May, 2008 Archive

Friday, May 30, 2008

molly’s dry-rubbed ribs

molly's dry-rubbed ribs

[My friend Molly made the most amazing ribs on Memorial Day. Prior to Monday, I thought I liked mopped, or barbecue sauced-up ribs. I am now officially a dry rub convert, and begged her to let us know how she did it. Thanks Molly!–Deb]

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

haricot vert with shallots

haricot vert, shallots, butter, lemon and tomatoes

Nearly a year ago, I told you about my favorite side dish. But what I failed to tell you is that these things change suddenly for no apparent reason. One day I’ll try something I’m certain sounds too uninteresting to be executed well–in that case, zucchini, almonds and a bit of parmesan, barely cooked–and the flavor blows my mind to the point that I must eat it that night, the next one and all the days that follow, then pausing for a couple weeks just to pick it up once more.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

strawberry rhubarb pie

strawberry rhubarb pie

I usually try to shield you from examples of my various forms of Crazy, but in this case, it’s just too relevant not to own up to. You see, I’ve got all sorts of superstitions about pies, with each and every harebrained theory derived from some near or actual pie disaster in my past.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

30 ways to be a good guest

classic coleslawblue cheese coleslawspicy radicchio slaw with pecansnapa cabbage and sesame seed slawpickled coleslawgreen onion slawroseanne cash's potato saladdilled potato and pickled cucumber potato saladblack bean confetti saladsalsa frescagreen bean and tomato saladspring panzanellaviennese cucumber saladgazpacho saladpasta primavera saladeasiest mac-and-cheesecreamiest mac-and-cheesefried chickenhot and smoky baked beanscheddar, chili and green onion corn breadhomemade bbq saucehoisin bbq saucetequila lime chickenpork ribletscherry cornmeal upside-down cakepineapple upside-down cakecaramel walnut upside down banana cakestrawberry-rhubarb crumblefresh strawberry tartmargarita cookies

As Alex and I go into yet another summer without a patio to house an outdoor grill and a dozen of our nearest and dearest, this means but one thing: doing our best to get ourselves invited to as many barbecues, pot-lucks and patio parties as we can. Nobody can say that we don’t have goals.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

semolina dumpling soup

semolina dumpling soup

My German grandmother never made mazto ball soup with chicken stock, or so my mother tells me. In fact, she never made chicken stock at all. Compared to beef stock, chicken stock’s flavor paled, she felt, so why use it?

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Monday, May 19, 2008

mushroom strudel

miniature mushroom strudel

I am not proud of this, but I’m really just a one trick pony in the language department. Sure, after four years of high school French and the shortest exchange program ever, I can get by in Paris and because of this, can occasionally make sense of written Italian or Spanish, but Czech? German? I couldn’t be further from makings heads or tails of it.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

cherry cornmeal upside-down cake

cherry cornmeal upsidedown cake

This is the cake in which I did everything wrong.

1. It was impromptu, on a week that I have been trying to embrace salads, vegetables and water, or all those things I got too little of on Alex and Deb’s Central European Vacation. But I’m a sucker for any and all upside-down cakes, and this one sounded so good, my resolve was immediately weakened.

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