In a pickle

After taking Serious Eat’s advice on making sauerkraut and buying an Easy Fermenter kit, I’ve started pickling this year’s crop of Hungarian Wax Peppers. Here’s the basic recipe. Lacto-Fermented Peppers Prep Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 5-10 days Difficulty: Easy Servings: 1 quart  Source: culturesforhealth.com  INGREDIENTS Sweet peppers Sea salt Filtered water Seasoning of choice: cumin or cayenne, peeled garlic, sliced onion; cilantro … Read more

My new favorite drink

Pink Negroni Difficulty: Easy Servings: 1 Source: Saveur INGREDIENTS 2 ounces gin 1 ounce Campari 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 1 ounce Lillet Blanc 3 dashes Bittermens burlesque bitters 1 sprig tarragon for garnish DIRECTIONS Combine gin, Campari, lemon juice, Lillet, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into … Read more

A somewhat backwards Xmas Eve dinner

Due to last minute popular demand (read my father-in-law), I’m making ham this year.  So all  the sides got changed around as well.  And I’m making the Harsha Family Midwestern Oyster Stew, guaranteed to be delicious even when you’re not near a coast.  I’m near one, but TRADITION! The rest of the meal is Marion … Read more

Happy Boxing Day!!!

Seelbach Cocktail Recipe By: Imbibe Magazine Serving Size: 1 Summary:  Named after the Louisville, Kentucky hotel where it was first crafted in 1917, the Seelbach cocktail is a classic mix of bourbon, Cointreau and both Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters. Ingredients: 1 ounce bourbon 1/2 ounce Cointreau 7 dashes Angostura bitters 7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters Champagne … Read more

July 4th 2014: stuff on sticks

Courtesy Hurricane Arthur, it was too wet to grill outside, so we improvised and used my Yakitori grill to make stick based foods: Suya, Yang Rou Chuan, and Eggplant Rollups.  Plus hotdogs (not on sticks), baked Mac and Cheese, Orzo and Shrimp Salad, green salad, and ribs from Redbones. Guests brought watermelon gazpacho (amazing), sangria (also … Read more