Stir Fried Swiss Chard

Sep 18, 08 Stir Fried Swiss Chard

Posted by in Side dish

Stir fried swiss chard was an improvisation – I had a big bunch of Swiss Chard in my CSA box, along with some garlic, and I had a chinese themed meal planned.  Voila!  Since I have my stir fry technique internalized, this was a quick side dish that I put together while I was making my chinese barbecued pork. *I wish...

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Grand Unified Stir Fry Theory (aka: Stir Fry, basic technique)

Sep 15, 08 Grand Unified Stir Fry Theory (aka: Stir Fry, basic technique)

Posted by in Basic technique, Side dish

This is the basic technique I use for weeknight stir frying – meat, vegetables, or (preferably) both together as a one skillet meal.*  As I’ve mentioned before – anything that goes well with basic white rice is a recipe I use a lot. *Right now, the kids make me cook the meat and the vegetables separately; I...

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Chinese BBQ Boneless Ribs

Sep 10, 08 Chinese BBQ Boneless Ribs

Posted by in Grilling, Sunday dinner

Pork shoulder (aka Boston Butt, or Pork Butt**) is one of my favorite cuts of meat. I’m particularly fond of using it as “ribs” – which are sold in my local grocery store as “western ribs”, but are really just 2″ thick slices of pork shoulder roast. They cost a LOT less than real ribs do...

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Sep 06, 08 Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Posted by in Appetizers and Drinks, Grilling

When I am asked to bring an appetizer, this is usually the first thing I think of.* Other than roasting the peppers, it’s “dump and process”. I like that when I’m rushing around, getting ready to go to someone’s house! *OK, the second thing. The first thing is a cheese plate with some good blue cheese,...

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Basic White Rice

Sep 04, 08 Basic White Rice

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This is, by far, the side dish I make most often.  Why?  Because The Kids will eat it.  Always.  I think they’d be happy if this was all I ever made for them.  “White rice?  Just plain white rice this time, right, Dad?”* *Translation: No funny stuff, right?  You’re not...

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On the importance of basic techniques

Sep 02, 08 On the importance of basic techniques

Posted by in Ramblings

How did I get here? In 1999, I decided I was going to cook dinner every night.  I don’t exactly remember what prompted this; it was a gradual thing, my interest in cooking. It started with wine.  Diane came back from a trip to Europe with her sister, Jackie, and said “you know, they have a glass of wine with...

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Grill Roasted Chicken Wings

Sep 02, 08 Grill Roasted Chicken Wings

Posted by in Grilling, Sunday dinner

Here’s my recipe for grill-roasted chicken wings.  It’s healthier than deep-fried*, and I think the crispy/smoky taste of these wings is better than deep fried.  Diane is a chicken wing fiend.  Whenever I roast a chicken, she goes straight for the wings.  Needless to say, she gets excited when she finds out this recipe...

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