Archives for the month of: June, 2012

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For my birthday, Mark’s mom bought me Gourmet Today, a collection of over 1000 recipes from the now defunct, at least in physical form, Gourmet magazine. Both Bon Appetite and Gourmet are owned by the same company, but magazine sales and subscriptions have been decreasing everywhere. In order to cut cost, the 90 year old Gourmet was put on the chopping block.

I love Gourmet so much that I would collect old issues Read the rest of this entry »

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When I make BBQ, I’m a big fan of quick easy side dishes that I can prepare ahead of time so I can focus more on the meats. This is the first year that I finally own a grill after 4 years of not having one, so I’ve been trying a variety of dishes for the grill. One of my recent favorites are these cheese stuffed grilled peppers. They are a great little side to BBQ dishes, or they can be served as an appetizer for your guests while you finish off other dishes on the grill.

The idea came to me after finding these beautiful, cute little baby Read the rest of this entry »

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While I love to BBQ outside, there are days that are just way too hot to cook outdoors in Texas. Sometimes I just don’t feel like starting a fire after a day of work and dealing with cleaning the grill. There are also times when I’m making BBQ for a dinner party but I’ve got my attention on 5 other dishes and no time to mind a live fire. Rain, while is rare in Texas, does happen when you least expect it, and could potentially ruin your BBQ plans. Read the rest of this entry »

To go with the Tunisian style grilled chicken kebabs, I made two light and refreshing vegetarian sides, one of which is also from Susan Feniger.

I’ve always wondered what the difference between Israeli couscous and regular couscous are, Read the rest of this entry »

Summer has officially arrived in Austin. With weather averaging in the mid 90s, you must be a crazy person to want to make things even hotter by cooking via grilling outside. But that’s exactly what I have decided to do now that I’m in my 6th month with my new-ish Weber charcoal grill. I’ve determined to master the art of grilling with charcoal, and that’s why I’ve been practicing with a variety of dishes. Read the rest of this entry »

Since the creation of molecular gastronomy, I feel that there has been two types of foods being served in restaurants: food that you eat as an experience, and food that you eat because it taste good. Not to say that food that you eat as an experience is not great food, and chefs like Grant Achatz and Ferran Adria are masters at thinking outside the box and making your entire experience a cerebral amusement ride. But most people don’t want to do amusement rides everyday, and for me at least, food brings comfort, but comfort food are not the cerebral ones. April Bloomfield is one of those chefs who uses simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques to produce food that taste like home. Read the rest of this entry »

There are always many activities to be found around the town in Austin, especially during the summer. We were invited by our friends to go to a outdoor concert in Zilker Park called “Blues On the Green” this past Wednesday evening. Zilker Park is a recreational area just south of downtown Austin near Barton springs and Lady Bird Lake where thousands of people visit on weekends to hike, play frisbee, or hang out with their kids and dogs. Zilker Park is also the location for Austin City Limits music festival every September. Read the rest of this entry »

Cake Truffles are an interesting concept. They are like regular truffles, except the filling is made with cake. Cake truffles are great for people who don’t want to commit to a whole slice of cake, offering just a perfect mouthful, although you’d be hard pressed to eat just one of these little suckers. Read the rest of this entry »

This quick and easy red pepper and walnut dip is good as an appetizer; like a pesto, it can be used as a spread on sandwiches, and also added to stews as a flavor enhancer.

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When grocery shopping at Whole Foods, I saw that they had some great whole Spanish Mackerels for $6.99 a LB. A lot of recipes from Ferran Adria’s family style cookbook uses whole fish and specially Spanish Mackerel, and I had wondered when I would be able to get some so I can try his recipes. I thought whole fishes would be expensive, but one fish turned out to be exactly one pound, and my whole meal for 2 was less than $10! Imagine a Ferran Adria dish for 2 for $10…. Read the rest of this entry »