Chicken Cutlets with Mustard-Cream Sauce

Wednesday afternoon. Last to-do: pick up some Chardonnay to serve with chicken cutlets, steamed rice, and broccoli. Kai the husky was riding shotgun, his preference any time a car door is open. Sometimes he even settles behind the steering wheel, and I have to flat out tell him he can’t drive. We had just left the…

Christmas Lights

  “What are you makin,’” the Home Depot employee said, “‘cuz I know you ain’t plumbin’.” Busted on Christmas Eve. Are there no middle-aged female plumbers in this land? Or were my mom jeans a dead give-away? I was standing in front of racks of copper pipes, juggling a five-foot length of 3/4-inch pipe between my hands,…

Snapshot(s): Halloween 2015

Last night’s Halloween was one for the record books. Five hundred ninety-six trick-or-treaters came calling, descending upon our neighborhood in hordes of super heroes, princesses, and pirates. We had just enough candy to go around. After days of endless rain, the weather turned autumnally perfect — crisp and cool, stars speckling the damp night sky…

Housekeeping

Time to tidy up around here. I’ve got some disparate thoughts, photos, and experiences to collate and/or discard. Thank you to The Minimalists. Your philosophies are slowly affecting every aspect of my life. ♦ ♦ ♦ Happy birthday, little blog. Cookbook Wall turned three years old last week. If you’re a regular reader, thanks for…

Skillet Burgers

You do know how much better homemade burgers taste if you wrap them in squares of waxed paper and let them sit for a few minutes before serving, right? Cook the seasoned beef (I like ground bison) patties in a skillet filmed with vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Turn to brown both sides. Cover with…

Food Bribes

One bag contains pasta salad, some broccoli cole slaw, & 2 chicken cutlets. The other bag contains beef tracheas, salmon skin bones, 3 tripe twists, a beef snout, & kangaroo jerky. Guess which bag got their attention? I was standing in the check-out line at a pet store yesterday, holding a case of canned dog…

Raves and Faves 26

One wall in my dining room is dedicated to a changing display of photos hung on rows of shiny, black clipboards. I print the photos on premium photo paper with a cheap but serviceable ink jet printer, and nearly all of the images were taken with my iPhone camera. What’s the use of leaving those…

86 This: Smearing Food as a Plate Element

These are all dishes enjoyed on my recent trip to San Diego. However, every one of them employed a cheffy device that I’m done with: smearing an element of the course across the plate. I would like to ban the practice because: 1) I don’t like the look of smeared food. My mind instantly goes…

Raves and Faves 25

If you love cooking, eventually you might find yourself hanging out at your local farmers market, asking farmer types if a chicken’s eggs match the color of her ears, and whether chicken ears are visible. If you’re lucky, the farmer will give you a friendly smile and an answer that satisfies your curiosity without ridiculing…

Avocado Toast

Humble avocado toast can be transcendent. Any food can, made with care, from ingredients of good quality. That’s not the emphasis contained within this restaurant industry 2015 Food & Beverage Forecast. Toast made with artisan bread as a menu item rates a diatribe this year, with special scorn reserved for avocado toast. That’s when the…