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.

 

Onions, Caramelization and You

If you’ve never made caramelized onions before then you’ve been missing out. It has to be the best way to have onions. …If you don’t count deep frying them. I can understand if you were intimidated and didn’t want to venture into the deep, dark, scary road that is caramelizing onions. But at the same time, I don’t understand at all! Like all things that are worth making in the kitchen, the secret behind caramelizing …

This Salad Weighs a Crou-ton

3 Doors Down – Citizen Soldiers It happened again… I made a post with garlic bread and before I knew it, I started getting urges… I thought it would pass but after a few days my hands started shaking and I couldn’t control it… …You’re getting another garlic bread post. I’m sorry! I know, it must be terrible for you. I mean, you must still be recovering from last time when I kept bombarding you …

Hard Boiled Garlic Bread

Like A Stone So we had spaghetti last night. One thing I love about spaghetti night is I get to make garlic bread. I freaking love me some garlic bread. With 2 different variations already on here, I figured why not help you put one to more use. How’s that? Well if you’re like us, you get so full on pasta, you won’t always eat all the bread – which is where this post comes in. Having leftover …

…Of Cooking with Music

Music is a powerful force. It can heal emotional scars or create them. I’ve always had a deep love and appreciation for music. Well, I used to. I was heavy into it with my finger on the pulse of all the newest albums and tracks. Not to mention the love I had for Choir singing and performing in Musical Theater, but that’s a different street on Memory Lane. Nowadays, it’s a completely different story. While …

A Pie of Ice and Fire

Happy Game of Thrones Day! What? Surprised? A food blog with no Easter recipe on Easter? The horror! I figured, every other food blog you probably check out will be doing something for Easter, so why add to the pile? Against the stream, I say! So while I celebrate Easter with my family, my blog will be here celebrating the premier of Game of Thrones’  third season which airs tonight on HBO. Sadly, I don’t …

A Toast to Spring

Alright, let me make this clear and get it out in the open before anything gets misconstrued. I’m no smoothie maker. I was never really big on the smoothie scene. I don’t have a huge, $300 blender that has its own infomercial. I’m just a dude that likes fruit. That’s it. No, I’m not converting my food blog to a smoothie blog. Until my $20 blender that I don’t even remember buying burns out and …

Not Commander Shepard’s Pi

Happy Pi Day! Hey, I still have a half hour before the day is officially over, give me a break! That’s what I get for not planning ahead. Anyway, I’d love to post about a sweet pie instead of a savory one, like I did last year with Yoder’s Peanut Butter Cream Pie. But I’ve been meaning to post this for a long time now, and what better day than today!? This isn’t a weekly …

What’s Taters, Precious?!

“What’s Taters, eh?” “PO-TAY-TOES! Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew…” Haha. Sorry… Whenever I see the word “taters” I always hear poor, little Smeagol asking what they are. I love me some mashed potatoes. And there are close to a bajillion ways to make them. Not talking proper vs improper, I’m talking all the different things you can put in them to make them different. These today are your basic garlic variety. …

Creamed KoRn

I’m not going to lie to you. I never made creamed corn before I started making shepherd’s pie. I never had any ambition to make it. I never had it growing up. My grandmother used to make a thousand things but never once do I recall her making creamed corn. When I made it the first time, my wife had to correct me on how it was supposed to taste! Fast forward to today and …