Blue Kitchen

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Cool kitchen gear alert: the 2015 Housewares Show is coming to Chicago

We like kitchen stuff. We don’t need to own it all, but we just like being around it, looking at it and talking to people who like it as much as we do. So attending the International Home +.. ....more

Meat meets beer goggles: Beer-braised Beef Short Ribs

Short ribs braised in stout get extra flavor from garlic, shallots, carrots, mushrooms and chestnuts. Recipe below. Beer and I don’t have a happy history ....more

Spicy, tangy Korean comfort: Kimchi Soup with Pork Belly and Tofu

The savory, pungent, spicy goodness of Kimchi Soup with Pork Belly and Tofu will fend off just about anything winter throws at you. Recipe below. Compared to Boston and other points east, we’re.. ....more

Recipes for an unreserved Valentine’s Day

So it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you haven’t scored a restaurant reservation. Or maybe you’ve chosen to abstain from the madness of one of the busiest nights for restaurants. Whatever the case,.. ....more

Oregano dials up the savory in one-pot Braised Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Peas

Dried oregano, garlic and onions create an aromatic base for a weeknight quick one-pot dinner of chicken, potatoes and peas. Recipe (and thoughts on dried herbs) below. I go through phases with.. ....more

Microwaving gives Skillet Potatoes a head start

Nuking potatoes instead of parboiling them makes skillet-sautéed potatoes even quicker to fix. Fresh herbs add a nice finish. Recipe below ....more

A cure for uncommon cold: Dried Cherry Upside Down Cake

Dried tart cherries and a batter made with olive oil and flavored with star anise and almond extract create a dense, delicious, not-too-sweet dessert—or an illicit breakfast. Recipe below. First, I.. ....more

Skip risotto’s obsessive stirring: Risotto-style Orzo with Porcini Mushrooms

Orzo—rice-shaped pasta—stands in for rice in this earthy, less fussy version of risotto, flavored with dried porcini mushrooms, saffron, leeks, garlic and lemon juice. Recipe below. For years, we.. ....more

Lemony Lamb Burgers with Dijon Mustard

Lemon zest, garlic, fresh parsley, a scallion and Dijon mustard liven up this simple lamb burger. Recipe below. I was in college the first time I ate lamb ....more

A delicious break from holiday excess: Curried Lentils with Poached Eggs

Lentils cooked with an international mix of spices and aromatics and topped with poached eggs make a satisfying vegetarian lunch, light supper or, as served by April Bloomfield, robust breakfast.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...more