Rolled Lamb Breast, Sous Vide

Lamb consumption in the United States is on a decades long decline, with the average American consuming just a single pound per year.  Now my family members probably average a pound of lamb per month, and I imagine that many of my Middle Eastern and Indian neighbors do the same.  When Americans do eat lamb……

Braised Greens with Paneer

Braised Greens with Paneer is a recipe born of necessity.  If I’m up early on a weekend morning I’ll take a trip out to the specialty butcher for inspiration for Sunday dinner, and then get the rest of the meal at the farm stand up the road.   On this particular weekend I had picked up……

Weeknight Fried Chicken Tenderloins, Sous Vide

There are few things on this earth better than chicken fresh out of the fryer.  And while I wouldn’t go so far as to say that frying chicken at home is difficult, it can be time consuming and a little bit touchy.  When I first set out to make grandma’s fried chicken at home I……

Grandma’s Cheesecake with Chocolate Sour Cream

I spend a lot of time reading cookbooks from communities and churches that I’ve never seen written by people that I never knew.  I’ll do some basic internet research to learn about the community and what it must have been like way back when, but it’s rarely possible to connect the dots completely.  Food can……

Cheddar Cheese Cabbage and Sausage

In a previous post I braved the weirdness of Cabbage-Cheese Chowder, a weeknight soup from a mid-70s recipe collection made from condensed cheddar cheese soup, cabbage, and diced baloney.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It’s hardly some hidden culinary masterpiece, but the cheddar soup and cabbage pair pretty well together.  The baloney is still baloney, but……

Spiced Cranberry Shrub

A “shrub” is a vinegary fruit syrup, made from roughly equal amounts of fruits, vinegar, and sugar.  Mixed with soda they offer a complex and (usually) non-alcoholic alternative to bottled pop, or can be used as a mixer in more adult beverages.   The basic formula is crazy simple and the variants are endless. Spiced Cranberry……

California Cup Mocktail

The California Cup Mocktail is a quick, fruit-forward non-alcoholic beverage inspired by this weirdly alluring vintage chilled soup recipe.  Tomato juice and cranberry juice pair surprisingly well, and I’ve added some citrus to increase the depth of flavor.   The original California Cup recipe is decidedly a summer affair, but the citrus makes this an autumn……