Tag: entree

Sundays with Sparky: Pizza with Prosciutto and Arugula

Sundays with Sparky: Pizza with Prosciutto and Arugula
Waaay back when Sparky was knee-high to a grasshopper…or more realistically, knee-high to a basketball player, when we dined out as a family, we often visited one of many excellent local pizzerias. Sparky would invariably order the pepperoni pizza “for kids”…but almost always wound up eating the pizzas we’d chosen for ourselves. We’d get stuck... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu

The Wayback Machine: Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu
Yes, you read that right, it’s fancy- but it’s not my fault, I swear! It’s that darn TV and all those ideas it has in it! You see, we were having a quiet morning – I was relaxing and watching a bit of Food Network, and Sparky was sitting beside me, drawing comics. Tyler Florence... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Quick Chicken Fajitas

The Wayback Machine: Quick Chicken Fajitas
Sometimes, I over-complicate things…well, most times…well, probably all the time, but the point is that I realized that the ultimate purpose of this blog project – teaching Sparky to cook – was taking a back seat to me showing off while making a giant mess in the kitchen! I realized that, despite our four years... Read more »
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The Food Desert Project: Giardiniera Fried Rice with Sardines

The Food Desert Project: Giardiniera Fried Rice with Sardines
Since this project relies so heavily on preserved foods, it’s sometimes difficult to come up with summertime recipes.  I’ve been toying with finding a way to reproduce kimchi because Korean-style fried rice is delicious year-round, and I suddenly realized that the closest counterpart I am likely to find in the food desert is not sauerkraut... Read more »

Sundays with Sparky: Oxtail Poutine

Sundays with Sparky: Oxtail Poutine
Many of you have found me via Google or another search engine; I find it endlessly amusing to read the search terms that bring you to Quips, Travails and Braised Oxtails. Some of my favorite inexplicable googles have included “income generating potential of pies and pastry,” (thus far, zero!) “shredded kevlar” (no, don’t have a recipe... Read more »

The Wayback Machine: Broccoli Aglio e Olio & Kitchen Explosions

The Wayback Machine: Broccoli Aglio e Olio & Kitchen Explosions
#Solidarity4Wilmot repost: In my quest to simplify, we move on to steamed broccoli – but I feel honor bound to mention that I, um, set the kitchen on fire while preparing vegetables with water. We will discuss kitchen safety and enumerate exactly what went wrong downthread (No Sparkies or kitchen infrastructure were harmed in the making of... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Meatloaf

Sundays with Sparky: Meatloaf
Another food I now love, but used to look at askance: meatloaf.  I’ve learned a lot since I was a kid – mostly, that a loosely-packed freestanding meatloaf gives you better flavor and texture than the squashed-into-a-bread-pan-brick meatloaves of yesteryear. I will note that we discovered after the fact that our finished meatloaf tipped the... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Sausage Pozole Stew

The Food Desert Project: Sausage Pozole Stew
Pozole is an example of the ingenuity of our ancestors: first of all, it contains hominy – an ancient method of turning hard, indigestible feed corn into an edible starch by a process known as nixtamalization, where the corn was softened by cooking in lye or limewater. It’s a stew of somewhat storied Pre-Colombian origin, well-known... Read more »

The Food Desert Project: Quick Pumpkin Chili

The Food Desert Project: Quick Pumpkin Chili
Chili is one of those wintertime foods everybody loves. It is a humble dish with an enigmatic past – some say it came by way of a mysterious Lady in Blue, others that it traces its roots to pre-Civil War Texas prison food, but everyone agrees it is delicious.  Traditional chili requires long, slow cooking, but I... Read more »
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Sundays with Sparky: Broccoli Cheese Souffle

Sundays with Sparky: Broccoli Cheese Souffle
You may have read about Sparky’s famous Swamp Monster Soup, which is basically a broccoli-cheese soup with hard-boiled egg “eyes.” I realized that this idea could easily translate into a souffle, and as I looked for a recipe to guide me, I found this one from Cooking Light that looked about right. I tweaked this recipe,... Read more »