Monthly Archives: December 2010

Blue Sage Cornbread Stuffing

I love stuffing, I love how versatile it is.  All stuffing (or dressing) requires is some sort of bread soaked in some sort of liquid until wet and then bake it until the top is crisp again.  It can be … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Dauphinoise

This is one of my very favorite creations, it combines the richness and texture of dauphinoise potatoes (basically French for scalloped potatoes) with the sweet and earthy taste of the traditional midwestern sweet potato dish.  Don’t let the ingredients scare … Continue reading

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Porter Glazed Ham

To answer your first question, yes, we glazed a ham with beer.  Porter is a remarkable beer that’s perfectly bitter with chocolate and coffee undertones and hints of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg–flavors that go hand in hand with Christmas.  The … Continue reading

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Christmas Dinner

Christmas time is almost upon us, that means another excuse for a great big family meal!  Pretty Bird and I live far away from our families, so it is seldom that we get a chance to host the event, but … Continue reading

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Cranberry Almond Custard

I do love cranberries–they are beautiful, healthful, and TASTY!  But for some reason the only thing we ever do with them is make cranberry sauce.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love me a good cranberry sauce, but this … Continue reading

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Our last post was about bringing more balance and depth to dishes by incorporating as many of the five tastes as possible.  This soup is a good example of that.  A tart apple and a dash of lime juice give … Continue reading

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The Five Flavors of Cooking

One of the greatest chefs I ever worked with once said unto me, ‘Roach, your tongue can only taste five things, so make sure all five flavors are present in whatever you do.’  Wise words that have always served me … Continue reading

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Bayou Stew

Sometimes I’m reminded of why I love my wife as much as I do.  The other day I was at work when I got a text message from Pretty Bird.  ‘They have Alligator and Frog Legs at the grocery store, … Continue reading

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Boning Turkey

It’s after Thanksgiving, you’ve finally gotten rid of all the leftovers and it’s time to head off to the ol’ Grocery Store once again to fill your larder.  You’re walking past the meat aisle and there it is, a whole … Continue reading

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Poultry Stock

Ever since the first Thanksgiving that we made a turducken and had all those bones leftover, we have made our own poultry stock.  Nothing compares to soup made with a homemade broth.  When we make our own stock we are … Continue reading

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