Archive for December, 2010

New Year’s Eve 2011
Food Stuff / Tim in the Kitchen

New Year’s Eve 2011

2011.  It’s hard to grasp. I remember as a little kid figuring how old I was going to be in the year 2000.  Not just old.  Ancient.  I couldn’t quite fathom being almost as old as my grandparents. And here it is, 11 years after that. I do know that […]

Chicken and Cranberries
Food Stuff / Tim in the Kitchen

Chicken and Cranberries

While shopping yesterday I picked up a bag of fresh cranberries.  It seems a bit late in the season for cranberries to still be so plentiful.  I don’t know if I just haven’t been paying attention or I’m noticing them more because everything else is looking so bad.  Weather in […]

Ham Steaks and Potatoes
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Ham Steaks and Potatoes

Early in my hotel career, I worked with an Executive Chef named Peter Koenig at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe.  Peter initially hired me as a cook at the gourmet restaurant Hugos Rotisserie on the lake, and then brought me up to the main hotel restaurant.   Peter was an exacting and […]

Filet Mignon Roast with Sauce Béarnaise
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Filet Mignon Roast with Sauce Béarnaise

Ah…  the joys of Gift Cards… Victor’s mom got us a gift card for Christmas so I thought I would exchange it for a ridiculously-expensive piece of meat.  A seasoned filet mignon roast.  I mean…  why not?!?  I think the whole concept of gift cards is to buy something you […]

Monday Monday
Food Stuff / Victor in the Kitchen

Monday Monday

The Blizzard of 2010 kept me indoors today.  Not that we had a blizzard at our house.  Maybe 6″ of snow.  Maybe. But it was enough to keep me from wanting to go out and deal with all the morons who like to drive like it’s mid-July.  We could have […]

Beef ‘n Biscuits
Food Stuff / Tim in the Kitchen

Beef ‘n Biscuits

It’s still snowing outside.  I don’t quite see the 8″-12″ they’re predicting, though.  Right now it looks like a bit of a bust at our house.  Bummer.  But it’s put me in winter cooking mode nonetheless. Tonight was Beef ‘n Biscuits. A simple beef stew with a biscuit topping. There’s […]

Caffe Vergnano 1882
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Caffe Vergnano 1882

The weather outside is getting frightful.  Time for a cup of coffee. But not just any ol’ coffee…  We’re having a pot of Caffe Vergnano 1882 Crystal.   From a nice half-kilo bag. Victor’s nephew, Nick,  got it for us from Eataly in NYC along with a bottle of Frantoio Lucchi […]

Lentil Soup
Food Stuff / Tim in the Kitchen

Lentil Soup

The snow has finally started to fall.  The Blizzard of 2010 has officially begun.  We have our fully-charged phones, Kindles, and battery-powered radio.  If the power goes out, we’re ready. And we’re ready in the kitchen, too.  Blizzards mean soup, right?!?  And a loaf of homemade bread. The beauty of […]

Christmas Eve 2010
Food Stuff / Holidaze

Christmas Eve 2010

‘Tis the Season! We’ve been here about 18 hours and have been eating for most of them!  If I can’t be home in San Francisco with all my family, North Jersey and Victor’s family is not a bad second. Tradition here is Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes – […]

Beef and Mushrooms
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Beef and Mushrooms

Merry Christmas Eve Eve. It’s been a pretty rough past few days.  Retail and The Holidays are nothing short of insane.  It’s good to be home. I hadn’t pulled anything out of the freezer and as I was rummaging, Victor suggested we just head down to the diner.  I decided […]

Nutella Sandwich Cookies
Food Stuff / Holidaze

Nutella Sandwich Cookies

I LOVE La Cucina Italiana Magazine.  Love it.  Where else would one find a recipe to make homemade gianduja – a nutella-like spread – and in another issue, cookies using the spread as an ingredient and as a filling? My tummy is smiling tonight! The kudos for both recipes go […]

Cuban-Style Mojo Citrus Marinade & Cooking Sauce
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Cuban-Style Mojo Citrus Marinade & Cooking Sauce

I grocery shop for Victor’s mom on Mondays.  It’s not a big deal – she’s easy to shop for – but she does have a few things she wants that can only be gotten at the local Acme. I am not crazy about Acme.  They’re a lot more expensive than […]

Trottole ai Formaggi e Gremolata di Agrumi
Food Stuff / Victor in the Kitchen

Trottole ai Formaggi e Gremolata di Agrumi

I don’t even know where to begin. I keep saying that every week it is the best one, yet, but…  really.  This may be the best one, yet! Victor has finally made his way through the Pasta Issue of La Cucina Italiana magazine.  This recipe came from the just-arrived February […]

Gianduja
Food Stuff / Holidaze

Gianduja

I think this may be the surprise dish of the holiday season.  It’s mid-December but the February issue of La Cucina Italiana magazine is already here.  And I am very glad it is!  A past issue had a recipe for Nutella Cookie Sandwiches that seemed perfect as one of our  […]

Torrone al Cioccolato
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Torrone al Cioccolato

Chocolate Torrone.  How could it be bad?  And La Cucina Italiana Magazine comes through, again, with the perfect recipe. I don’t really remember the first time I had torrone.  I know I was young and I liked the inside, but I really didn’t care for the rice paper coating.   It […]