Chili-cheese fries cooked in beef tallow

Fries used to be cooked in beef tallow. They were crispy golden pieces of goodness. Restaurants liked tallow because they could use the same tallow for a month as long as they didn't burn anything and they kept it clean. Then the food police decided frying in beef tallow was bad for us. Ask them for the medical studies proving any connection between animal fats and heart disease and all they have is a study where they force-fed rabbits -- vegetarians without the ability to process animal fats … [Read more...]

Turkey soup, Take 2

The last time I made turkey soup I totally spoiled my kids for ever giving them canned soup again. This time I think I've ruined myself. I knew I wanted to get some turkey or chicken thighs, since I much prefer dark meat for soup. Actually I prefer it for just about everything. All I could find on short notice was bone-in. I didn't think that would matter. (Remember this line -- it comes back to bite me in the end.) This would be the first time I did turkey soup that didn't start from … [Read more...]

Pasta carbonara

Depending on who you talk to, carbonara may have eggs, cream, mushrooms, peas, garlic, pepper, and any of a half-dozen different kinds of cheese as the "proper" ingredients. I'm not a purist about it. I just care how it tastes. Oh, and "easy to make with what I already have" is pretty good, too. … [Read more...]

Rib steak with broiled asparagus and broccoli

You might think after three days of eating prime rib I'd be a little tired of it for a while. If so, you'd be wrong. Maybe if I had gone four days straight then I'd have gotten tired of it. I guess I'll have to try it sometime and see. Until then, I'm going to keep enjoying days like this past Saturday. I took the girls to the West Side Market, had some lunch on the balcony, and picked up a rib steak and some veggies for dinner. … [Read more...]

Fettucini Alfredo

Here's a tip for any single folks trying to impress a date: Invite them over for dinner and whip up a killer Alfredo sauce from scratch while they're sipping a glass of wine. Pull this one off and you won't have to be good at anything else for at least a week. The best part is it's probably one of the easiest things you can make.1 … [Read more...]