Mise. En. Place.

Today’s inspiration from a busy lifestyle:  Mise en place.  In French it means “put in place.”  In the professional kitchen it refers to all the product a cook needs to wash, cut, chop, portion or cook ahead of time to be able to prepare your meal in a half hour or less.  At home itContinue reading “Mise. En. Place.”

Chopped Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

Atkins Day 7.  Here is another quick low carb breakfast, brunch or lunch option inspired by classic wedge or cobb salads. Using crispy cool romaine lettuce as the base, combine it with whatever you happen to have in your fridge to add texture and flavor.  Today I had crunchy thinly sliced red cabbage, peppery redContinue reading “Chopped Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing”

Brunch Menu Teasers

Italians don’t eat brunch.  At least not that I could tell.  I traveled northern Italy for over two weeks in 2012.  For our morning meals we drank espresso and ate bread, charcuterie, cheese, and sometimes some fruit. But from Venice to the Ligurian coast, I never saw a poached egg, anywhere. So when a friendContinue reading “Brunch Menu Teasers”

Easy Easter Roast: Rolled Lamb Shoulder

Lamb shoulder has quickly become one of my favorite ingredients.  If you love the flavor of lamb but don’t want to shell out the bucks for rack of lamb (too fussy) or lamb shanks, lamb shoulder is actually a very economical and much more versatile choice.  

Summer Garden Round Up #1: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzerella, Proscuitto & Basil

Okay, so the whole Post a Week thing hasn’t exactly worked out.  I won’t bother making lame excuses, but anyway here I am, back to the blog world. We had a moderately successful garden this year, which for a some time, produced more tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs than two people could possibly eat.  It wasContinue reading “Summer Garden Round Up #1: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzerella, Proscuitto & Basil”