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Ready? Set? Create!

Unlike baking, in my opinion, cooking is a blank slate, free from scrutiny, judgment or limitation. Each week, Chip and I make a pizza from limitless possibilities. We have used duck, eggs, peaches, pears, and probably over 2 dozen different types of cheese. Chip is having hand surgery on Monday, so this is our swan song pizza night for a while anyway. This jump started my mind into thoughts of other dinner possibilities for the weekends. I have quite an…

Bread. Say no more.

It is safe to say that the human race, on the whole, is obsessed with bread. From the 1987 hit movie, Moonstruck, staring Nicholas Cage and Cher, comes a great quote about bread: Ronny Cammareri: “They say bread is life. And I bake bread, bread, *bread*. And I sweat and shovel this stinkin' dough in and out of this hot hole in the wall, and I should be *so* happy! Huh, sweetie?” Is bread life? When you don’t feel well,…

Pomegranate Molasses:  Is there such a thing?

Yes, there is, and it is spectacular. On this beautiful fall Halloween afternoon, I want to share this recipe and the various ways you can use it. It is quite fitting for Halloween as the color is a syrupy, deep red. See below for some suggested uses. What you need: 4 cups pomegranate juice- get the good stuff 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice Zest of a fresh lemon, maybe a teaspoon or so What to do:…

Easy Shrimp Scampi for Amelia and the Roomies

To my darling, sous chef, and novice cook, Amelia. Here is a super easy Shrimp Scampi recipe.  In order to be successful, however, you must attempt to utilize all these ingredients, or, as you found out, you will be left with a pot of butter and shrimp. While not terrible, it is not Shrimp Scampi. Your Italian heritage is there, buried somewhere under chicken wings, pizza, Ben & Jerry’s and other college type foods. Get in touch with your inner…

Cooking with Saffron- Saffron Cream Sauce Over Sole

Many cooks shy away from using Saffron. An expensive spice, but well worth the outlay for a special occasion dinner. Saffron comes from the flower of crocus sativus, but is commonly referred to as the saffron crocus.  The threads are dried and very delicate to the touch.  I assume harvesting is labor intensive and extremely time consuming, hence the price that accompanies it. It is commonly sold in small glass tubes and a little goes a long way. Just over…