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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 […]

It’s a Process, Part 3

Meanwhile, after finishing the aioli, I am on to my next task as sous chef, making a quick chicken stock. When you don’t have hours to make a stock (and who does), what do you do? You grab a bottle of Knorr® Professional Liquid Concentrated Chicken Base, and add it to […]

It’s a Process, Part 2

On to our next ingredients. We have some lovely shrimp, that still have their shells ON, but have been deveined (intestinal tract removed). Why are the shells still on? Flavor. Bones and shells have tons of flavor, which is why they are great for making stock. Also, the shells allow them […]

It’s a Process, Part 1

Although I may not be in front of the stove for our next adventure, I am in full swing as sous chef for our dinner. Our little band of six, known to ourselves as “wine group”, have gathered for the evening, but I can no longer truly say we’re about […]

Blistering Heat

What do you do with a 2 lb box of mixed cherry and grape tomatoes? Well, you can eat them raw, or garnish (several) salads with them…or you can cook them in butter! Just like bacon, everything tastes better with butter. So, we’re gonna pop these little puppies in a […]

Cheap Dinner Date

Chef Husband, “Any ideas for dinner?” Me: “Nope.” Chef Husband: (half) jokingly, “Hey, I think there’s a can of SPAM in the cabinet.” Guess what I went looking for…  With a challenge before me, to overcome and elevate a less than desirable product, my first instinct was to treat this […]

Bye Bye Spatula

Long, long ago, in a kitchen not far away… I would automatically reach for the spatula.  But my Jedi Master (Chef Husband) would teach me to not solely rely upon my customary utensil of choice, but to instead trust in my skills for moving the food that was sizzling in […]