Roasted Cauliflower in Place of Mashed Potatoes – aka ‘Fauxtatoes’

If you want mashed potatoes but you're eating low carb (which I am, during the week) or if you just don't have any potatoes handy, you can use cauliflower instead and get a very similar side dish. It's also great in recipes that include mashed potatoes as an ingredient -- like Colcannon or Shepherd's Pie. … [Read more...]

How To Make Clarified Turkey Broth

You don't have to clarify your turkey broth. It will still make a delicious soup if it's cloudy. But clarified ... now this opens up some new possibilities. The technique I'm using is ice filtration, which I first saw on Kok Robin. You might also want to check out From Cook To Chef for some of the science behind why it works. Or just read on for the how-to. … [Read more...]

HowTo Make Josh’s Bacon Burgers

Get to know your local butcher. You might discover great stuff like the bacon burgers in this video. And if you don't find it there, you can ask. Butchers are much more willing to take special orders than the meat counter at a supermarket chain. If you're near Euclid, stop in and say Drew sent you. … [Read more...]

How To Make Chicken with Lemon and White Wine Sauce

I mentioned yesterday a selection of Holland House vinegars and cooking wines I got from Mizkan. One of them is a white cooking wine with lemon flavor, which reminded me of the chicken saltimbocca at Buca di Beppo. This is a simplified version, made with what I had on hand. Wait ... not true. I picked up some capers while I was out. But if I didn't have them, this would still have been great. … [Read more...]

How To Make Roast Squash

There have been years that I loaded up on sides so much that there was no room on my plate for the Thanksgiving turkey. You can give me corn, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce and call it a meal. But variety is good, too. I've had green bean casserole, rice, mac and cheese ... none of which they would have had at the first Thanksgiving. According to historians, what they would have had is squash, probably cooked just about exactly like this. … [Read more...]