Classic Pesto

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 2 hand-fulls of fresh basil (home grown preferable); 1 hand-full of fresh flat-leaf parsley (home grown preferable); 3 large garlic cloves; 1/4 cup pine nuts; 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese; 2/3 cup olive oil; Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Method: Combine the herbs, garlic, pine nuts, and half of theContinue reading “Classic Pesto”

Fennel-Brined Chicken with Lemon and Black Pepper Glaze

#RecipeUpTop: 4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (home butchered preferred); For the brine: 50 to 100 grams salt 50 to 100 grams sugar Fennel seed (to taste) Coriander seed (to taste) For the glaze: 1 lemon (juice and zest) 1/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup water 2 TBS sugar Fresh cracked black pepper (to taste) SaltContinue reading “Fennel-Brined Chicken with Lemon and Black Pepper Glaze”

A Sauce of One’s Own

If there’s one grocery store item I deeply despise, it’s pre-canned tomato sauce. Actually, there are a lot of grocery store items I despise, but they almost always follow the same pattern: simple, basic things that have been over-processed, over-priced, and sold as completely impossible or impractical to make at home. And, frankly, the worstContinue reading “A Sauce of One’s Own”

Dad’s Special Potato Salad

#RecipeUpTop (Details below): Six large Maine potatoes (or a dozen small red); Four rashers of bacon; 1/4 large red onion; 1/2 cup cider vinegar; 1/2 cup sour cream; 1/4 cup deli-style mustard; 1/4 cup mayo; Salt (to taste) Parsley flakes (to taste); Mustard seeds (to taste); Method: Cut the potatoes into bite-sized pieces, toss withContinue reading “Dad’s Special Potato Salad”

The Pull of Pork

My first serious food obsession was authentic BBQ. And, for someone who (at the time) could barely open a can or boil water, it was a hell of a place to jump into cooking. In baking, a novice can be guided by precise measurements, controlled temperatures in an oven, and any other number of quantifiableContinue reading “The Pull of Pork”

The Classic

No #RecipeUpTop for this one because, well, it’s a cheeseburger. It’s not that complicated, and it’s not really a recipe. It’s more akin to our discussion about steak; some tips and tricks, some things to avoid, and some personal pet peeves. As I’ve mentioned before, we generally only buy two cuts of beef: whole ribeyeContinue reading “The Classic”

Spring Carrot and Ginger Soup

#RecipeUpTop (details below): Four (4) large carrots; One (1) tablespoon minced fresh ginger; One (1) rib of celery; One (1) medium yellow onion; One (1) quart of chicken stock, or water; Salt (to taste); Black pepper (to taste); Sugar (to taste): Method: Sweat the celery and onion, then add the carrots and ginger and coverContinue reading “Spring Carrot and Ginger Soup”

Split Pea Soup

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 1 ham bone or smoked ham hock; 1 bag of dried split peas (16oz); 1 yellow onion; 1 celery rib; 1 large carrot; Water (to cover); Salt (to taste); Pepper (to taste); Method: Dice the mirepoix, and add to a large soup pot with the ham bone and split peas, then coverContinue reading “Split Pea Soup”

Cozy Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread

#RecipeUpTop (details below): 500 grams bread flour; 300 grams water; 50 grams sugar; 50 grams vegetable oil; 50 grams raisins; 1 large egg; 10 grams salt; 5 grams yeast; Extra veg oil, cinnamon, and sugar for sprinkling Method: Combine the ingredients (except the raisins) and mix until sticky. Add the raisins, and turn out ontoContinue reading “Cozy Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread”