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…

Peach Caprese Salad

Do you have access to two sweet, ripe peaches, grown by a farmer within your area code? Rinse, dry, and quarter them, and then array them like a first grader’s idea of the sun on a plate. Is basil still growing in a pot on your backyard deck? No? Has the sun fried it? Can…

Cheese Soup

One box of fart bombs, please, I said, smiling at the toyshop owner. I put the small, red box emblazoned with caution tape – “MEGA STINKY! GAS MASK REQUIRED!” –  on the counter. The shopkeeper grinned back. It had been his idea, after all. And that’s it for my weak defense. I’m the one who…

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…

Sauteed Boneless Chicken Breasts

A tender, tasty, boneless chicken breast is supposed to be easy to produce in a skillet, but as a novice cook, I often served my family ones that were either tough and overcooked or rubbery and not quite done. (Ignorance can be dangerous.) I followed instructions from a variety of cookbooks, but the outcomes were…

Chicken Frijole Soup

Making this soup the other day required deboning a rotisserie chicken in front of a rapt audience of four dogs. They sat two to my left and two to my right, about 150 total pounds of canines quivering with the effort of self-control, their silent yearning palpable: Oh, please, please, drop the bird. They behaved…

BLT Sandwich, egg and arbitration optional

BLT with egg. Heaven. Scene from a marriage. Wife offers to make a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich for her husband’s lunch. He’s just back from a four-mile run and is on his way to the shower. Husband: Sure! Wife: Do you want an egg on yours? It’s really good! Husband: No, thanks. (Heads to shower.)…

Roast Beef Wraps & Turkey with Cranberries on Pumpernickel

I was hanging a big clock in the dining room today, so naturally I abandoned all my tools and got engrossed in reading cookbooks instead. I thought I’d cull a few to make room for new acquisitions. Since my children are now old enough to pay rent and regret tattoos, I thought it might be…