With a few pantry ingredients and about five minutes of time, you can whip together a chocolate syrup that is so unbelievably good it doesn’t even deserve the same name as they store-bought kind. It’s so good, you’ll feel sorry for every poor creature out there who has never had the opportunity to taste this elixir.
A Kitchen Slicer is one item I own that I feel is indispensable. It’s not that I use it so often, it’s more of a case that nothing I have replaces it. Having one, I find myself using it for so many things.
My brilliant sister-in-law (yes, the same one who showed me how to make fresh, vibrant greens) showed me a variation on the cooking of Asparagus that blew me away. Cook asparagus standing up in the microwave in a glass of water. The bottoms are done beautifully and the tips fresh and gorgeous. They unfurl as soon as they are laid flat.
There’s Chow Mein, the authentic dish of stewed vegetables and meat served over noodles, and then there’s the Chow Mein I grew up with, beloved by Midwesterners: Chicken and Vegetables in a thick sauce, served over rice. Strange as it sounds, this dish is “comfort” food by many; a classic in the same way our Goulash is made of hamburger and macaroni and our Swedish Meatballs are served in a sour cream sauce.
I love me some Chicken Marsala. Especially the Classic Chicken Marsala. But Chicken Marsala has a dirty little secret: it sounds (and looks) all fancy but is really nothing more than a sautéed breast of chicken with a simple pan sauce.
I was first introduced to Harvest Salad at a friend’s house and immediately took to the crunch of pears and apples combined with the crisp lettuce, the chewy dried cranberries and the lovely dressing…I’ve since “remade” not only the salad but the recipe here in my home and in doing so, made it not only a bit healthier but also the most decadent Harvest Salad you’re ever likely to eat.
This is one of my go to sides when I serve Pork Chops – slightly sweet and a bit tart, it has none of the overwhelming pungency of the Red Cabbage Braises that are so popular today.