Way, way back during my early years as a student at the University of Washington who catered dinners and parties, one of my occasional clients in Seattle employed a Chinese chef named Mon Chin. They took him along when they seasonally or otherwise left for a portion of the year at their residences in Huntington … More Mon Chin’s Baked Salmon
I decided to make a half-complicated dinner for my daughter tonight before we watch the first episode of So You Think You Can Dance (wherein the top selected dancers compete with expertly choreographed pieces.) Monday night dinner and dancing where other folks do the dancing works for me. Kedgeree was my choice because the little … More Kedgeree with Smoked Salmon
When I expect to be very busy and there’s bits of this and that needing use for meals, it’s time for a pan of What’s-in-the-cupboard gratin. Today it’s two potatoes, a packet of Trader Joe’s tamales, some French-fried onion rings and small amounts of two cheeses. My week will mostly be spent with the intensive … More What’s-in-the-cupboard Gratin
My daughter is briefly visiting from London (while also working from 6 AM to 5 PM because her employer abroad is American, so two different time zones) and high on her list of favored dishes is my lower-fat version of the famous eggplant Parmesan. How lower in fat? I skip the egg-dipping, breading and frying … More Mock Eggplant Parmesan: don’t mock it.
Baked on the bottom shelf at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes, maybe 1 minute long for some people. I like crispy crust, not doughy underneath the goodies, and I like the veggies to caramelize. It was m-mm. It’s now my favorite homemade pizza.
Exposed to yet another type of flu as I provided a lunches, hot tea, a warm space and the “facilities” to people, including sick ones, involved in clearing out maybe half of the landlord’s hoarded filth here, I decided to arm my immune system with … soup! I roasted some vegetables, made some veggie broth, … More Roast Vegetable Soup & Matzo Balls
Leftover roasted potato and vegetables, the other half a jar of Trader Joe’s Masala Simmering Sauce, a quart of chicken broth, a can of mixed beans and mini spiced matzo dumplings* made with the resultant soup’s broth was a soup the first night and a stew tonight. Oh boy. There’s going to be a next … More Vegetable Masala Matzo Soup/Stew
A special visitor from London was hungry for home-cooking and home atmosphere on a jam-packed business itinerary at our local, gigantic online retailer of everything imaginable to humans, animals and robots. It featured meetings including business breakfasts, networking lunches and evening dinners/drinks with more business people. I asked my daughter to find out what our … More Chipotle Beef Shepherd’s Pie with Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce
I love a potluck because it’s fun to make something for a crowd once in awhile as well as dig into something special made by other cooks (and chefs.) Seattle has block parties once a year for Neighborhood Watch and my block participates. New residents and people who’ve lived here longer take the opportunity to … More Seattle Night Out: Block Party Potluck with Spicy Eggplant Parm Dip, Rustic Garlic Bread and Blackberry Ice Cream
Frittatas are popular here because they provide dinner, leftovers and, usually, breakfast the next day. This one had three baking-size russets, caramelized and raw onion, a whole can of the fire-roasted roasted green chilis stirred into the five eggs, cubed pepper jack cheese pushed into the seasoned hot potato and onion mix here and there … More Green Chili n Pepper Jack Frittata