Trying New Food and Instant Feedback

This is definitely a vote for Yucky

There is pretty simple voting system when it comes to trying new food in our house.  Our identical twin boys Oscar and Theo do their best Siskel & Ebert impressions. Instead of a dull thumbs up or thumbs down they add their own twist.  Basically there are three votes: Yummy: Thumbs up. Yucky: Thumbs down. [...]

The Sorry State of the “Kids Menu”

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We spent the Thanksgiving holiday in San Antonio. It’s a great city to visit if you have children. Thanksgiving Day we ventured to The Alamo in the morning and later went to Sea World, since they opened late that day at noon.  The next day we walked along the city’s River Walk and later did [...]

Bistro Macaroni Gratin

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A couple weeks back I made Provencale Beef Stew from a French Bistro Cooking course I took over 15 years ago. There is a part two to this recipe.  The stew makes a flavorful broth that is used to make a macaroni gratin dish. I have never made the gratin without the two cups of [...]

Parsnip and Sweet Potato Latkes

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I love latkes and with a refrigerator full of sweet potatoes I needed to find something new to do so I went to my favorite food blog – {Custom Made} Life. I had everything I needed, minus a parsnip to make the latkes recipe. The only time consuming part here is shredding the sweet potatoes [...]

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Tagine

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I missed the past couple weeks of going to the Farmer’s Market, but fortunately White Rock’s market was open last Saturday.  There was a great selection of vegetables available. I walked away with sweet potatoes, kale, arugula, red potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, and the most beautiful yellow zucchini I’ve seen this year. With only a [...]

Pizza Doesn’t Grow on Trees

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Oscar and Theo were recently discussing what kind of work they’d like to be doing when they grew older.  One of their more inventive ideas is to open a new dinning establishment built to cater to the dream diet of the 5 year old consumer.  Their favorite place to eat, I’m sad to say, is [...]

Provencale Beef Stew

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In 1993 I took a French Bistro Cooking class that was taught by one of the chefs from The Heathman Restaurant & Bar.  It was my first cooking class that led to many other classes that summer.  Oddly, the thing I remember most about this particular class was my “helping” with cleanup and rinsing a [...]

Udon Noodles with Kale and Shitake Mushrooms

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A simple noodle dish for a quick meal is something you should have in your home cooking back pocket. This dish takes about 10 minutes total time.  You can do all the vegetable preparation and cooking while the udon noodles cook. Udon Noodles with Kale and Shitake Mushrooms Serves 4 1 package of udon noodles 4 oz. [...]

Emeril Lagasse’s Steak Diane Compliments of Food & Wine iPad App

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My favorite way to cook filet mignon at home is to get a bit adventerous and light some cognac on fire, watch my wife’s head nod in disgust and listen to my kids say “daddy is burning the kitchen.”  Oh well, that’s what home insurance is for, right?  If you are going to catch your [...]

Off to BlogWorld 2011

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I’m off to BlogWorld L.A. 2011 to learn from the blogging community.  It’s a great event.  Last year was my first visit and I had a great time learning from other bloggers, marketing/social consultants, and corporate PR/marketing/social media types.  There is  a wide variety of topics discussed and I’m sure I’ll takeaway a lot of [...]