The Sauce That Goes on Everything

I like to keep the tension high, but since there’s a picture, I’ll just come out with it. The mystery sauce is bechamel, and it sounds complex, but it’s a basic sauce that is easy to make and then modify to suit all kinds of things. Let’s talk about it. Bechamel starts with a roux….

Despair-Free Palmiers

Sometimes we think fresh food is a nightmare time sink of darkness and despair. If you’re feeling that way, try to go out that night. It’ll show in your food. No one wants to eat your despair. But when the clouds part, try rough puff pastry, and make some of these ephemeral lovelies. If you’re…

10 Minute Whiskey Lime Shrimp Scampi

Quick, easy, late food. I just wanted to eat. I got a bag of frozen, peeled, deveined shrimp without tails on sale a few days ago, and I wanted something tasty to do with it. There’s whiskey, half a lime, and some spices. Let’s eat. You can thaw it, if you’re a planner. It doesn’t…

GUACAMOLE.

Guac. You love it or you hate it. I want you to love it the way I do, though. It’s amazing stuff. You can read a million articles about the health benefits of it, and all that is super important, but what really matters is the amazing stuff it does to tacos. So how do…

The Art of Vinaigrette

Vinaigrette is amazing stuff. It’s simple, tasty, and goes with everything. You can buy it, if you want, but if you make your own, you can proportion it the way you like it, with the vinegars and olive oils that you like, and it’s always fresh. You can make it in the quantity you need…

Strawberry Fields For Breakfast

These little strawberry flowers are a perfect late breakfast. When you realize they are cookie type crusts filled with pastry cream and topped with fruit, there will be a part of you that rebels against such rich food, but here’s what I suggest: cut it in half. Better yet, get a breakfast buddy and share….

Homemade Pasta Is Easier Than You Think

It is, I promise. You do have to invest in a little equipment. Well, you don’t have to, but if you don’t, it will not be easier than you think. I’ll give you a simple recipe you won’t have to write down, that you can flavor with anything you can puree, and you can run…