’all look at me funny when I hit you with the sour cream and the tequila in the guac? All theContinue reading “Cream in your…guacamole?”

Jalapeño brine is your friend…ask your local chicken…

Hello all! Apparently, there is a trend sweeping the nation for “hot chicken”, jump-started by our friends in Nashville. The hotter it gets, apparently, the better it tastes. So, in the spirit thereof, I searched for an ingredient to spark the flavoring process – because it’s never too soon to start flavoring, marinade or otherwise.Continue reading “Jalapeño brine is your friend…ask your local chicken…”

From the request lines…Chicken Marsala…with a twist…

I love my followers! Every once in a while, they give me direct inspiration for dishes that they want to see on the blog- and they toss me the occasional curve ball! Example: I just got a request for stuffed chicken Marsala. Sounds exciting to me! This is going to involve copious amounts of mushrooms,Continue reading “From the request lines…Chicken Marsala…with a twist…”