My brother Mike and his wife Angela (owners / operators of Pittman’s on 44) spend spring gearing up for summer. They plan new menu items and get the staff (mostly students) into shape before May Long hits. From that weekend on it’s non-stop insanity. I know because I’ve had a spin in the whirlwind of a beach-town restaurant myself....more
My theme this week: Strategies for getting dinner on the table. Here's one of our favorites for its quick simplicity and bursts of hearty flavors. I’m not great at dashing madly around the kitchen for half an hour. Well, I can do it if G’s at work, J’s napping and NPR’s talking on my headphones. I cannot do it when G’s just gotten home, J’s rangy and Barnie‘s taunting that he loves me. Need I say arsenic hour?...more
As a kid, I loved spicy, super-garlicy sausages. So did all of my family. Then, I married a man who did not really care for sausages. Sometimes I have a craving but all the beef sausages I find are stuffed in natural hog casing. So from time to time, I'd make my own beef sausages, stuff them in sheep casing (!!!) or I just wrap them in plastic then freeze them to keep their shape when cooking. They never were quite as good as the ones I had as a child. My son never liked beef sausages specially my homemade version. ...more
A Touch of SpiceSo I've been allowed to have a bit of a play in the kitchen - and I thought that I would have a play with Moroccan Spices; turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger. I was surprised at how quickly the meal came together (although I did marinate the meat the night before). If you're looking for something with lots of flavour and the something which is ready in less than 20 minutes (20 MINUTES!!) than this dish is for you.Moroccan Lamb and Apricot CouscousSpiced Moroccan Lamb3 lamb back-straps (or lamb fillets)1/2 cup apricot nectar...more
With Thanksgiving just one day away, some of you may still be looking for one more side dish, or one more dessert. Or maybe you just want something different and unusual. I'm still trying to think of a leafy salad that I could make with the rest of the pomegranate seeds that are sitting in my bowl; I'm thinking arugula, romaine lettuce, some nuts...I'll see how I feel about it as the day progresses.
In the meantime I was working on a favorite of mine: Taratur! If you are looking for something different, this is the recipe that you might want to use....more
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