If you ask me what my favorite salad green is, I’d tell you it’s arugula. If you ask me what my second favorite salad green is, I’d say lettuce. If you ask me what kind of lettuce, I’d tell you any kind except iceberg lettuce. If you ask me what other vegetables I want in [...]

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Scrap pork tacos

Long-time readers know my penchant for making broth by simmering scrap bones with vegetables, herbs and spices. While the best are scrap ham bones (sold per kilo by ham makers Majestic and Adelina), they are not always available. Not only are the nearest outlets of both Majestic and Adelina quite far from our house, supply [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-15 03:40:28
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Dulce de leche: all you need is a pan and boiling water

Long before we came across the term dulce de leche, Speedy and I had been boiling sweetened condensed milk in its unopened can to transform the milk into a thick caramel. We’d spoon the caramel and just eat it like that. So indulgent. So delicious. This was around the time that Sam was a little [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-13 12:10:32
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Paintings, frames and easels

A few years ago, a girl friend visited her younger’s brother’s new house and told us about the ornamental mirrors on the floor. Okay, I grew up with mirrors on the wall, at eye level, so I was more than a bit surprised. I said, “…on the floor?” “Yes,” my friend said. Her sister-in-law told [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-13 08:40:37
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How we spent the weekend and a recipe for zucchini fritters

I introduced my daughter Sam to Pinterest and she now treats it as a ?menu? — she repins all the food pics that she likes (and in just a span of one week, she already has an amazing amount of posts in her “Fooodddduh” board), she shows them to me then insists that we replicate [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-13 07:30:38
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Fettuccine aglia e olio with sun-dried tomatoes

The classic Italian spaghetti aglia e olio has only three basic ingredients: pasta, olive oil and garlic. Salt is added for flavor; parsley is sprinkled for color and texture. There are only two steps in the preparation of the dish: boiling the pasta the tossing it in the olive oil in which the garlic had [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-11 11:00:35
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Iced tea mojito

You can prepare this drink in two ways — as a cocktail drink or as a non-alcoholic iced beverage. If course, the non-alcoholic version won?t be a anything similar to a mojito and you can call it anything you like. Like minted iced tea. It?s really very good. But if you feel a little naughty [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-10 05:50:24
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15-minute oversized pork burgers with creamy mushroom sauce

Need to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes? No problem. Season some ground meat, form into patties, throw into the skillet and cook until nicely browned. Cook sliced mushrooms in the same skillet, add cream and season. Spoon the creamy mushrooms over the burgers and you have a great meal. Recipe: 15-minute oversized [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-10 01:10:25
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Tofu: General Tso?s style

One of the most widely known Chinese dishes outside of Asia is General Tso?s chicken — floured bite-size chicken pieces fried until crisp then tossed in sweet-salty sauce. This is the no-meat version using silken tofu. Instead of the usual onion leaves, the saucy tofu cubes were garnished with snipped cilantro and toasted sesame seeds. [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-09 05:30:22
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Pork patty, herbs & arugula spring rolls

If a food show has a reality TV format, I skip it. It’s that simple. I prefer informative and entertaining but sans the contrived drama. Like Good Eats with Alton Brown. And Foodography. These are two of the few programs in Food Network that we still watch (Foodography actually airs via Cookingchanneltv.com but, locally, we [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-08 10:50:24
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Mocha and almond trifle

The inspiration started with a photo. The finished dessert turned out to be something else because, believe or not, it was partially made with ?failed cookies.? What failed cookies? Last Sunday, Sam saw photos of “Coraline” cookies and wanted to make them. Coraline? You know, the Neil Gaiman book about the little girl who had [...]

Posted on Home Cooking Rocks! on 2012-02-08 06:10:28

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