Some things need to be cooked over charcoal: beef steaks, pork ribs and lamb chops to name my favorites.
We eat lamb in the winter, too, but I don’t bother to buy lamb chops. I get meat that is more suitable for braising or roasting…. … Continue reading.....
Braised chicken with tarragon is a classic French dish.
But braised chicken is winter cooking.
This is summer; we don’t braise in the summer.
I do have an abundance of tarragon, though.
I love tucking things under the skin of chicken before grilling. It lets … Continue reading.....
Did you hear about the agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac? He was awake all night pondering the existence of dog.
More about that later…..
First, another fish dish that mon mari likes, er, will eat.
If you get sushi-grade tuna you will definitely want to have this … Continue reading.....
Lots of serious grill aficianados think of steak, particularly, a big, thick T-Bone, as the ultimate summer dinner.
When we first moved to France we just assumed that the preference was for thin steaks as we never saw one more than 1/2" thick… … Continue reading.....
Everyone has a favorite barbecue sauce.
This is mine.
Even when I lived in the US, with all of the bottled sauces available, I made my own.
The recipe has changed over the years, based on taste and availability of ingredients.
And it varies depending … Continue reading.....
I'm bored with summer cooking.
Salad season is over and the vegetable garden is dying back…. much like my creative impulses.
Summer cooking no longer produces photogenic foods.
It's either a marinade or a rub; there may or may not be a sauce and that's … Continue reading.....
We have a proper balcony!
And mon mari thinks it will also work as a good spot for the lawn tractor.
It doesn’t have a railing, so no puppies at the moment. Bonnie rolled off the step during her nap the other day…. Poor thing … Continue reading.....
A long time ago, in a place far, far away, I was married for a very short time.
My first inkling that the union was doomed was when we had a fight about me putting rice in the meatballs (known as Porcupine Balls – very … Continue reading.....
I’m a ‘hands-on’ kind of cook.
My favorite kitchen appliance is a sharp knife.
As I may have mentioned one or fifty times, I don’t use a lot of electrical kitchen gadgets.
Oh I like them; I want them; I even own a few.
They … Continue reading.....
After such an intense, busy month it's hard to settle into normal life again.
Not that it will be normal any time soon…. As I sat down to type this, two 10lb puppies came racing down the hall to remind me that it's … Continue reading.....