Home Cooking 2024

Dry Brine Is the Best Way to Brine Meat, Poultry, & More good article for reference.

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Low effort dinner - oven roasted vegetables with sausages. Potatoes, carrots, onions and cherry tomatoes are roasted in the oven with thyme, aceto balsamico, honey and oil. Sausage are briefly seared in a pan before added to the vegetables for the second half of the 40 minutes of roasting.

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Ausgzeichnet.

Danke schoen !

Bitte schoen!

Made French toast with brioche for breakfast…and had a fair amount of custard left but no sliced bread.

Cut up some old baguettes and bread pudding for dessert or random snacking.

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Chili with ground beef, black beans, corn, red pepper, chipotle in adobo, scallion, cilantro, diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano - served with rice and sour cream

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WFH brunch

Soft scrambled eggs with scallions and a simple side salad and toast

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I think that’s going to be my dinner tonite since I lost any meat in my fridge due to the power outage yesterday and don’t have time to go grocery shopping mid-week. It’s looking like eggs, pasta, tuna, veggies and salad for the immediate future… I suppose I could call in for some meal delivery, but I just got a lecture yesterday from my doc about my blood pressure and all of the yummy foods she doesn’t want me to eat any longer… sigh

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So sorry for a week of no fun.

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yeah, thx— the scrambled eggs n salad dinner was not so bad for night #1. Thankfully I made some beef bourguignon a couple of weeks ago and have batches for one in the freezer (all the freezer stuff stayed frozen thankfully) along with some mushroom/barley soup. So hitting up the beef stew with mashed potatoes for the next couple of days… maybe there will be a bit of food fun after all!

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Moroccan inspired red lentil soup with celery, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, raz al hanout, cumin, coriander, chicken broth and cilantro. Served with fried onion made with jalapeño, cinnamon and lemon juice. Finished with some Greek yogurt

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Maybe this should go in FTC Confessions. I was feeling lazy last night, but not lazy enough to order in and subject DD drivers to the weather. My first fried rice in forever. Just some leftover breakfast sausage, eggs, and day-old rice. I added a little soy, fish sauce, and chili crisp. Quite good, actually, and reminded me how easy fried rice is and how much better it usually is at home.

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UR Fuiyoh

Bonkers home cooking project for anyone brave enough to give it a go:

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My friend made us beef noodle soup and pork buns for New Years. Other friend made kimbap. I brought wine and egg tarts/cheesecake from Paderia.

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I was saving this to watch after I got the email yesterday! Been doing a lot of “meat in crust” kinds of things over the past year and pate en croute is kind of the holy grail of that genre

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The Splendid Table cookbook has an interesting chapter around the history of ragu Bolognese with a number of different recipes. There is also an older version described as Baroque Ragu with mix of different meats - pancetta, ground pork and beef, pork sausage, chicken thighs and chicken gizzards (all of them diced), cooked together with carrot, celery, onion, garlic, tomato paste, hints of ground cloves, bay leaf, white wine, chicken broth and finished with a little bit of heavy cream. Served over fettuccine and with parmesan

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Variation on mansoor dal - red lentils cooked in water and coconut milk with onion, garlic, ginger, brown mustard seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom, turmeric, red pepper flakes. Finished with some wilted spinach and lime juice. Served with diced tomatoes and some coconut flakes.

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Picture didn’t turn out well, but I was inspired to make potatoes Anna for Valentine’s Day. Wonderful classic French dish. Definitely not health food…

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