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...]

You, yes you, can make lasagna from scratch

I was never good at chemistry. I was fine at the book work but I was absolutely hopeless in the lab. That's why I leave the baking to my wife. She's great at fine-tuning a recipe and getting it just right time after time. I'm more of a seat-of-the-pants kind of cook. Taste it along the way, come out with something I like. But don't ask me when I'm done whether it was one teaspoon of oregano or one-and-a-half. That's why this step-by-step lasagna recipe is going to have a couple of steps that … [Read more...]