Sous Vide Rolled Lamb Breast

Sous Vide Rolled Lamb Breast pays tribute a time when lamb was a budget cut.  Beef for the penny-pincher.   Lamb consumption in the United States is on a decades long decline.  The average twenty-first century American consume just a single pound per year.  Now my family members probably average a pound of lamb per……

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 with Sausage

Cheddar Cheese Cabbage with Sausage is an, um, experimental weeknight meal loosely inspired by a Cabbage-Cheese Chowder, a mid-70s recipe from a previous post.   The original Cabbage-Cheese Chowder recipe is a budget supper made from condensed cheddar cheese soup, cabbage, and diced baloney.  I made it on a lark, wondering why anyone would think……

Spiced California Cup Mocktail

Spiced California Cup Mocktail is a non-alcoholic adult beverage that pays tribute to a weird recipe from my cookbook collection.  The original recipe, the ominously named California Cup, comes to me courtesy of Adventures in Food, a 1970s cookbook compiled by my parents’ former congregation in Oklahoma.   California Cup is a chilled soup appetizer that……

Spiced Cranberry Shrub

Spiced Cranberry Shrub is a tart cranberry syrup with the warming spices of a winter punch.  For those unfamiliar, a shrub is a lightly fermented fruit syrup main from roughly equal amounts of fruits and vegetables, vinegar, and sugar.  They may be mixed with soda for a complex and mostly non-alcoholic alternative to bottled pop,……

California Cup Mocktail

The California Cup Mocktail is a quick, fruit-forward non-alcoholic beverage inspired by a 1970s chilled soup recipe.  The original recipe, with the unassuming name California Cup, caught my eye for its weird mix of cranberry juice and Campbell’s tomato soup. The same cookbook contains any number of savory Jell-O salads, making it one of the less……