Saturday, October 12, 2013

Farmer's Market Haul!

 Went to pick up our CSA box at Funkytonk Farmer's Market this morning, and pimp out some sourdough bread. With the sale/barter of bread, all this was picked up for about $40. All organic, the meat is free range as well.

Friday, October 11, 2013

 Having joined a CSA, I have been way too busy creating food porn to post about it, but I will try to be better about that, as I have some pretty spectacular things coming out of the kitchen right now.

More to follow soon!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Nanner time!

 What to do with a giant $2.00 banana bag? Nanner chips! Nothing but bananas, sliced and dehydrated.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There's always time for cake

 A break from bakery remodeling to make a birthday cake for a friend. I'll be doing another for someone different later this week. Busy days!


 Devil's Food with Capt. Morgan's Black chocolate buttercream. Outstanding!
 



Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Relaxation Risotto

So how many people do you know think that making risotto is a good way to relax on a Sunday afternoon?



 Mushroom Brown Rice Risotto. 
 
 
 

 I had some homemade chicken broth, and several partial bags of rice that needed to be used up, so it seemed like a good recipe for it. Throw in some onions and baby Portabellas, stir constantly for 45 minutes, while adding broth a ladle at a time and you've got risotto. Top with some fresh grated Parmesan, and feed to the hungry household. It was a hit with everyone, definitely a keeper.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A terrible confession....

 I have a confession. I have a problem. A liking, a fondness, even maybe an addiction, of sorts. Is it drugs, you ask? No, I'm too old, did all my drugs in my youth like you are supposed to. Alcohol? Nah, I seldom drink, maybe 3-4 times a year. Sex? Well, maybe, but no, not that either.

So what is it, you are asking yourself? What is this horrible secret I have carried for years and years? What is this thing, this monkey on my back, that I am finally willing to face, and put out there for all to see?

 
The faint at heart, look away now............








.....the horror, the horror.......
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mashed potatoes. Specifically, INSTANT mashed potatoes. Any kind, most any flavor. Expensive, cheap, doesn't matter, as long as it is instant potatoes.


 So what's the big deal? Well, I'm a chef, and I am also a supporter of non-GMO crops and Slow Food. And I have this horrible addiction to a plastic-like food substance.

I love them. I love them so much, that if I have a box, I will eat them every day, sometimes every meal, until they are gone. Breakfast, lunch and supper. Instant mashed potatoes. The Devil. Evil, evil stuff. How I love it. The ease of slapping some potato powder, milk, water and a little butter into a big Pyrex measuring cup, and nuking for 2 minutes. The wallpaper paste texture. The patently artificial taste. I love it all.

 My favorite meal is a mound of instant potatoes, some sort of veg, like peas or corn, layered with shredded BBQ meat of some sort. Maybe a little cheese if I feel like it that day/meal. Quick, easy and oh-so good!

 So you are sitting there thinking, 'So make some mashed potatoes, what's the big deal?' The hassle. The peeling, the chopping, the cooking. All of it. When I'm in the middle of a busy day at the bakery, this fast food abomination takes little time to fix, not too much longer to eat, and I can be on with my day. Yes, I know they are bad for me. But I still love them, and I will most likely continue eating them until I can't eat them any longer. Pray for me.

 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Radish Chips!

 We are trying to incorporate more veggies and fruits into our diet again. We got really meat/starch heavy for awhile, so I have been buying more vegetables. One of the things I bought is radishes. I used to grow them, they are super easy, and you can harvest a crop every 3 months year-round here. So I'd like to grow them again, but I needed something to do with them besides slicing them up and putting them on a salad. Roasting them turned out really good, very mild and turnip-y. I found this recipe and thought I would give it a try. Here's the results:

 
 The smaller chips in the front are radish, the larger ones are red potatoes. Slicing was a breeze with my mandolin slicer, I dredged them in olive oil, and sprinkled the chips with sea salt and pepper. The potatoes came out perfect, crispy and salty, with a bite of fresh ground black pepper. The radishes were good, a bit more spicy due to the radishes themselves, but they shrunk really bad, and since they have to be turned halfway through the baking, they are way more labor intensive than I have the patience for on a regular basis.

 All in all, the experiment was a success, I would give radish chips a C+, and the potato chips an A-, as they were easier to handle.