Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Food Porn

Braised short ribs with Campanille, Swiss chard and robusto cheese

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hum hum hummus!

The beautiful thing about hummus is, that it's so easy to make at home! Well, easy if you have a food processor and about 15 minutes of free time. I got a wild hair to make this last weekend and was amazed how good it turned out. I should probably be embarrassed at this, but I had never made it before.  So, I threw caution to the wind at just went for it.

I bought 2 cans of organic garbonzo beans, (make sure there are no "sketchy" things in there, it should just be water, beans, salt, THATS IT) two lemons, I had some good olive oil, a little water, and  S&P. That's it! Drain the beans, add to processor with a 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup lemon juice (give or take) a glug or two of good OO and start blending. And blending...and... well you get the idea. If it gums up in the bowl, drizzle in some more OO or a little more water to get it moving again, and let it go. Season with S & P to taste and adjust the lemon/OO to your liking.

The coolest thing about this is, the sky's the limit. Now that you have done the base recipe, next time you can add garlic, red pepper, whatever the hell you want to it. Now, go and make some hummus will ya!


Thursday, January 7, 2010


It's that time of year That I love. It's getting cold outside. It's time to layer up. Not only with clothes, but with food. Great example of layering is one of my favorites. Lasagna. I do an herbed ricotta and homemade tomato sauce recipe. In the ricotta I use thyme and marjoram or Oregano. For the Sauce, I use crushed San Marzano or Centro tomatoes, cubed squash, onions, garlic, you know the usual suspects. Depending on my mood, I may or may NOT put meat in it. I know, Lasagna without meat!!!! Blasphemy! Well, sometimes you just need to go against the grain. So, As the New Year is here, and the cold continues. Layer up and make yourself something delicious! Cheers!