All Mixed Up


It’s not the recipe’s fault, though. When it names the ingredients to accompany mango and chicken in the wok, it lists nothing more specific than “fresh stir-fry vegetables.” Therefore, the decision is each cook’s, and there’s no telling where personal tastes will take things. For example, today’s offering brings carrots, bell peppers bean sprouts and… Continue reading All Mixed Up

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What the Heck is Labneh?


Confusing, for one thing. When Shape provided a recipe for Double-Lemon Labneh Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust in April 2020, the game was on. Cheesecake? Yes. Double-Lemon? How about Double-Yes? Pistachios? Nothing else compares. But what to make of this “Labneh” thing? Just what is that supposed to be? The internet provided answers, though unsurprisingly, many… Continue reading What the Heck is Labneh?

Plenty for Everyone!


That’s what inspired Thanksgiving, isn’t it, a celebration of, and gratitude for, a bountiful harvest?  Today’s entry heartily endorses that appeal with a plate full  of the best of farm, forest and field.  Just the crops alone are well-represented in the produce spilling from the cornucopia below:Today’s feast started with an episode of the Cook’s… Continue reading Plenty for Everyone!

How Novel


Books feed our hunger for intellectual sustenance, quite often with a savory flourish, but what of real, stomach-growling cravings?  They do, perhaps, when the book is James Patterson’s thriller about a cook on the lam, titled, unexpectedly, The Chef.   A friend read the tome, noticed a small collection of recipes in an appendix, and immediately… Continue reading How Novel

Does Mr. Presley Approve?


You better believe he would. After all, this week brings Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Banana Butter Frosting. As that very combination – PB and bananas – was one of Elvis’s favorites, this is exactly the sort of treat that’d leave the singer All Shook Up. Of course, the beguiling aroma drifts through the kitchen, and… Continue reading Does Mr. Presley Approve?

“Something Wicked This Way Comes”


What is that?  A witch’s kettle of Thai green curry, perhaps, pieces of zucchini mysteriously bobbing to the surface.  How about pairing it with rice, blacker than midnight, and pulsing with cubed squash, colors of the spooky season?  This is a pairing Martha Stewart imagines and features on her website. (*1)  In keeping with the… Continue reading “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

So, Cleveland Does Rock?


Uh huh, and in more ways than one, apparently. Not only do you have the tunes, but you also find food that feeds the beat. Nowhere is that sustenance more vibrant than in the region’s Hungarian-American communities, among the nation’s largest. Here, in the suburb of Shaker Heights, Cook’s Country found a restaurant serving an… Continue reading So, Cleveland Does Rock?

It’s Not Too Late


So you slept in this morning. That’s what weekends are for, isn’t it? It’s too soon for lunch, though you’re hungry now. Unfortunately, it’s too late for breakfast too, right? Nope! That’s exactly why brunch was invented, to satisfy just such a situation. Brilliant! That’s just what Food & Wine had in mind when it… Continue reading It’s Not Too Late