The Chef

What you all should be familiar with. Recipes, tips and stories from my past life in the kitchen, and my current life as the cook of the house.

 

Ask Not What Your Pantry Can Do For You…

Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a rice less pantry.                                     ~Chinese Proverb   Unfortunately, not my pantry 🙁 If cooking a meal was a war, the pantry would be your armory. And if you want to win that war, it has to be stocked and loaded with everything you need. Ok, maybe not everything …

Orange You Excited About This Cake?

California is a fine place to live – if you happen to be an Orange.                   ~ Fred Allen I don’t know what it is, but ever since we moved to North Carolina, I’ve had a much deeper admiration towards the seasons. It may have something to do with the fact that we’ve been here only 5 months and have already experienced 3 different climates. As oppose to …

.. Of Spices

Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.                                           ~Erma Bombeck Imagine… You’ve cooked the perfect steak. Charred on the outside, nice juicy and pink (or red if …

The Sauce

I don’t think America will have really made it until we have our own salad dressing. Until then we’re stuck behind the French, Italians, Russians and Caesarians.                                                ~Pat McNelis Ok. So we all know that recipe. If we don’t know one, we know of one. The recipe everyone wants. That thing you …

I Can Cook & So Can You!

Cookery is not chemistry. It is an art. It requires instinct and taste rather than exact measurements.                             ~Marcel Boulestin There are hundreds, if not thousands of secrets in the culinary world. If you were to lay down all of the secrets side by side, it would create a chain that could go around Earth twice. …Or something like that. These secrets …

Buckle Up.. It’s the Slaw

Welcome to the Church of the Holy Cabbage. Lettuce pray..                                                     ~Unknown Hello to the first day of Spring!! Aside from a few of those in the North, it’s been a rather mild Winter for most of us. But as of today it is officially behind us and a season full of new beginnings is set and ready to bloom. So what better way to ring in Spring than with an easy recipe for a …

Pie Hard: With a Vengeance

                   Mmmm… Pie Pants…                                      ~Homer J . Simpson Nothing is homier than a freshly baked pie. Many believe that the Ancient Greeks originated pie pastry… This has me wondering… They are also believed to be the discoverers of the mathematical constant π, or Pi, which coincidentally is 3.14. Why …

Pi r square… No, Pie r round!

When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it’s not, mmmmmmmm, boy.                                           ~Jack Handey For most, today is just a regular day. But to us geeks, today is Pi Day! Why is it Pi Day? Well, a …

So Easy to Whip Up, You Can’t Beat It

Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all unless it’s been whipped with whips. Everybody knows that.                                         ~Willy Wonka Let me guess… You buy whipped cream in an aerosol can. No? Ok, then you buy it in a tub in the freezer section. Yeah, I knew it; I could smell your kind from across the internet. I …