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I'm a blogger on a mission to encourage parents to teach their kids how to cook and eat well.
Interests: cooking, writing, teaching, skiing, biking, hiking, music, travel, literature, entertaining
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A couple times each year, once in January and then again in July, I take a very detailed inventory of my pantry in order to cull foodstuffs that have been part of the family for far too long and are in need of either being used or pitched. As I REALLY hate tossing perfectly good grub, January and July tend... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Oui, Chef
I made a bunch of these little darlings early in the holiday season and kept them in my fridge as a little sweet insurance in the event of impromptu visitors. That's one of the things I love about the holiday season, people just popping by for a cup (or four) of cheer, perhaps dropping by some treats, but usually just... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Oui, Chef
Now that most people's New Year's resolutions about eating healthier and shelling out for a gym membership have been summarily dismissed, how about we get back to some fun, sugar and fat fueled cooking. I made this little number as a dessert over the holidays - just about mid-binge - and it was a solid hit with everyone at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Oui, Chef on each cheek for this one, ma cherie!
Precious, indeed. I'm with you, there is nothing more soul-soothing than Sunday baking....YUM!
Oh yeah, you're talkin'! Wish I had a plate full of these lovelies right now so the binge could begin in earnest!
I'm all for enjoying the holiday bubble, especially when this dish is on the menu!
Just because I've decided to cut back on sugar and fat in my post-holiday diet doesn't mean I've taken all the fun off my table. Case in point, this Sriracha Salt! While I've been a proponent of herbed salts for years, and have used them both as a dry-brine rub on roasts, as well as last minute seasonings on french... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Oui, Chef
After what feels like eons of eating nothing but festive cookies and cakes, vats of cream laden vegetables, and a kaleidoscope of well marbled holiday roasts, this week I officially cried UNCLE. I've never been one who went in for New Year's resolutions, preferring instead to make minor (or major) course adjustments in my life when I feel they're needed,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Oui, Chef
I don't have a lot of time today, but did want to wish everyone out there a joyous holiday season! As another year wraps to a close, we at Oui, Chef are grateful for the friends we've made here, and look forward to cooking more great food with you in the new year. This buche de noel is one that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2014 at Oui, Chef
When I was but a wee lad my favorite store-bought snacks were Oreos (and this was long before any of that Double-Stuff business), and Drake’s Funny Bones. While Oreos in a multitude of varieties are still with us, sadly, Drake’s the makers of Yodels, Ring Dings, and Devil Dogs stopped producing my childhood addiction years ago. Everyone knows what an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Alas we have come to the third and final cookie I made for this year's holiday swap, and I'll have you know that this one was the clear winner among all voters under the age of 20 in my giving universe. My original plan was to make a peanut butter filled version of Thomas Keller's TKO's (his version of an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Today I present to you MY second favorite cookie of the three I made this year to satisfy the requirements of our family holiday cookie swap. I emphasise the MY in the prior sentence, because by most accounts the cookie I will be sharing next, a mint-chocolate offering, was the runaway winner of the popularity contest this year; but as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I love beef salads and actually have some lemon grass stalks in my freezer...I can see making this dish VERY soon!
We always enjoy mincemeat pies as part of our Thanksgiving feast, not at Christmas....not sure why. It is absolutely required though, if Mom doesn't make one I'll turn her away at the door! Love the tradition of making your own, might have to give it a try.
It's time once again to share some of the sweet holiday treats that I baked up for what is now our 3rd Annual Dunn Sibling Holiday Cookie Swap. Per my brother's recommendation a couple years back, he and I and our sister (along with a few other select invitees) have exchanged holiday cookies to commemorate the season now that we've... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Oui, Chef
For the first year in a VERY long time, I didn't carve a Jack-O-Lantern at Halloween this year. Given that my kids are finally all old enough that they've outgrown "trick or treating", and that I live in such a low-density neighborhood that we are NEVER even a blip on the radar screen of the young ghosts and princesses out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Not to sound like too much of a snob, but THIS is what chocolate truffles should look like. Not that I really have anything against the perfectly round and smooth confections that most commercial chocolatiers (even very high-end ones) sell as truffles, as many of them can be quite excellent. But for me, truffles should look like the gnarly little... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Oui, Chef
YOWZA.....I can smell this fragrant beauty all the way up here in Massachusetts!
Oh my.... I would like to swim in that pan of goodness and never come up for air!
I came across this recipe from Mark Bittman while searching my files for a little nibble to keep on-hand for visitors over the Thanksgiving holiday. These are super easy to make and addictively Cheez-its on steroids. They are best warm from the oven, so if you pop them in the fridge to keep them fresh for a few days,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Oui, Chef
Just a quick note to wish you and your families a happy, safe and tasty Thanksgiving! Whether your feast is at a table set for twenty, or is an intimate dinner for two, I wish you a day filled with joy, love, plentiful eats, and lots of laughter. Today, I am grateful not just for the bounty on my table,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Oui, Chef
My oldest "baby", Hayden, just turned 22 and as he wasn't home for a traditional birthday celebration with cake this year, I decided to bake him a batch of these amazing brownies to enjoy when he returned from college for Thanksgiving. They are a slight twist on an Alice Medrich recipe from her fab book, Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Oui, Chef
I was so happy to come across this recipe the other day in the latest issue of Saveur Magazine, not just because it looked like a delicious holiday season treat, but also because it allowed me to put some rarely used pantry items of mine to good use. It turns out that I had everything I needed to make this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Oui, Chef
There is something magical in the combination of butternut and sage, don't you think?