key lime pie

This is the simplest pie ever created. It's perfect for anyone who loves the juxtaposition of sweet with sour. If you've only had those horribly sweet, green-tinted monstrosities available at the supermarket, make this recipe. Trust me. If fresh key limes are not available (chances are they're not), a perfectly acceptable substitute is bottled key lime juice (Nelly & Joe's brand is particularly good).5 egg yolks4 oz. key lime juice14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk9 inch graham cracker crustPreheat Read more [...]

chili mac worth eating

Here again, quality of ingredients is the key to producing a worthwhile final product.1 lb. ground beef3 TB olive oil1 medium onion, finely diced2-4 TB chili powder*1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes1 c. low-sodium chicken broth (or water if broth is not on hand)salt and cayenne pepper to taste1 cup elbow macaroniIn a 4 quart saucepan on medium-high heat, brown the ground beef in 2 TB of olive oil. Drain in a colander and set aside.Add the diced onion and the additional TB of oil to the saucepan. Saute Read more [...]

simplicity is key

You can't define zen. It is, by definition, beyond words. Zen Master Osho has tried to help people understand by saying it is "laughter born out of silence." So how does one make his kitchen a "zen kitchen?" There isn't a real answer to that question -- but I think that it boils down to simplicity.Simple foods, seasoned simply, prepared simply. The result is a finished product that transcends the sum of its parts. And yes, I have laughed at how such simple things can be brought together to Read more [...]

baked potatoes

Restaurant baked potatoes are typically horrible. They're either stale, having been cooked in advance or wrapped in foil (why?) and gummy.These are not, however, difficult to make at home. Follow these easy steps and you'll never settle for anything less than a perfect baked potato. Start with Idaho Russet potatoes and figure one medium potato per person. Try to make sure that they are all about the same size. Wash them and pat dry. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Prick the skins of each potato Read more [...]

perfect coffee cake

I made 6 different recipes, trying my best to find the perfect formula for this most elusive of baked goods. Everyone has has or her own favorite way of making coffee cake -- some use sour cream, some have crunchy/nutty toppings, while some are light and fluffy. Each of these variations has its place in a kitchen, just not mine.I usually go to the folks at Cooks Illustrated for my initial attempt at a recipe. They walk you through their thought process as they develop their master recipe. Unfortunately, Read more [...]

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