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Nov 4, 2010
Bee (on the verge of potential pre-bedtime meltdown): I'm hungry! Slim: Why don't you have some gefilte fish? Me: Wondering whether I will, in fact, ever eat the jar of gefilte fish I bought a couple of months ago. Bee: I want 'filtafish! I want 'filtafish! I. Want. 'Filtafish! Me: It's chopped-up fish. Bee: ... I don't want gefilte fish. * * * * * * Also, it occurs to me, now, that I'm going to have to be the one who introduces her to the food of my ancestors. Will look more closely at this recipe. Also, ask my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
Now is when I would call my mother to confirm that each square of Baker's(R) chocolate is an ounce. Even melting chocolate in a small saucepan reminds me of her: The solid bars kissing the bottom of the pan-- you know when they just start to melt? The smell that wafts up, just at that point. Before the chocolate burns. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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Brilliant accidental dinner inspired by "What am I going to do with this?" asparagus and "I can't believe we have no tomatoes, canned or fresh, in this house!" pancetta, which I bought on Sunday with tomato sauce in mind. And this recipe, from bon appetit, which I found at epicurious. Cool, right? A perfect match, including some of my staples (lemons, parmesan, onions, garlic, pasta) and a timely treat (cream) except I didn't have fresh basil or parsley. Or green onions. But I would have been inclined to skip them, anyway. Here's what I did do: Creamy macaroni and cheese... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
... and I'm JOLTED back into blogging my recipes after wasting at least twenty minutes (again), looking for "that yummy recipe that uses up leftover mashed potatoes". I always go to Easy Indian Cooking (Suneeta Vaswani) first, where I flip through "vegetables" first, and then every other chapter. No, it's not the pea filled potato cakes. And it's not the potato and pea turnovers. And then I have a vague sense that it should be in the "stuff to do with leftovers" section-- except this book doesn't have one. The leftovers section is in Indian Every Day (Anjum Anand). Except... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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So ... can you tell me why I would want to bake my macaroni and cheese instead of just throwing it together in a pot on the stove? I was hoping that my brand new copy of How to Cook Everything would explain, but it doesn't. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
Oh now THAT sounds YUMM-O! That's my next batch. The salt thing makes me too nervous.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2010 on Crispy kale chips at One Gorilla Kitchen
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Also part of the Rob & Naomi combo: feta and lime cabbage slaw, from Jeannette Ordas, at everybody likes sandwiches. It spent a couple of months on my 'mental note' sidebar list, and I finally pulled it out for their visit. 1 cabbage 1 lime olive oil honey salt & pepper feta cheese I did actually use a whole head of cabbage (sliced thinly), and I'm glad because the leftovers were yummy for the whole week. I used Manuka honey, because it was all we had-- but it added a pretty strong honey flavour, and I wouldn't mind checking whether... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
Tinfoil potatoes Rebecca and co. add onion soup mix to their potatoes. Karen adds "lots" of chopped garlic, "a generous amount of cumin", chili powder and salt to hers. Crispy kale chips: Erica figured out that 7-8 minutes in a convection oven set to 325 was long enough to crisp the kale. She also said: delicious! we love them. even O. who isn't so into vegetables. but they are very crumbly so mostly he just squishes them to smitherines in his hand and them licks them off. not so elegant, but effective. thanks for helping me get some greens into... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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I think this recipe, from 101 cookbooks, may have sparked a love affair with quinoa (ahem - for me, not the rest of my family. Yet.) Cooking quinoa Heidi says to boil 2 cups of quinoa in 3 cups of water. I haven't looked elsewhere for instructions. I only had a cup of dry quinoa-- slightly less than a cup, actually, because I was just experimenting when I bought it. Didn't pay enough attention when I added the water, and I'm sure I added too much. Didn't matter. The texture was awesome. Simmered for 25-30 minutes, like she says, until... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
Fixermama: I know, I know ... !
