Blue Cheese Walnut sauce for pasta

Pasta is my daily bread, or my daily pasta. Often my go to pasta is a simple garlic and oil with some vegetables, I never tire of it. Every once in a while I go rich, decadent, caloric and worth it. This sauce is one I used to make in a restaurant and I thinkContinue reading “Blue Cheese Walnut sauce for pasta”

An Almost Perfect Burger

When I first moved to Berlin I was eating a lot more meat than I now do and asked around for who did a great burger. A friend from Bulgaria took me to The Bird, a supposedly US style burger joint. It was dreadful. A big puck of flabby tasteless meat plopped on an EnglishContinue reading “An Almost Perfect Burger”

Macaroni and cheese recipe

This is one of the easiest and most satisfying dishes you can make. Like Stone Soup, this version is made with found cheese scraps, as many or as few as you have. Begin with Bechamel It is the basis for a lot of recipes including biscuits and gravy and shit on a shingle. I wrapContinue reading “Macaroni and cheese recipe”

Bulgarian Shopsa Salad Recipe

When you can get or grow great tomatoes this summer salad is a must. When visiting Bulgaria I had it at least once a day. A video shows you my preparation but the salad is simplicity in itself. Roughly equal parts Orange or yellow pepper Fresh ripe tomatoes Cucumbers (remove seeds, keep peel) Sweet redContinue reading “Bulgarian Shopsa Salad Recipe”

Chicken Marinade Recipe

This marinade tenderizes and imparts a subtle flavor to chicken and once it has sat for 24 hours in the mix…it can be Roast, baked, grilled, fried, smoked. In each and every case it comes out moist and delicious. Mix in equal parts Hot sauce (any type or heat level you prefer, avoid Siracha asContinue reading “Chicken Marinade Recipe”

Pesto, pesto and more pesto

The Pestos of Italy are among my favorite pasta sauces. I have written about some of them before, the famous Walnut Pesto and Two others. Today I write about the art of pesto creation. Many Italians have a garden or a sunny windowsill where herbs are grown. When pesto is desired a formal recipe mayContinue reading “Pesto, pesto and more pesto”

Eggs, our best value protein

During the Depression in the US egg soup was popular for dinner. Those with the funds to eat at a breakfast counter often get either fried or poached eggs. I buy my eggs directly from a farmer so they are organic, free range, uncaged, etc….If you can I suggest you do the same. The differenceContinue reading “Eggs, our best value protein”

Recipes for the New Depression: Hoover Stew

Pick a sausage, any sausage. Through my contact form I have been hearing about meat shortages in the US grocers. “Meat is becoming impossible to obtain, yesterday the Kroger put a limit of two packages and they only had sausage and cold cuts left at the end of the day” First let me point outContinue reading “Recipes for the New Depression: Hoover Stew”

Recipes for the new Depression: Spaghetti with onions

I was reminded of this recipe a couple of days ago. I had originally published it in 2010. It was a commission to re-create a dish based on remembered tastes. As so many of these jobs have come to me it was from an older person who wanted a taste of his childhood. Having beenContinue reading “Recipes for the new Depression: Spaghetti with onions”

Ragu alla Bolognese aka Bolognese sauce

Only white, no tomato. When I asked people to tell me what they needed from me as far as recipes I received in response a recipe from a family in Bologna that has been copied from 1860. It was the family Ragu and only one member of the family could remember tasting it. He turnedContinue reading “Ragu alla Bolognese aka Bolognese sauce”

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