This powder can be found in many European cookies. As a result, you may want to make it in a large batch. It can easily be stored for up to one month in an airtight container at room Continue reading
This is not a food post. Just this once, I’ve decided to stray from the general theme of the blog.
This past Sunday marked the Fifth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall near the city of New Orleans. A few days before the anniversary, I sat down at my computer, and wrote out my thoughts on the subject. On a whim, I decided to submit the essay to several newspapers and magazines around the country. This past Sunday, the essay appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer. You can also read it in my alumni magazine.
I was so excited about its publication, that I wanted to share the article with my readers. You can click here for a link to the article as it appeared in the Enquirer, or simply read it below. Continue reading
One of the things I most admire about man, is his ability to create art – his penchant for creativity. Art is, of course, a loose term, as anyone who has visited a modern gallery knows. One man’s junk will always be another man’s treasure. A piece of art will always be undervalued to one and overpriced to another. But that’s not really the point, at least as I see it.
For me, the point is to discover what I consider to be art, to stumble upon a work and to declare it, by my fiat alone, some thing of genius. In the world of architecture, I throw that label on Santiago Calatrava, whose sweeping shapes and arcs on the Milwaukee Art Museum take the viewer from one work of art into another.
In the world of literature, I favor From Paris to the Moon, a work of non-fiction that captures Continue reading
This yogurt and cucumber sauce is a staple of Mediterranean cuisine. It can be served with pita bread, as an appetizer, or accompany falafel or meat, as part of hearty meal. To reduce the water content, tzatziki sauce is traditionally made with strained yogurt. Fortunately, most grocery stores now sell Greek-style yogurt, which is already strained, meaning you can prepare homemade tzatziki sauce Continue reading
Adding some vanilla-sugar is one of my favorite ways to spice up a recipe. Where ordinary sugar might seem dull and uninspired, the simple addition of vanilla-sugar gives any dish an extra sense of wow! Best of all, Continue reading
A simple vinaigrette requires no more than four ingredients and can be whisked up in a matter of seconds. The simple rule for a vinaigrette is vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil, with the olive oil to vinegar ratio at 2:1. A little Dijon mustard helps emulsify the combination.
But since you’re making this at home, there’s no reason to settle for simplicity. You can add diced shallots, roasted garlic, grated ginger, dried oregano, or wild honey to your vinaigrette, tailoring it to the tastes and dishes before you. A homemade vinaigrette will typically Continue reading
To make a croque monsieur – or in this case – a croque norvegien, you need to make a mornay sauce. And to make a mornay sauce, you need to trace through two of the most basic sauces: the roux and the béchamel.
Together with hollandaise, velouté, tomato sauce, and espagnole, béchamel is considered one of the five “mother sauces,” – so named, because these five sauces form Continue reading
When I made my Chinese Chicken Salad, I had to find a substitute for the peanut butter – the result of a peanut allergy. The substitution was hardly a problem; Whole Foods carried freshly ground cashew butter and almond butter in its bulk section. After sampling each, I decided to go with the almond butter. The rest of the recipe went according to plan.
After sampling the chicken salad, Caitlin suggested that I should make my own almond butter. I was skeptical. Just a few weeks earlier, I had made Almond-Stuffed Baked Apples, and after several seconds of grinding almonds, no such butter had appeared.
But sure enough, Continue reading