Toggle Commented May 16, 2010 on Kitchen wisdom, from Slim at One Gorilla Kitchen
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I swear I don't bake. Once in a blue moon. Over the last year I've baked maybe two batches of brownies, I stumbled across a really great strawberry-rhubarb pudding thing that I have to remember to add to my cookbook, and that was about it. Maybe a crisp or two (apple)-- except President's Choice (President's Choice!) came out with a really awesome, inexpensive apple crisp (regular, not blue menu*), and then ... why bother making one from scratch? So to have baked brownies and this cardamon vanilla pound cake in the same weekend is weird for me, and it's totally... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
I added ricotta to the baked apple pancake, this morning. I had half a container in the fridge, and when Bee asked for the pancake this morning, I thought I'd experiment with adding protein. I wasn't sure where I should add the ricotta, and decided that it would be better to hide it in the batter. It hid well, and the pancake tasted exactly the same, though it was a bit heavier. So ... would some baking powder help with that, or what? Also, how wacky would it be to add some sunflower seed butter (my new favourite) to the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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From: My first serious boyfriend's mother. Circa: 1990. Easy to throw together. And they go well with anything you're ever going to barbeque. Chop up some potatoes. I mean, chop them roughly. The smaller you chop them, the faster they'll cook-- but you want them to be a bit chunky, too. (The ones pictured above are teeny-tiny potatoes, so I only chopped them in half.) Eyeball the pile of potato pieces to get a sense of how many pieces of tinfoil you'll need. A small double-handful of potatoes should fit on one piece of tinfoil. You may find that you... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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We first experimented with this recipe a few weeks ago. We didn't have much to eat in the house except a frozen steak, and on our daily "what should we do for supper?" phone call, I told Slim to pull it out, chop it into chunks, and I'd figure out something to marinate it in. I don't have a lot of experience with red meat: Slim likes to buy steak once in a while, and he takes care of cooking it. I'll eat a bit of it-- off the end, the overcooked bit-- but I'm usually happy to focus on... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
Try them! Try them!
Toggle Commented May 7, 2010 on Crispy kale chips at One Gorilla Kitchen
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Seriously! We tried it as a science experiment, and it totally worked! I'm so happy I could pass the tip on to at least one more person who hasn't tried it before.
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Thank you thank you thank you, dear Internet friend who passed on this crazy-simple recipe (It's not even a recipe. It's a plan of action.) for crispy kale "chips"! Throw lots of olive oil on it-- I used my hands to toss everything around, in my grandmother's bowl-- and then bake on a baking sheet for 15 minutes. At ... I'm guessing 350 degrees, but I can't remember the details. It worked, anyway. Three things to remember: The bits of kale can't touch each other on the baking sheet, or it'll ... um ... steam itself, is what my friend... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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You know how your mother told you that you can put a slice of apple in a container of rock-hard brown sugar to soften it up? She was right. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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Okay, but the really interesting thing about these cookies is that I baked them twice this week: once on Sunday, and then again tonight. Because they didn't turn out right the first time. Because-- I'm 99.9% positive-- I forgot to add the cup of white sugar. The cookies were cakey when I first took them out (see the cookie on the right). Delicious, but cakey. And that's not the way I remembered them. And then I realized what I'd done. Or ... what I hadn't done. But they were good. We all thought so: I did, Bee did, Slim even... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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And ... this is why I started this living cookbook. Or at least one of the reasons. We decided to bake again, last Sunday. I suggested it to Bee because I was too busy filing my tax return (late) to take her to the museum for "family art" day. (And then-- honestly-- immediately thought, Did I just suggest baking? Delete! Delete! Undo! Did she hear me? How can I get out of this???) We've used this recipe before-- and I made a mental note of it-- but I didn't print it out or copy it anywhere. Lucky for me, Google... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
How to make great scrambled eggs, from Jeannette Ordas, of Everybody LIkes Sandwiches, via Poppytalk. Just making a note. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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Ohmygod yummy peanut butter cookies that I baked on a whim, the other night, because I was being hounded by Bee, who wanted to play "pretend". Peanut butter, because we had a quarter jar of *President's Choice "Just Peanuts" Blue Menu peanut butter that I've been wanting to use. (You know how the "just peanuts"-types of peanut butter needs to be stirred really well? And how if you don't stir it well, you end up with at least a quarter of a jar of peanut butter that's not suitable for toast? Yeah.) So this was a fluky kind of lazing-around-on-the-couch-oh-crap-did-I-just-suggest-baking???... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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Toast. Pressed cottage cheese. Avocado. Sambal Oelek*. And a crossword puzzle: my addiction, this Spring. __________________________________________________ *Yowza! Of course, I can make homemade Sambal Oelek! Of course! Why am I not making homemade sambal oelek? Making a mental note (see list on right). Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen
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This isn't a difficult recipe, but I dumb it down even more when I'm in a hurry. Or ... lazy. Turkey Meatloaf Adapted from Gourmet, via epicurious Olive oil 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion (I have an on-again-off-again relationship with onions. I often leave them out.) 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 carrot, chopped water 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 3 tablespoons ketchup 1 cup bread crumbs 1/3 cup milk 1 whole egg, lightly beaten 1 egg white, lightly beaten 1 1/4 lb ground turkey another 1/2 teaspoon salt another 2 tablespoons ketchup Preheat the oven to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2010 at One Gorilla Kitchen