Along with painting and gardening, I probably like to cook as much as anything else. Taking the time and attention to prepare meals from scratch not only results in something tastier than you'll see at most restaurants, the process itself is part of the reward, as good smells fill the kitchen. That having been said, sometimes bad food is good, too, and I might throw in the occasional recipe reflecting that. Enjoy what I put into this section, and keep in mind that you might see a cookbook of mine at some point in the future!
- Ham, bean, and kale soup This is a lively update of what's often a very stodgy classic. This is the "Mini-Cooper" of bean soups, not your dad's Buick.
- Simple Stock Hereís a simple way to improve all of your soups, stews, and braises. If you cook a whole chicken, youíre only a few moments of preparation time from making an easy homemade stock.
- Demi-glace or Reduction Sauce If you're ready to spend your weekend making this you're in for a little taste of heaven. This amount of commercially prepared demi-glace goes for about $35.
- Beef Stroganoff With winter under way, this is great comfort food.
- Lamb and lentil stew Parsnips are great with lamb and the lemon and olives provide tangy accents. This is definitely good enough for company.
- Roasted Roma tomatoes I thought Iíd try to come up with something to enhance the rocks from the store. If you have a bit of time this is actually pretty tasty.
- Risotto with shiitakes and sun-dried tomatoes Again, a great cold-weather dish. If you have small amounts of leftover veggies, stir-fry, or whatever, risotto is a great way to use them up.
- Oyster Stew I donít do a lot of high fat cooking, but firmly believe that when you do, you might as well really go for it. Remember the slogan, "Fat carries flavor." The cream and bacon give this dish a high comfort factor.