I believe healthy food can be delicious. I grow a lot of thing in my backyard. I have 2 little boys whom I try to introduce to many different flavors and am grateful that they have broad palates.

  • Location: Davis CA
  • Favorite foods: Butter. . . sigh. Bourbon, not sour mash. Real Chinese food. Cheese, cheese, and cheese!
  • Last bite on earth: Perfectly ripe camembert.

Latest Comments

What is your Achilles Heel?

I have to say cheese. A great soft Bleu or a perfect Camembert. Great green olives. Don't like sweets so it's all savory for me!

Can Your Parents Cook?

Neither could cook well. My mother has always been focused on what is healthy and not on taste. For example, she always cocked meat until it was the texture of leather to kill all the germs in it; I think it was a generational thing. Also, I think I became interested in cooking because I was HUNGRY for delicious food

Need a Good Pate Brisee Recipe

I have used the Martha Stewart recipe for years.

Least favorite Thanksgiving dish?

I'm with jo_wang. If I don't like it, I don't cook it. The beauty of being the only cook!

What's on Your Menu?

@ Malia: Hope you feel better soon!

@ Ajax, your menu sounds amazing! Your dressing really caught my eye; so creative. You also make me wonder about doing all the cooking yourself - I am, too, and it doesn't bother me a bit!

Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

Last year, I made brie en croute with Dalmatia Fig Spread and it was a great set of flavors. This year I am only having some pistachios and Japanese rice crackers - I moved dinner time up and I want people to be HUNGRY when we start!

Favorite Eggnog?

As Burger 365 said, Strauss Family. With a little brandy.

Cereal Eats: We Admit Our Cereal Habits

Whole milk all the way. Last week my father-in-law told me that his skim milk tasted just like whole milk because it was fortified. Whatever. We don't agree on much as you might guess.

America's Test Kitchen (jeez)

What Jerzee said. And great post Kenji.

Kenji's Green Bean Casserole Base

Where do you get duck fat? Good grocery store or do you "make" it your self?

What's on Your Menu?

Well, this is strange. I wrote a long reply last night that did not post. Sorry!

Here it is as far as I can remember:
@ Lear P: I don't have a bisque recipe yet but am hoping you can't go too far wrong with the main ingredients being lobster and cream. Hope I don't eat my words.
@ Jerzee: thanks for the recipe. I have to admit your posts are at Least half the reason I read this site!
@ Catboy: you crack me up. I couldn't agree more about Wild Turkey - it is my all time favorite.
@ Traveller: your plans sounds great to me.
@ Burger 365: the Manhattans especially sound good - see note re: Wild Turkey above!
@ Boobird: the recipe did come from Epicurious as Teacher says. But, it called for ginger and Chinese five spice. The sauce was fantastically delicious UNTIL I added those things so, this year I will make it up to that point and leave them out.

Happy Turkey day everyone!

Weekend Cook and Tell: Thanksgiving Pregame

Burger365, you're a person after my own heart!

What's on Your Menu?

So I apologize for not checking back in all day - I do hate to be left hanging.
@ Lear P, I do not have a lobster bisque recipe yet but have done some research. It seems like it would be hard to go wrong when your main ingredients are lobster and cream. Hope I don't eat my words!
@ Jerzee, thanks for the recipe! I have to admit your posts are half the reason I read this site!
@ Catboy, you made me laugh out loud. I LOVE Wild Turkey!
@ Traveller, your plans sound great to me!
@ Burger365, what is your cheesecake recipe? Like with dressing, I am on a quest for the perfect pumpkin cheesecake recipe. And what is Junipero gin? Finally, my regular cocktail is a Manhattan. Yum!
@ boo bird, your menu sounds great. The Pinot cranberry recipe is from Epicurious. It has Ginger in it - made it last year and loved it until I added the Ginger and Chinese five spice. So will make it up to that point this year.
Happy Turkey Day everyone!

ATTENTION all you beautiful foodie-type people: pumpkin muffins

The spiced pumpkin bread recipe @ Epicurious is very good. I double the spices. Just make muffins instead of bread.

Your favorite frugal foods and dishes

I know you mentioned black beans and rice but lentils and rice are the first thing that came to mind. Versatile, delicious, healthy, and cheap!

What's cooking this Halloween evening?

Had a pep. pizza from Costco (on sale for $5.99) for the kids. Last night's split pea soup for me! I'm thinking a veggie lasagne would be good next year.

I Know Your Secret

Latin, Jerzee? You never cease to amaze. Translation please.

7 Fruit-Based Ice Cream Recipes We Love

Gotta say the blackberry ice cream we made from Pioneer Woman's recipe was close to the best thing I"ve eaten this summer!

What dessert for Christmas feast?

Now I have a GOOD problem - too many great things to choose from. Thank you all.

@ Lemons - Do you have a recipe for the mince pies? I was wondering about making them but dismissed the idea as too much work. Now you have rekindled the idea.

@dhorst - Divine idea.

@machelle - Double dog dare taken for next big event and will let you know results!

@ Gator Pam - thank you for entering the whole recipe. How do you serve trifle? Just a large spoonful for each serving?

Thanks again everyone.

Where Do You Stand?

Fun Question!

Peanut Butter = chunky, Baby.
Pizza = none. Have eaten waaaaaay too often and am sick of it.
Ribs = wet
Drinks = tea
Mac and cheese = oven
Hamburger or hot dog = either as long as they are good ones
milk = whole ONLY
Chile = with beans
stuffing = onion and homemade like bmai76 but am trying Sunset's artichoke, parmesan this Christmas
paper or plastic = nyet, canvas
conventional or organic = organic unless it's crazy expensive or has been flown in from afar
Chocolate = dark but would rather eat only the good stuff a few times a year than cheap stuff every day
Chocolate or potato chip = salty over sweet so potato chip
Bourbon or scotch = bourbon, any day and everyday (just a little!)