Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

Milk Street – Tuesday Nights Cookbook

Monday, February 18th, 2019

I am a cook.

This is a sentence I have never typed before about myself. Feels good. It has been a long time coming as they say. I didn’t catch the “cooking fever” until my late 40s. Now at 53, I find myself perusing the new releases of cookbooks as much as my beloved autobiographies and historical fiction.

A few weeks ago, Em and I, decided to pick a cookbook and work our way thru it together. Well ok, maybe not all the way thru it. We are both creative people and I highly doubt we could stick to one book for it’s entirety.

So we each complied our own Top Five list and compared. Immediately one book stood out, basically because it was on both of our lists.

Milk Street Tuesday Nights by Christopher Kimball

We take familiar ingredients such as ground beef and spice them up, add garam masala , ginger and garlic and you have keema mater. We dress pasta simply, but boldly, with ricotta and sage, for example.

Introduction of Milk Street Tuesday Nights

Two copies were immediately purchased.

If you flip thro these pages you will notice two things: simplicity and big flavors. That is how you get supper on the table quickly on Tuesday nights while also delivering great food.

Introduction of Milk Street Tuesday Nights

This is a BIG cookbook. At a smidge over 400 pages and well over 150 recipes (I stopped counting by chapter 5 of 9 in the book) it will be a book we may not cook our way thru entirely together but it will serve us both well.

Did I mention that my Em is a wonderful cook? She obviously didn’t learn from me. Paul Sr inspired her. I told her to pick the first recipe. Our plan is to make one recipe a week “together”. Meaning any day of the week that works in either of our busy schedules works. We may not even make it on the same day. But we will discuss it on Sunday.

This weeks recipe is on page 57 under the Fast chapter.

Tuscan Soup

YUM!

I’m putting a link here and you will see a new AMAZON link box at the top of the right hand column of my blog. So many have been asking me to make a list of books I share on Facebook and other things that I have finally sat down and made this easy to access and refer back to list of links.

Ok, off to putter some more in my studio. Pictures are being taken for the next block release in the Mic’s Attic Picks series.

Watch for that this weekend!

Enjoy the day,

Baking up a storm

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

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Two years ago after some serious surgery I found myself unable to machine sew for about two months.   And while I was hangin on the couch working on the first Pieced Hexies I also felt a strange pull to the kitchen.

Now those who have known me for years know one of the great attractions to living in an urban environment for me is that there are many many MANY restaurants within in walking distance of my abode.  And they deliver.  No need to be friends with that room that the frig lives in.   Be friends with your feet and phone.  Problem solved. images

And thank goodness Paul loves to cook.  So we never starved.  (look I have burnt every breadstick I have ever tried to make in my life)

Truly I could burn boiling water.

But then I felt the call of the kitchen.   And miracles began to happen.  Edible food escaped.

And all of the sudden I was demanding asking for trips to Bed Bath and Beyond and new kitchen tools entered Chez Depre.

And then I started to bake.   Now my grandfather was a baker, owning his own bakery here on the southside of Chicago during the 40s/50s.   So I also say that these genes of mine have been infused.  I found my niche in the kitchen.

imagesFA0K1W57My recipes are super simple.  Yes I like the kitchen now but that doesn’t mean I want to be there 24/7.  I’m not a professional chef so your not going to get step my step instructions, calories (do we really want to know) etc.  A bit of “winging it” will be required.  And by all means…tweak them to your own taste buds.  Afterall that is how I made them up.

On the PDF page you will currently find the recipes for Ginger Crack, Chocolate Ginger Crack, and a newbie recipe: Salted Dark Chocolate Toffee Cookies.

I am spending today in the kitchen baking some more.  I am trying out a newly conceived recipe and if all goes well there will be a blog and new addition to the PDF page soon.

Bake On!

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p.s.  This is what Vanilla Sugar Packets look like.  This year I have bought a jar of Vanilla Sugar from Penzey Spices.  A packet weighs 1/3 of an oz.  I have a kitchen scale.  But I will probably wing it.  A little extra vanilla sugar is good for the soul.