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Cabbage to the Rescue

Chef Husband: “I picked up some corned beef to make Reubens. Do we have any sauerkraut in the fridge?” Mrs. Chef: “No, but we have cabbage and I can make a quick kraut!” After a year of learning at the side of my skilled and experienced husband, I can absolutely […]

Pasta 1-2-3

Part of my apprenticeship, has been learning how to run the lunch program for our son’s school. During the previous school year, I shadowed Chef Husband in the kitchen. That experience is what precisely prompted me to start learning more about how he does things as a professional chef. This […]

Baggie Bowls

I have always fought with zipper bags, trying to scoop things into them, and then having whatever wet sticky mess I was trying to put in, left behind all over the zipper and on the outside of the bag. Well no more! A little trick I learned from Chef Husband […]

How to Trim a Bread Bowl

Suddenly, I noticed the scent of garlic and clams were filling the air. Could it be? Is Chef Husband making chowder? It has been a really long time since I’ve had clam chowder. Back when we owned our last restaurant, it was an every Friday occurrence. But that was about […]

Heck of an Anniversary

This last weekend marked a big annual event for us…our wedding anniversary. It’s usually an occasion we go out of our way to celebrate, especially with food and wine. However, this year fell into the unusual category. We are currently celebrating three weeks post surgery for Chef Husband’s shoulder, which […]

Florentine Tacos

If you’re not afraid of butter and sugar…this recipe is for you. I have recently added to my skill set the ability to make and mold Florentines (almond lace cookies). On our most recent adventure, Chef Husband had the idea to take Florentines, mold them into the shape of a taco shell, […]

All in a Day’s Work

I simply couldn’t believe it, it was exactly two weeks to the day. This last Thursday, Chef Husband and I were on our way to Fall River to cater a four-day weekend retreat for a small group, about an hour and a half away from Redding. As we drove along Hwy […]

Herbs are like Flowers

How many times have we purchased herbs only to lose them to a pile of slime in a plastic bag at the bottom of the veggie drawer? With a little bit of effort and attention, those same herbs can last longer and be used more often. My task, when herbs […]

Oh, The Bunny

Pinch hitting is often the name of the game in cooking. When I determined that I was short on chocolate for my dessert, a baked chocolate mousse, I was faced with a harrowing challenge. We only had on hand a typical bag of chocolate chips, which weighs 12-oz., four ounces […]

It’s a Process, Part 4

In our long journey of paella, we are now rounding the bend, to reach our final destination! With the risotto done, everything we have been working on previously, the chicken, the onions, the peppers, the sausage, the mushrooms and all the seasonings, now go back into the pan, on top […]